Monday, 16 February 2009

Tell all, do

Great blog post (yesterday) from Sam Coates of the Times. He points out that cabinet secretary Gus O'Donnell's "hysteria" about the release of pre-Iraq war cabinet minutes is badly undermined by a "fetish for full disclosure" of last week's cabinet meeting by ministers briefing the press.

In the Observer yesterday, Andrew Rawnsley had what purported to be a blow-by-blow account of the discussion on bankers' bonuses. Collective cabinet responsibility and confidentiality in all its glory.

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