Here we have two senior police officers moaning about the cost of being open and responding to FOI requests.

Yes, FOI costs money. But, it also increases transparency and accountability.


To brand a request as creating “unnecessary” work and “having no public value” is slightly troublesome as nobody knows what the response to the request may be used for.

And, in any case, one man’s definition of ‘no public value’ might be seen as another’s definition of ‘upmost public value’.

As has been suggested very recently (and many, many, times in the past) why don’t they move some of their press officers to the Freedom of Information teams. FOI is an obligation by law, managing a reputation is not.

I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.