Republic has launched a campaign tostop the government from introducingan absolute exemption from Freedomof Information rules for the royalhousehold.As we reported in the last edition of
the government is planningto remove that public interest test.This essentially means that theybelieve the interests of the royalsoutweigh those of the public, anextraordinary claim for our owngovernment to make.In a statement the government said:“In relation to Cabinet information,and information relating to the RoyalHousehold, it has become clear thatthose safeguards are insufficientlyrobust to protect our currentconstitutional arrangements, and needchanging." In other words, secrecy isa fundamental principle of the Britishconstitution.Republic believes that rather thanincreasing secrecy to protect ourconstitutional arrangements weshould be reforming our constitution.Lynne Jones MP has tabled aCommons motion in a bid to raise thisissue in parliament. We’ll be lobbyinghard to help Lynne block this moveand we have already had a goodresponse from members who havebeen writing to their MPs.Further work is being done tohighlight the issue in the media andwith party leaders.
“Republic has made so much progressin alerting the public to the misuse of power by the royals and the need for aproper republican alternative that itdeserves our support.”“Republic has made a lot of progressin the past two years - let's keep thatmomentum moving.”These are just two of the many of messages of support we received inresponse to our 2010 Appeal, whichwe launched at short notice lastmonth.As you will know, Republic recentlyreceived the news that one of ourregular sources of funding will be cutas a result of the recession. If we arenot able to raise the £15,000 shortfallbefore the end of the year we will haveto look seriously at scaling back thecampaign.On receiving the news, weimmediately wrote to all our membersexplaining the situation and set up adedicated page on our website with aspecially created fundraising video.The response was overwhelming. Atthe time of going to press we haveraised over £10,000 – two thirds of our total target – in just two weeks.Your donations have ranged from £5to £1,000. Every gift makes a hugedifference and helps to ensure thatour campaign will keep growing, into2010 and beyond. On behalf of everyone at Republic – staff, directorsand volunteers – thank you for yoursupport.But we're not out of hot water yet. Wemust raise the final £5,000 before theend of the year, so if you haven'tdonated yet please consider making agenerous contribution. You candonate online or simply return theform attached to the cover letter thatcame with this edition of
.We rely on the support of individualrepublicans to keep doing what we do– holding the royal household toaccount and making a positive casefor a new republican constitution.Now, more than ever, we need yoursupport.I'll leave the last word to anotherRepublic member who supported the2010 Appeal: “Republic is the onlyorganisation that stands for true andmeaningful democratic reform. If Iever win the lottery there will be alarge wad going their way, not just 25quid!”
“In other words, secrecy is afundamental principle of theBritish constitution.”
Freedom of Informationrules to be challenged
“If you haven’t donated yetplease consider making agenerous contribution.”
2010 Appeal gets huge response -raises thousands in two weeks
£10,000 was raised in two weeks.