Freedom of Information – a retrospective

I just had to post this quotation from Martin Rosenbaum’s “Open Secrets” blog on the BBC site. Looking back on the MPs’ expenses row with an FoI perspective, he concludes:

(8) Finally, in keeping with the spirit of the times, an apology of my own. In the past, I expressed the opinion that the persistent attempts by the House of Commons to prevent full publication of material about expenses was doing more harm to its reputation than would probably be caused by the eventual release. Doubtless there are cases where the reputational damage from insisting on secrecy is greater than that potentially resulting from release of the material in question – but this isn’t one of them. Sorry I got that wrong.”