"Freedom of Information Act. Three harmless words. I look at those words as I write them, and feel like shaking my head 'til it drops off. You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop. There is really no description of stupidity, no matter how vivid, that is adequate. I quake at the imbecility of it." Thus Tony Blair records in his memoirs what he believes to have been one of his greatest mistakes while in office: introducing legislation intended to shed light on government in a manner that empowered people.