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CALL FOR MASONS TO REVEAL MEMBERSHIP BEFORE JOINING LOCAL GOVERNMENT OR QUANGOS

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Freemasons should reveal their membership when joining not only the new Welsh assembly, but also local government a...
Freemasons should reveal their membership when joining not only the new Welsh assembly, but also local government and quangos, according to Ken Hopkins, secretary of the Rhondda Labour Party.

Writing in The Western Mail (p10), Mr Hopkins says: 'Freemasonry is no joke. It undermines public confidence in our democratic processes. It symbolises influence and it feeds on self-interest.'

He applauds the Welsh secretary Alun Michael's decision to make registration of masonic lodge membership part of the new assembly's model standing orders.

Mr Hopkins writes: 'What we must now urge is that he should giver urgent consideration to introducing a similar requirement of the members and officers in local government and in any quangos which the Assembly may decide should continue.'

He concludes with the question: 'Why should they who are also servants of the people continue to be free of a requirement now put on assembly members and on the magistracy, and which we can anticipate the lord chancellor will very soon make compulsory for the police and the judiciary?'
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