The Cabinet Office is vexed
The Information Commissioner Richard Thomas has been encouraging public authorities to adopt a more 'robust' approach to rejecting 'vexatious' freedom of information requests, issuing updated advice in the summer.
Mr Thomas has said that public authorities could reject more requests as vexatious than they have been doing. Perhaps his stance is now having an effect.
Take this case - is it vexatious to ask Downing St for copies of emails sent personally by Gordon Brown in a particular week? The Cabinet Office seems to think it is.
Of course it would have been easier for the Cabinet Office to answer this question for Mr Brown's predecessor. In the case of the famously technophobic Tony Blair (a pen and paper man, according to Alastair Campbell), the answer would almost certainly have been none.