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The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has decided not to appeal a legal ruling that it must release information on secret meetings between ministers, civil servants and lobbyists at the Confederation of British Industry. The Department had until this Friday to take the Information Tribunal ruling to the …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    FoE FoI

    Try saying that 10 times while pissed as a hippie at a whale de-beaching.

  2. Steve

    protect the 'thinking space' necessary for good public policy formulation

    "We wouldn't get away with half this shit if the public knew what we were up to."

  3. Matthew
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    Hmmm

    Now we just need to find out what was said when BAA and BA lobbied parliament over the mess that is the Heathrow expansion.

  4. amanfromMars Silver badge
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    Slow learners........ DimWitted.

    "We wouldn't get away with half this shit if the public knew what we were up to." ... By Steve

    Posted Wednesday 28th May 2008 15:46 GMT

    QuITe so, Steve. And the danger they face is that better informed speculation will sink them without a trace being either left or necessary. Secrecy never did anything other than keep dirty little secrets, hidden to rot away at the heart of any issue.

  5. Martin Owens
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    @Steve

    Agreed, those misbegotten fools think they own the country and it's people. It's time we showed them where to kiss our boots when bowing before their public, the masters on this gig.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    @Steve

    +1 !

    "Thinking space" LOL

    Unfortunately, they can always fall back on public apathy...

  7. shay mclachlan

    Anyone here speak English?

    'protect the 'thinking space' necessary for good public policy formulation'

    Is there an English translation available?

    Mine's the Filet Mignon with the 79 Chateau Latour

  8. Tom Kelsall

    No jacket required

    "Mine's the Filet Mignon with the 79 Chateau LABOUR"

    *fixed*

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Don't Tread On Me !

    No Taxation without representation,

    The Tree of Liberty must be from time to time drenched in the blood of patriots and tyrants... it is it's natural manure !

    LIBERTY OR DEATH !

  10. amanfromMars Silver badge

    Fair's Fair ..... WarMongers First and Foremost for the Tyrant's Chop.

    "The Tree of Liberty must be from time to time drenched in the blood of patriots and tyrants." ...... By Anonymous Coward Posted Wednesday 28th May 2008 20:50 GMT

    'Tis then time for the tyrants to pay their full whack, AC?

  11. Mike Crawshaw
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    Liberty or Death? (20:50 28/05)

    I prefer "Cake or Death?" as a choice...

  12. Steven
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    Hmmm

    "It also recognised that is in the public interest for the more sensitive information to be withheld".

    So they basically reserve the right to withheld anything they see fit...

  13. Matthew Ellen
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    @Steve - I doubt it

    "We'd still get away with this shit, if the public knew, because what are they going to do about it? We just didn't want to have to put up with the noise they make when they whine."

    Icon for devil's advocate.

  14. Richard
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    Same for Common Purpose?

    Does this mean we can expect similar disclosures of the closed, unminuted meetings of the Common Purpose organisation?

    This is the government run "charity" of which £100m taxpayer money has been spent on subtley brainwashing the young to believe the EU is a good thing whilst simultaneously supressing any public objection. Both Gordon Brown and David Cameron are members, and Tony Blair is the current head.

    If there's a Common Purpose graduate at El Reg, then this post will be censored too... in the public interest of course.

  15. Anonymous Coward
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    @ Mike Crawshaw

    What type of cake?

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