He’s absolutely right – a law to that effect, the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – is being pushed through Parliament at the moment.
The other notable part is that we – the taxpayers – are paying to ensure that we are kept in the dark about matters that the Information Commissioner has stated are in the public interest.
I consider that an insult. Don’t you?
The Government has won a taxpayer-funded legal battle to keep details of discussions between Prince Charles and ministers confidential.
Charles met with the then housing minister Greg Clark and then transport minister John Hayes at Clarence House in 2014.
Papers detailing their discussions will remain confidential, after the Government won an appeal last week against a previous ruling from the Information Commissioner that it would be “in the public interest” to release them, according to the Mail on Sunday.
The newspaper, which has been trying for 18 months to gain access to the papers, has argued they should be made public under European Union laws known as the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), which seek to guarantee transparency from public bodies around policies affecting the environment.
The Information Commissioner’s Office found in October last year that much of the information contained in the papers was related to green issues and therefore should be published under EIR rules.
The Department for Transport, however, successfully appealed the ruling at a hearing in London last week presided over by judge Peter Lane. A DfT spokesperson said it welcomed the decision that “the disputed information is was not of an environmental nature”. The ICO has not confirmed whether it will appeal.
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