trust – tolerance – self-sufficiency
There will always be a conflict between what the public wants to know and what the Government wants them to know, but the traditional and current attitude to freedom of information held by British Governments is that everything they do should be kept secret except for a few things they deign to make public. This is offensive, distrustful and deeply wrong. The converse principle should be established: everything the Government does should be readily available to the public except for a few things that must be kept secret.
It speaks volumes about our MPs that when this matter was last debated in Parliament, many tried to have themselves exempted