Friday 10 September 2010

The die is cast...

I finally submitted my complaint to the Information Commissioner today over the House of Commons’ refusal to release details of which MPs have drawn resettlement grants and which have not.

It took me a couple of weeks because I wanted to read all the case law behind the issue to make sure it was arguable before I got on my high horse.

I’ve been on a mission to read through the original MPs’ expenses FOI battle, the Information Commissioner’s and Information Tribunal’s rulings and the High Court’s judgement.

There’s a whole bunch of other case law that’s relevant too – supporting the argument for disclosure.

What I’ve found most irritating is that the Commons is using exactly the same argument for withholding resettlement grant information, as they did when they were withholding information on MPs expenses and allowances all those months ago.

Saying “they just don’t get it” has become a terrible clichĂ©, but what else is there?

They were forced to release the information then, and I’m hoping they will be now.


Oldrightie said...

Good for you. The speed at which the bastards have retreated back into their old, smug, arrogant ways, is breathtaking. Vote for change get more of the same.

Anonymous said...

Agree with OR. A week is a long time in politics. It's all behind us now, Right, let's get our trotters in the trough again.

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