Recently Mr Mustard had to leave a committee meeting as councillors wanted to discuss exempt business. Mr Mustard doubted that the matter was so secret that he, as a council tax payer, couldn't know about it. He therefore submitted a Freedom of Information request.
You don't like Mr Mustard making FOI requests do you Cllr Thomas but what choice was there? The council hide two little charts; of course Mr Mustard will want to see them.
Was this request answered promptly? No, it took from 21 September to 17 October for a response.
Did it take 9 hours to answer? No, it took 9 minutes.
Has there been a single request yet that took 9 hours? No, how is the apology coming along Cllr Thomas? Knowing Barnet Council it will have to go through 6 drafts before it can be released.
Here is what he wasn't allowed to see at the meeting
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Were these two charts really worth the trouble of passing a motion that the public ( only Mr Mustard was actually in attendance ) be excluded from the meeting.
You are high on your own self importance Barnet Council and you are getting it all wrong.
Will Barnet grind to a halt now that the public can see these two charts? Correct, no they won't.
Is Audit patently under-staffed? Yes it is.