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Freedom of Information and Health and Safety

This blog is aimed at shaming those who ignore health and safety and those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act out of laziness, corruption or to cover up incompetence.

'Vexatious' can not be defined contextually as 'manifestly unreasonable'

VexatiousPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, April 07, 2019 18:18:32

In Stocker v Stocker (SvS) dated 3rd April 2019 v the Supreme Court (SC) concluded, inter alia, that lower court judges unlawfully fettered their reasoning when relying on an external definition, absent context, upon which their judgement turned, especially when the contentious issue was proven to be true.

Using the same rationale put by the SC in S v S, it must follow that the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court misdirected itself and erred in law when deciding Dransfield (2015 EWCA /454 Civ because not only can 'vexatious' not be defined contextually as 'manifestly unreasonable', but it has been subsequently proved that the issue of vexatiousness never existed in the first place, within Dransfield, and also that disclosure of the information sought was proved not to be manifestly unreasonable.

Therefore, both logic and justice dictate that the SC voluntarily revisit Dransfield and strike out all lower court decisions blocking Dransfield's access to information that has now been freely placed in the public domain on the grounds that publication is justified not least on grounds of health and safety, as originally stated by Dransfield in his FoIA request.

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PM in charge of FOI

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, February 10, 2019 13:43:21

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Vexatious on the whim of any passing lunatic

VexatiousPosted by Sheila Oliver Thu, February 07, 2019 19:33:40

"83. The term “vexatious” is not defined in the FOIA. The Upper Tribunal (UT) considered the issue of vexatious requests in the Information Commissioner v Devon CC & Dransfield (UKUT 440 (AAC), 28 January 2013).1 The UT commented that “vexatious” could be defined as the “manifestly unjustified, inappropriate or improper use of a formal procedure”. This definition clearly establishes that the concepts of proportionality and justification are relevant to any consideration of whether a request is vexatious."

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Listen to how dreadful Elizabeth Denham is

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sat, January 26, 2019 07:54:02

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Oh, Mr Sowerbutts!

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Wed, January 09, 2019 19:43:57

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Health and Safety Executive letter

Olympic StadiumPosted by Sheila Oliver Tue, November 20, 2018 18:48:43

This document can be more clearly read via this link:

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Freedom of Information doesn't work in the UK

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, November 11, 2018 19:58:14

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Was there scrutiny of this change?

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Mon, September 03, 2018 19:14:31
Email sent - Mon 03/09/2018 10:54

Information Commissioners Office

Dear Madam

Under protection of the FOIA 2000 please provide me with copies of the following

1. All correspondence between the ICO and David Lidington ref the recent changes to sect 45 of FOIA

2. Records of all phone calls, meetings etc and personal notes from Ms Denham to the Queen on same subject.

3. Copies of all correspondence from your office pertaining to sect 45 changes and responses from the Cabinet Office. This request is neither vexatious, wide or unfocused.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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