Re: “Less transparent anti-corruption draft defended on basis of right to privacy”, The Nation, yesterday.
The Nation reports that the Anti-Corruption bill is being rewritten to include “clauses to not reveal the complete assets reports of political holders when taking office as it had to balance transparency”. Oh! That’s a loophole you could drive a truck through. And it will be taken advantage of.
Here’s an idea – if you want to maintain your privacy, don’t become a politician. You know – a servant of the people.
If you’re only in it for the money and you’re a crook, have it so you “don’t have to” disclose your ill-gotten gains. It’s that black and white.
If a company offered me a great job (outside the public sector) and they asked to see my financial records for the purposes of integrity (and this was all legal), I might wonder why they want to see my financial records, but I have two choices: Show them or don’t. If I’ve got nothing to hide, and I really want the job, I will show them. I certainly ain’t saying no because I find it an intrusion of my privacy. That would imply a sense of pride and morality. Something politicians simply don’t have.