Wednesday 25 February 2009

Known unknowns!

Nottingham MP Alan Simpson was spot on with his withering comments during the Freedom of Information debate.
People understand there are some things they shouldn't know, but that wasn't the message being sent out by Jack Straw's decision.
"The public will believe that in refusing to clarify whether the Cabinet were among the deceivers or the deceived, nothing is being protected other than their own interests," said Simmo.
The subject reminded me of the infamous quote which netted the US Defence Secretary, and my favourite politician of the second Iraq War, Donald Rumsfeld a 'foot in mouth' award from the British Plain English Campaign...
"As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know," said Rummy.
Are these minutes destined to remain known unknowns or unknown unknowns?

Angry Ferret

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