And they say all this blog does is criticise! Sacha Lord manages to do what every British politics journalist failed – submit a Freedom of Information request on THAT Downing Street party Mr Johnson claimed never happened…

Contrary to what some people think, I’m not a journalist. Yes, I might well have the permanently suspicious mindset of your traditional journalist – and some of what I do is no doubt journalism – but I have no formal training or qualifications in the field.

However, I do know a few people in the trade. I did consider becoming one when I was younger – but to borrow a line from Vice City’s Tommy Vercetti, “I lived a different life”. And I’ve picked up a few tips from them over the years – but there’s one which gets mentioned much more frequently than the others.

It consists of three words. Freedom of Information. All four corners of the UK have an act in place from the early 2000s which provides the public with access to information held in public records. The ICO’s website has a fuller description of what it does.

Journalists love them and politicians hate them. And it appears Sacha Lord loves them too. He’s submitted one to the government requesting information on all the parties and social gatherings during November and December 2020. Who was there? Who paid for everything?

It’s highly notable that to the best of my knowledge, no British politics journalist has submitted a similar freedom of information request. It doesn’t do much to dampen down speculation that some of those journalists were at some of these seemingly illicit parties.

I’ll be intrigued to see what comes back…

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