What’s the point in setting up an independent decision-making process if you can ignore the outcome?
Justice Secretary Jack Straw has vetoed the publication of minutes of key cabinet meetings held in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003.
He said he would use a clause in the Freedom of Information Act to block the release of details of meetings in which the war’s legality was discussed.
Releasing the papers would do “serious damage” to cabinet government, he said, and outweighed public interest needs.
The Information Tribunal ruled last month that they should be published. …