Don’t ignore people’s views

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You have invited comment on the children database. Last April the Department of Education and Children, when announcing the Children Bill would not be proceeding in its proposed form, said that plans for a children database would be scrapped as the department had listened to the public’s views.

Only eight months later it would seem this scrapping never took place.

The government is there by the will of the people. In exchange electors should feel able to trust what they are being told.

When government invites people’s views, says it accepts the concerns expressed and will not proceed with its plans no one expects to discover it appears to have carried on regardless. This matters especially in difficult economic times. Unless treated with respect people may be less ready to accept tough decisions government might have to make which affect them.

ALAN CROLL

Douglas,

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