Freedom of Information

We should all be really pleased that promised Freedom of Information Act comes into force on January 1st. So should we be worried that the MoD are warning us that a whole bunch of files from the 1980’s have been contaminated by asbestos? Maybe it’s just me being cynical, but a whole lot of interesting stuff could be in those files – Death on the Rock, the sinking of the Belgrano (not to mention the subsequent resignation of Clive Ponting). Now I don’t want to sit in a room full of asbestos, but I have this dream that ‘Freedom of Information’ might, in the 21st century, consist of documents of historical interest being scanned and made available on the internet. Naturally those doing the scanning could wear appropriate protection against asbestos fibres, so where’s the problem? Unless of course….

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