Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015


I have  used the Freedom of Information Act four times in the last five years.  Some of the details revealed have been the basis for two posts on this site and two at the previous location.  For that facility along with thousands of others who have made similar applications I have to thank Tony Blair.  Of course the prime minister who was  as much an actor.....the face of New  Labour as he was a politician has since regretted that he initiated that legislation; perhaps the most citizen friendly Act of Parliament for decades.  My old friend the Ministry of Justice has today published statistics on applications under that act........peruse here.

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