"MPs' expenses: Information commissioner performed U-turn over publication
Leaked emails show that Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, had prepared a draft decision in 2006 which would have ruled that the Commons was not acting properly under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and should release expenses details, including receipts.
Ruichard Thomas has of course already left the ICO (and not for any reason connected to the current scandals). But it would be nice to think that this storyemerging in the current climate of public fury - and only published a few days before Jacqui Smith, initiator of how many anti privacy moves? left office, albeit for her embarrassing expenses tricks not her parts in creating a surveillance state - will give his successor the courage to follow his own convictions in future. The job of Information Commissioner is after all to protect privacy of the people and openness in government, not the government of the day.