FOI package in Times law section

Today’s Times law section has a number of FOI-related articles.

Is this new freedom an empty gesture?

New openness regime will keep many lawyers in work

Long-held business secrets are most at risk
This piece discusses the impact of FOIA on companies. I do take issue with this statement: So rather than being a sign of a mature democracy treating its citizens with civilised respect, the Act has the potential for blowing open to public gaze matters of commercial sensitivity. In fact, we are talking about commercial areas where public money is at stake: why shouldn’t the public have a right to examine how it is being spent?

Lawyers find the MoD a formidable adversary
A culture of secrecy is frustrating litigation over the deaths of young soldiers.

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