Let the Gravy Train take the strain


It is only recently that Network Rail has been subjected to the indignity of having to respond to FoI requests. As the agency in charge of the nation’s rail infrastructure it seemed a little bizarre that it had managed to side-swerve the implementation of the Act. However, the Liberal Democrats may have gone back on […]

An Apple a day……

The Beeb's London HQ

The BBC has a curious position when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. On the one hand its journalists use the Act as a means to help it get stories, yet on the other as a public body it is subject to significants aspects of the Act itself. As the BBC is help […]

Top of the Class A

Congratulations all round for Class A

What I call an all-rounder has appeared in the Daily Mail today about the number of children being arrested at school for having drugs. Obviously it is a great topic for a Freedom of Information inquiry, yet experience has taught me it is not all together straight forward. Asking all the 43 police forces in […]

Toxic air fears on passenger planes


The Civil Aviation Authority, the safety watchdog for airlines and their passengers, holds a whole host of excellent data around incidents involving planes. One of the articles I have done quite regularly, and which appeared in the Sunday Express this week, is the number of times that pilots put on oxygen masks because of fears […]

Lib Dem Minister jets off

Lib Dem minister Ed Davey MP delivers his speech on the environment to Lib Dem conference

There’s nothing like having a go at a politician for being a hypocrite – and the Lib Dems seem to offer themselves up as the easiest target for this type of abuse. The Sun on Sunday did a great story under the headline Climate Minister Flies 100,000 Miles on the number of air miles flown […]

NHS “fat cats” looking forward to the Good Life


The Daily Mail have today published a big investigation into “fat cats” in the NHS by looking through all the accounts of the dozens and dozens of Trusts. Hidden away in these accounts there is always a section on the remuneration for the top bosses and a separate section on their pension entitlement. The Mail […]