Secrets and Lies and Labour


How much of a break from Tony Blair does prime minister-designate Gordon Brown represent? Here's a hint:

Gordon Brown has rejected calls to block a controversial move by [members of Parliament] to get out of freedom of information laws.

MPs pushed the plan closer to becoming law earlier in what critics called a "shameful day for Parliament".

The MPs say they want to protect private letters from constituents - but critics say the move would also allow them to keep their expenses secret.


Mr Brown, who takes over as Labour leader and prime minister next month, has pledged more "open" politics.

Oh, the Yes, Minister overtones! They burn!

Earlier this week Brendan O'Neill reported on how Britain learned to love Big Brother Blair.