Alex Massie

How open government really works

How open government really works
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The Daily Telegraph's Christopher Hope wanted to know who Gordon Brown has been inviting to dine at Chequers since he became Prime Minister. Not an unreasonable Freedom of Information request you might think - especially to a Prime Minister who pledged a new era of openness and accountability. Well, how's that working out? Not so well it seems... Here's the reply Mr Hope received from Downing Street:

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Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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