Government Slips Out FoI Commission Stitch Up

On a quiet Friday in July, the Cabinet Office has announced its new clampdown on Freedom of Information, setting up a commission “to make sure it’s working effectively”. Who will get to decide what information journalists can and cannot obtain from government departments?

Jack Straw, a long term opponent of the FoI Act, and a man according to the Telegraph whose “possible role in the rendition of [a] terror suspect may yet be disclosed by FOI requests”.

Lord Carlile of Berriew, such a keen supporter of openness, transparency and holding public figures to account that he acted as Lord Rennard’s legal adviser.

Michael Howard, who was on the receiving end of negative newspaper stories after Labour used FoIs to dig up dirt on him.

Wonder what they’ll recommend?




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