The self-declared ‘most transparent government in history’ is editing history

“Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Jon Trickett said: “The ‘loss’ of documents about controversial periods in history is unacceptable.

“The British people deserve to know what the Government has done in their name and their loss will only fuel accusations of a cover up.

“These important historical documents may be a great loss to history – and their disappearance must urgently be investigated.”

With a straight face, a Government spokesman said: “This is the most transparent Government in history and we are committed to making public as many records as possible, while balancing the need to protect the small amount of information that remains sensitive.”

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A general view of the main entrance of the National Archives in Kew, LondonIn 2013, The Guardian revealed that Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had illegally withheld 1.2 million (later revised to 600,000) historic documents from the public, in flagrant breach of the UK Public RecordsAct. The documents – which include the desk diary of Soviet spy Donald Maclean; case files from Nazi persecution compensation claims; and masses of material removed from Hong Kong – were being held at Hanslope Parka secret, high-security compound in Buckinghamshire that the FCO shares with intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6.

Now documents concerning the Falklands war, Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ and the infamous Zinoviev letter – in which MI6 officers plotted to bring about the downfall of the first Labour government – are all said to have been ‘misplaced’, too.

The Conservatives do like their purges. Back in 2013, they travelled beyond the acceptable into an Orwellian…

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