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A Major Calamity

by | 4th, February 2005

‘WE were to have brought you another update on the much-vaunted Freedom of Information Act this morning, but unfortunately the information is not available.

A case for the prosecution

Most Government departments, says the Times, are refusing to say how many requests for information they have refused or the reasons why.

A spokesman for the Department for Education and Skills told the paper: “We are too short-staffed today to get to that level of detail. Our people are busy answering freedom of information requests.”

So, now we know – if the Government refuses to answer your freedom of information request, it’s because it’s too busy answering freedom of information requests.

Either that or a shadowy figure from the past has intervened to prevent publication.

The Times alleges that John Major, the grey man of British politics, has stepped in to block the release of documents that would shed light on the fiasco that was Black Wednesday.

It says senior Treasury officials are “furious” that the papers, which should have been published on

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