A former minister has criticised the Scottish Government’s attitude towards Freedom of Information, saying they do not take it seriously. 

The Daily Record report: 

Freedom of Information laws were designed to enhance open government but the current Scottish administration treats them as a game and reveals exactly what they choose.

Anyone who can be bothered will wait years for the outcome of appeals and counter-appeals.

So if a civil servant sticks a piece of paper in an envelope in the belief that something of real importance is being concealed, should this be assumed to be a criminal offence? I think not.

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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.