Fabian View of the Need for Freedom of Information in Government and for the People

I agree. In fact, so does the Upper Tribunal: “It may be both annoying and irritating (as well as both dissatisfying and disappointing) for politicians and public officials to have to face FOIA requests designed to expose possible or actual wrongdoing. However, that cannot mean that such requests, properly considered in the light of all the circumstances and the legislative intention, are necessarily to be regarded as vexatious. The vexed issue of MPs’ expenses… is an obvious example that springs to mind.” (Judge Nicholas Wikely, IC v Dransfield). The current government is operating contrary to the intention of the FoI Act 2000.