Freedom of Information - It's here at last but don't expect everything to change overnight

"... a new era in government begins. Britain's first freedom of information act comes into operation, opening up the most closed system of government in the western world. Be wary. Do not expect a century-old culture to change overnight. Secrecy has deep roots in our society that are not confined to Whitehall."

Read the Guardian leader article here:
Ministers must back it (The Guardian, December 31 2004)