Happy birthday to a three year old
It was three years ago today that I asked the Cabinet Office for a copy of the minutes of the cabinet meeting during which Michael Heseltine suddenly walked out. This was back in 1986, when he resigned as Defence Secretary because of a dispute with Margaret Thatcher over the future of the Westland helicopter company.
And it was two years, six months and fifteen days ago when I appealed to the Information Commissioner about the fact that the Cabinet Office was refusing to send me the material requested. I gather from the Commissioner's office that my case has been delayed by staff changes, as two of the people handling it have moved on. They say I should get the decision soon, but I've heard that before.
Looking back at my letter of appeal to the Commissioner, I see that I complained most indignantly about 'the extraordinary and excessive delay' of the Cabinet Office during their internal review of the initial refusal. It took them nearly four months.