Have you tried the www.gov.uk website? Isn’t it absolutely awful?
Can you find anything? Can you find the things you used to be able to find?
Where, for example, can you find a list of Defra ministers’ speeches? Do they not speak these days? I would have mixed feelings about that.
This is what I can find:
Can it possibly be true that Defra ministers haven’t met anyone, haven’t said anything, haven’t received any hospitality since March last year? Maybe I’ve missed it – but it isn’t because I haven’t looked…
These are the latest documents uploaded to the Defra site…
Handy eh? Not really, but then this is only page 1 of 94 so maybe what I am looking for is on page 63 – it’s rather difficult to tell isn’t it? (I looked on page 63 and it isn’t there either).
I want to make a serious point here. This one single government website is less informative and less easy to use than its multiple predecessors. If you were the least bit suspicious of this government then you might think it had been done on purpose to obscure government actions and policies from the taxpayers who pay for it and the voters who might well choose another bunch of politicians in future.
This government has done away with watchdogs and independent commissions who had the time and wit to question what government was doing on the environment and now it has obscured its own actions on its own website.
This is highly reprehensible. I suggest you send FOI and EIR requests to Defra on any subjects that you wish to know about and say that you can’t find the information on the government website. I also suggest that you write to your MP on this matter – I certainly shall.
You’ll be glad to hear that Natural England has just lost its own website and become part of the www.gov.uk website. Try using it and see if you can find out what NE is doing.
When I put ‘natural england press releases’ into the www.gov.uk search engine I got this:
If you do the same then you will find that the search throws up little about NE and lots about healthcare, higher education and statutory audits – that wasn’t what I was looking for.
Try putting ‘natural england SSSI condition assessment’ into the search engine and then ‘natural england SSSI condition’ – you get some very different results, and not different in a way that makes any sense to me at all. But maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m the only person who ever tries to find things out through government websites or maybe I am the only person so thick that they cannot figure it out now. Am I?
It’s somewhat Orwellian – its NEwspeak for sure.
I think it’s awful gov (or guv).