Thursday, May 24, 2007

Another Lib Dem bandwagon rolls on by

Now, I've got no time for the amendment to the FoI Act to provide additional protection for the Houses of Parliament. It seems to be a sledgehammer to crack a nut that may not even need cracking. The Information Commissioner has confirmed that they have had no complaints regarding non-disclosure of MPs' correspondence and if there was a problem, then surely the amendment could have been limited to that issue, rather than a blanket exemption for everything related to Parliament. Personal data contained in letters would be protected by the provisions of the Data Protection Act in any case, but that's not the point of this post. Nor is it even to criticise the Birmingham Labour MPs who decided to back the bill (Steve McCabe, Sion Simon, Khalid Mahmood, Roger Godsiff - I think that you were wrong on this occasion)

The Liberal Democrats - not having seen a bandwagon for a few weeks - have leapt aboard this one with particular glee and even our own local LibDem has added a link on his sidebar to the Lib Dem campaign for Freedom of Information. So where was the man when he could have done more than just troll for email addresses for the party? Where was he when he could have done his job and voted against the changes? He wasn't voting, that's for sure.

Mind you, neither was Ming. Dan Norris puts the boot in to the old guy, as revealed by Ridiculous Politics.

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