FOI

Chris Giles

The question seems absurd. John Rentoul of the Sunday Independent would be tempted to add it immediately to his list of journalistic questions to which the answer is “no”. I think the answer is obviously “no”.

But the Treasury and the Information Commissioner believe anyone revealing details of the Bank of England’s forecasts is doing something that is:

“likely to have a destabilising effect on the financial markets and thus have a prejudicial effect on the economic interests of all or part of the UK”.

Hence, in the eyes of government, Mr Carney, who revealed details of the BoE forecasts on Wednesday, is something of a traitor. At least that was the view of the Treasury last year.