Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Nothing New Under The Sun
It is nothing new that politicians and their servants in Whitehall try to keep things hidden from the voters. Only today has the Foreign Office finally made public the first batch of thousands of "lost" colonial era files previously believed to have been destroyed.
The documents were secretly sent back to the UK, when former colonies became independent. However, the Foreign Office only admitted last year that it held some 8,800 files at Hanslope Park which were "migrated" to Britain from colonies at the time of independence because of their sensitivity.
The Independent reports that over 1,200 of these records were released today at the National Archives in Kew, the first of six tranches in process due to be completed by November 2013.
I wonder what else the government and Whitehall deny that they have, yet actually exists?