Quoted entirely from the Guardian diary: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/may/31/hugh-muir-diary-leveson-jeremy-heywood
Big brother is bad, but big sister is worse. Is there anything Theresa May would see as beyond her purview? Certainly, she would be mistress of all she surveys if allowed to monitor everyone's emails, in accordance with the madcap plan concocted by officials. Intolerable that anyone should be able to snoop in that way. Concerned citizen Matthew Dodd thought just that, so he got in touch with the Home Office, seeking reassurance of the home secretary's commitment to the new transparency. Can you tell me, asked Dodd, utilising freedom of information legislation, the date and time of every email sent or received by the home secretary over the last 12 months, of every Skype call, every Facebook visit, and the address of every website visited. The first thing that happened was that officials said they hadn't received the request. Yes you have, said Dodd. I've checked. You logged it. Then he was told that he couldn't have the information because compiling it would be too expensive. You can apply again if you pare it down, he was informed, but we still won't co-operate because much of what you want is "personal information". Yes, it is, said Dodd. Doesn't that rather prove my point?
Another day of Leveson. Another fine mess. But who’s to blame?
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