Authenticity, transparency, trust (and how to destroy it)

Hot on the heels of the fuss over publishing MPs’ expenses, a post from the BBC’s Nick Robinson earlier this week sets out the UK government’s efforts to resist publication of the minutes from several cabinet meetings in the run-up to the war in Iraq – despite a ruling from the independent Information Commissioner, subsequently upheld by the Information Tribunal.

It would seem, then, that the Freedom of Information Act applies to everyone save its authors. And they wonder why there’s voter apathy and a collapse in the public’s trust in politicians!


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