The FOI has been a great success as a check on our council. It has given us the ability to dig out information the Council prefers to keep mum about.
In the case of the frightful Cockell we were able to get a handle on his vast expenses.
Justin Downes was particularly assiduous in harrying Cockell over his First Class flights and $500 dinners for two in smart NY eateries.....with all of us picking up the bill!
Downes even hopes that he halted Cockell's advance to the Lords.
But the Dame and her other persistent readers have also deployed this tool to great effect.
The Government now plans to charge for FOI's and there is much celebrating in Hornton St.
The prospect that residents will no longer have access to sensitive information is a thrilling one!
Please sign the petition. The Freedom of Information Act is a great boon to democracy....leave it well alone.