Jacqui Smiths use of the term 'our shared values'.

Paul Perrin made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Dear Sir or Madam,

On many occasions I have heard Jacqui Smith (home secretary) use the phrase 'our shared values' when describing what she says she believes is acceptable and unacceptable in modern British society. Most recently on todays (24/3/2009) radio 4 'Today' programme in relation to freedom of speech and challenging peoples views.

I would like details of what the home office consider 'our shared values' to be, and what research etc was used to identify those 'shared values' - I would also like to know what group 'our' actually refers to (i.e. is it just the government, or some wider group of people?)

I ask because Jacqui Smith and the Home Office promulgate many views with which I and many others clearly do not share (i.e. ID cards, time for detention without trial, having a primary residence apart from your family without being estranged etc). Accordingly I think is is very important for the public to understand what 'shared values' Jacqui Smith and the Home office believe exist, and how they have come to that view.

Also, please note that many recent FoI request to the home office have not been responded to within the legal time limit, and the associated internal reviews have similarly been improperly handled - to set a good example on complying with legal requirement, please ensure that this request is properly handled.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Perrin

Pottinger Diana (IMS), Home Office

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Mr Perrin
please find attached an acknowledgement of your FOI request
 
Diana Pottinger Information Access Consultant
Information Management Services, Shared Services Directorate
4th Floor, Seacole Building, Home Office 
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

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Dear Pottinger Diana (IMS),

You are required to respond to FoI requests 'promptly' and certainly not later than 20 working days.

It is now 20 days since my request (which you acknowledged) and I have yet to receive a substantive response.

You are in breach of the law, if I do not receive a response immediately I will have to request an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Perrin

Pottinger Diana (IMS), Home Office

Mr Perrin
I am sorry that we have not yet been able to respond to your FOI
request. A response has been prepared, and is awaiting clearance. You
should be hearing from us shortly

Diana Pottinger Information Access Consultant
Information Management Services, Shared Services Directorate
4th Floor, Seacole Building, Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Fax no: 0207 035 tbc

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Pottinger Diana (IMS), Home Office

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Diana Pottinger Information Access Consultant
Information Management Services, Shared Services Directorate
4th Floor, Seacole Building, Home Office 
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

[1]www.homeoffice.gov.uk

 

Fax no: 0207 035 tbc

 

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David Mery left an annotation ()

Jacqui Smith also defined shared values as democracy, tolerance, and human rights in her BBC interview for the launch of Contest 2. More info and link in my post at
http://gizmonaut.net/blog/uk/undermining...

br -d