On Friday evening the Westminster government ended the time limit for evidence to be submitted to them regarding whether the freedom of information act should be changed.
So why review it again I hear you ask?
Simple. The government didn't like what we, the people, decided regarding freedom of information so they are going to continue to review it and ask us about it over and over again until they get the answer they want.
The members of this new commission they've set up to review the FOIA makes worrying reading too. It includes Jack Straw (who has been a vocal critic of the FOIA), Lord Howard (who suffered embarrassment when the FOIA exposed his expenses), and Lord Carlile (an admitted defender of secret justice in non transparent courts).
This motley crew are anything but impartial. Don't let these charlatans destroy our freedom of information act.
Just for the record here's a list of things we would NOT have found out about if it hadn't been for the FOIA:
Incineration of foetuses
Unlawful Stop and Search
Care home residents dying of thirst
Police use of tasers on children
Degrading treatment of detained migrants
Cyril Smith police investigation
Dangerous deportation practices
If we let Westminster mess around with the freedom of information act they will alter it to stop us from keeping them honest.
We must be able to hold our public bodies to account.
The FOIA does not need watering down, especially from politicians who have much to hide and much to fear from the public accessing freedom of information.
The FOIA has already been thoroughly examined (back in 2012) and needs to be protected from these Westminster vultures.