One for the bureaucratic irony files this. The Information Commissioner has announced that 33 public sector bodies have so regularly broken the rules on responding to Freedom of Information requests that they have been put in special measures.
The 33 bodies are all being required to fully document how they handle future requests and report monthly to the Information Commissioner on how they are doing are complying with the rules. Their record will be reviewed in three months time.
And who is included in the list?
The Met Police. You know, the people whose job it is to stop other people breaking rules.
The Home Office. You know, the ministry that until a few months ago spent so much of its time telling us what to do.
And the Cabinet Office – which won’t come as a surprise to regular readers.