Vox Political: Liberty Attacks Government Plan to Place Fees on FOIA Requests

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Mike has also posted up this article on the campaign group, Liberty’s attack on the government’s plan to charge for requests for information made under the Freedom of Information Act, http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/01/26/freedom-of-information-imposing-fees-on-requests-would-be-blunt-instrument-campaigners-say/. The Tories have complained that the requests are an unnecessary and expensive burden on government. A spokesman for Liberty has rebutted this, stating that the actual cost of providing the information is small, and collecting information is what government does anyway.

Well said, Sir!

The simple fact is that the Tories don’t like people criticising their iniquitous decisions, and doubly so if they’re well informed and have the official data to hand. And not the managed data they blithely dole out to their friends in the media to provide a specious justification for their policies. Mike himself has had his requests for information repeatedly turned down and stonewalled by the government, supposedly because they are ‘vexatious’. As have many…

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