In the last few days, a number of elderly Kenyans have taken their case against the British government to the High Court. Against legal objections and despite problems accessing all the relevant records, justice might be done. The records, it appears, were taken from Kenya at independence and deposited in the Foreign Office, alongside those from a number of other former colonies. But the records are there and can be retrieved.
At the same time, we hear from the Information Commissioner that civil servants, long opposed to the Freedom of Information Act, might be using their private email addresses and other ways of avoiding records being kept of their exchanges. Cabinet Secretaries, past and present, are reluctant to release documents to the Chilcott Inquiry on Iraq. In short, a culture of secrecy persists in the corridors of power despite the political platforms of all major parties.
Whitehall, that paragon of good government! Sometimes it stinks.