The pendulum can swing back and forth many times if you’re there long enough. Certain records can be closed and then they’ll be open, then they’ll be closed. The question is will they be more open at the end of my life than they were at the beginning. If they are more open, that would be a success in my mind. Transparency is not a one-time legislative victory or defeat; it’s an attitude about the people’s right to know about the governmental process and governmental problems. It’s not about whether you win a court case or lose it, or get a piece of legislation passed or stop something. It’s about keeping the attitude of transparency first. That’s in the public interest and that serves the citizens best.
I think it’s very, very important that we get real people into places of power, be it parliament or inside the boards of the corporations and so forth so that we have an insider view and can report what’s going on there and how we can change it from outside from the grassroots. If you don’t know how it works then you can’t do anything to change it.