On 30 October, Britain will welcome delegates from 60 countries for the summit meeting of the Open Government Partnership. David Cameron said when he came to power that he wanted to lead “the most open and transparent government in the world”. One can imagine how pleased and puffed up he will be when the world comes to his capital and applauds his achievements.
I doubt British ministers will tell wide-eyed visitors from foreign shores that they are driving open government out of Britain. They will not admit that the coalition, with the collusion of illiberal judges, is shutting the British public up and closing it down: nowhere more conclusively than when the public seeks to discover how corporations spend and misspend its money.