Today I tried to dig out a few press releases from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website dating back to Peter Mandelson’s tenure as business secretary.
I was a little surprised to find that any press releases dating from before the last election had been archived.
When I visited the archive, I found that I could not longer view the press releases I wanted to read. When I clicked through all I found was a blank page with the following text:
Browse Archive http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/Detail.aspx?ReleaseID=412943&NewsAreaID=2 not found
Would it be harsh to accuse the government of hiding information about its predecessor’s work? Possibly. Though it’s worth remembering that Vince Cable once famously declared that Gordon Brown had gone from Josef Stalin to Mr Bean. From this bout of historical revisionism one could accuse his department of having tendencies towards the former.