Material disclosed through Freedom of Information requests reveals the full, self-serving nature of council executives' objections to greater transparency. Publishing such details, they warned, would lead to officials being "personally targeted by less stable persons in the community", "could lead to personal attacks" and "families could be at risk of abuse and children of bullying".In other words, if council taxpayers really knew how their money was being spent, they would be tempted to resort to violence. What an admission. Such bluster would be comical if it had not proved so effective – for the Government has caved in.As the Telegraph says;
The MPs' expenses scandal has changed fundamentally the way we view public servants and how they spend our money. Any remaining notion of a public-service ethos has been replaced by scepticism and suspicion – unfortunate, perhaps, but understandable in the light of the cynical abuses this newspaper uncovered.Hiding the snouts won't work. We need disclosure.