Ridiculously, at the time of writing, the Whitehouse website is not carrying the new President’s inauguration address. Apparently:
Later today, weâ€™ll put up the video and the full text of President Obamaâ€™s Inaugural Address.
No doubt the Whitehouse web team are too busy partying. Luckily the free, non-state supported Americaintheworld website, part of the ConservativeHome franchise has it in full here. This afternoon, whilst hanging up the washing, I tuned in at:
… and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
Yes, quite. Ditto Europe. I listened to the rest of the speech but much of it flowed over me like a warm wave of lovely loveliness. One phrase jumped out at me:
And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
As Labour MPs troop through the lobbies on Thursday to vote to keep their expenses secret I hope they remember that phrase “do our business in the light of day” and feel ashamed of themselves. I don’t think many Conservative or LibDem MPs will vote for Harman’s pernicious Freedom of Information (Parliament) Order 2009. We will see.