FOIMan profiles an early attempt to bring FOI to the UK – and finds parallels with today’s debates over the future of openness.
With debate raging over the government’s FOI Commission, it seems timely to look at the troubled history of attempts to bring openness to UK government. My latest piece for PDP’s Freedom of Information Journal looks back nearly 40 years to see what befell a 1970s effort to bring FOI to our shores. It takes in official secrets, celebrities and the fall of a government (and rise of another), as well as some familiar civil service concerns. Freudian Slip: the FOI Act that never was can be accessed here.