We got a letter from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office today. We opened it, read it, and – if we might paraphrase for a moment – it said we were suckers.
Now, it’s not terribly unusual to get fobbed off with a Freedom Of Information request. But we were mildly surprised this time, because we sent this particular request right after the Sunday Post revealed that the very same category of information HAD been deemed to be something the public was entitled to see, so long as it was held by the Scottish Government rather than the UK one.
Scottish Government contracts are normally put out to public tender but these deals were done in private using a procurement loophole meant for “exceptional circumstances”. This meant the amount of money spent and identity of the experts hired stayed under wraps until SNP ministers were forced to release the details following a freedom of information request by this paper.”
We’re not sure we understand the difference. Can anyone help?