More #Partygate corruption: visitor logs withheld as Downing Street brands request ‘vexatious’

Why so tight-lipped, Downing Street? Is it because we might find out the identities of the people whose faces have been blanked out – or who have been cropped out – of images like this?

A request for information on visitors to 10 Downing Street on the dates of the Covid-19 rule-breaking parties has been refused by officials there.

Downing Street staff – all of whom are likely to have been on those logs – said the request from Lib Dem Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain was “vexatious”.

No10 said it would be “burdensome” to provide the information – and accused Ms Chamberlain of using a “scattergun approach designed for the purpose of “fishing” for information.”

They added: “While we acknowledge that there may be a wider public interest and objective value in some of this information, disclosure would be of limited value given that there are already independent investigations taking place considering these matters.”

This Writer has some experience of the word “vexatious” being used as a way to hide from reasonable scrutiny.

In this particular instance it would mean that the request was made without any purpose other than to cause annoyance to Downing Street staff.

But those very staff admit this is nonsense in their response: “We acknowledge that there may be a wider public interest and objective value in some of this information”.

The excuse that “there are already independent investigations taking place considering these matters” would only be valid if that information has been passed to those investigations and they are passing it to the public.

If not, then there is no excuse for refusing to pass it to the public and we will have to form our own conclusions about the reasons Downing Street staff won’t pass on this information about illegal parties in their place of work, in which they personally may have participated.

Source: Partygate visitor logs witheld as Boris Johnson’s No10 brands request ‘vexatious’ – Mirror Online

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