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, 24 September 2015


In his memoirs published five years ago Tony Blair described bringing in the Freedom of Information Act as the worst thing his government did in office. Not unnaturally that statement upset millions of people.  Nevertheless that admission alone has a corollary; the FOI is now an indispensable tool for many this blogger included.  It is hard to believe that any future government would do likewise just as it is hard to believe how as a country where there still is a semblance of free speech we could function now without the facility it offers. The story in numbers is here.

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