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FoI ruling on Blair's coyness about meetings with Murdoch

While the numbers of stories about deputy prime minister John Prescott’s meetings with billionaire Philip Anschutz, who has taken the Dome off the British Governments hands, has escalated over the past 24 hours, there are glimmers of a more significant story about Government contact with American billionaires.

The information commissioner has ordered the Cabinet Office to reveal the dates of meetings between Tony Blair and Rupert Murdoch or explain its failure to do so, according the the Guardian.

The Cabinet office has argued that disclosure, demanded under the Freedom of Information Act, would “undermine the prime minister’s ability to hold free and frank discussions in the future”.

But the information commissioner is having none of that. He says there is a stronger public interest in understanding more about the workings of government.

We do know that Mr Blair is to talk at a conference of Murdoch’s executives in California later this month. The frequency of contact between the man who controls Sky, the Sun and the Times and the one who runs the country is something we would all like to know.

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