National Archive revelations have come 30 years too late

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It must be very convenient for politicians to know that some of their dirtiest secrets and deepest thoughts won’t be revealed when they’re actually in office.

But surely that’s as good a reason as any to change the 30-year rule governing when material from the National Archives can be published.

In 1981, there was rioting on the streets of Liverpool and London. In 2011, we saw rioting again.

Yet we’ve had to wait three decades to learn more about what Margaret Thatcher was thinking and the advice she was being given. Do we really have to wait until 2041 for more to be revealed about David Cameron’s views on this summer’s crisis?

A serving prime minister can have nothing to hide from their electorate – so let’s know it all now.