Something rather odd happened to the Morris tribunal recently. It disappeared.
Blogger Gavin Sheridan noticed something awry when he went looking for a transcript on the site about eight weeks ago. He prepared an Freedom Of Information request to find out what was going on.
‘If we are to learn any lessons from the Morris Tribunal, all data relating to it must be available online, all transcripts, all rulings, all reports,’ Gavin wrote in a post explaining the reasoning behind his FOI.
‘I did receive an acknowledgement of my FOI request, but have not yet received the results,’ he added.
Toda, although he has yet to receive a reply to his FOI, Gavin noticed that the tribunal website has returned
‘What a curious turn of events,’ he observed.
All of which compels me to point out that the Morris tribunal website is incomplete. It does not contain ‘all data relating to it … all transcripts, all rulings, all reports.’
In fact, the transcripts from the first 428 days are missing. They are not on the Morris tribunal website, and never have been.
These transcripts cover two thirds of the evidence heard, and five of the eight modules the tribunal investigated.