October 18th, 2011

Clegg’s Other Lobbyist

With the LibDems trying to have their “told-you-so-moment” over a register of lobbyists, Guido drew your attention yesterday to the controversial spinmeister Clegg has brought into the heart of his operation – Olly Grender. Overnight many a co-conspirator also pointed out that Clegg’s Chief of Staff Jonny Oates is another flesh presser…

Starting at Westminster Strategy in the nineties, Oates worked his way up to become a director at Bell Pottinger in 2004. With a host of international and UK clients that would put any sandal-wearing LibDem member off their lentils, Bell Pottinger are the largest UK firm to refuse to take part in any of the voluntary regulation schemes that are around. Their chairman Peter Bingle has been at the forefront of defending the industry this week. Almost a lone public voice…

So two of Clegg’s closest advisers right now are former lobbyists. His promised clean up of the body politic clearly doesn’t start at home…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Get the gunpowder!


  2. 2
    Ah! Monika says:

    John Bercow, the House of Commons Speaker, has refused to cut his lucrative pension arrangements in line with other MPs and ministers, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.


  3. 3
    Ah! Monika says:

    John Bercow ignores pleas to reduce his pension
    John Bercow, the House of Commons Spe aker, has refused to cut his lucrative pension arrangements in line with other MPs and ministers, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.


  4. 4
    Chris Hoon says:

    Why do people call us FibDems ?


  5. 6
    humber says:

    Warren Gatland: Wales considered faking injury in defeat to France
    • ‘Morally, it wasn’t the right thing to do,’ says Gatland

    Gatland continued: “I will give you an example with what happened after that. We’d already lost Adam Jones, and we discussed in the [coaches] box whether we would fake an injury to one of our props and go to uncontested scrums.

    Is there anyone in a position of authority who is not a pig fucking cheat?

    wankers wanker wankers


    • 8
      boulay says:

      but they didn’t cheat…..


      • 20
        frog says:

        Isn’t “Wales” welsh for cheat?


      • 26
        Cato Street Conspirator says:

        Don’t you think that they had a serious discussion about whether to or not is interesting?


        • 31
          Anonymous says:

          If you ‘welsh’ on a deal, is that cheating?


        • 35
          boulay says:

          yes it is, but ultimately they decided not to because it would be morally wrong.. just because you look at a girl and think about fucking her it doesn’t make you an adulterer does it??

          or do we have “thought crime” nowadays?

          ps, i’m certainly no fan of the welsh.


          • cymru am byth says:

            Save the Whales


          • DUDLEY ZOO says:

            boulay – are you not aware of conspiracy offences? – discussing things with someone else is different from thinking it yourself


          • Cato Street Conspirator says:

            fucking a girl isn’t against the rules of the game. Feigning an injury is an not something you’d think a reputable team would even consider.


          • kleegish says:

            Richard Nixon famously said, about paying off the burglars of his opponent’s HQ office to ensure silence, that ‘..we COULD do it, but it would be wrong…’ Don’t you think that it is interesting they even had a discussion about it?


    • 80
      Tax Payer says:

      Personally I think it’s disgusting. He should be sacked. Immeadiately.

      If I came round your house and said “I was going to steal your wife’s jewellery, but I didn’t” what would you think of me? Morally upstanding? I don’t thnk so.


  6. 10
    Well it's something says:

    Change what change.


  7. 11
    Popeye says:

    Why whould you expect anything else from a “liberal”?


  8. 12
    Anonymong OE says:

    I think you’re missing the point of the adjective “former”. If they go back to being lobbyists after working for Clegg, then I think you might have more cause to be upset.

    After all aren’t you a former PR man yourself? And a former City worker? I just think this makes you better informed… doesn’t it?


    • 28
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      In exactly the same way as we should have an ex-prisoner as Prisons Minister.


      • 65
        Anonymong OE says:

        Sounds fair enough to me – after all if they are an ex-prisoner they have paid their debt to society (if you think prison/rehabilitation works) and they would be much better informed about day-to-day prison life than some former soldier (there’s that word former again) who got bored, became a Special Adviser, then ran for Parliament and sucked up to the Party leadership.


    • 50
      Constitutional lawyer says:

      I think we should appoint a Revolving Door as Prime Minister


  9. 13
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Thank you Bishop !

    ‎’Occupy London’ is alive and kicking..with a committed desire from all to ‘Keep it peaceful……full occupation is on and harmony between protestors and The City Police is very apparent. Working groups are getting organized; legal observers are in place; supply systems are up and there about 100 tents on the grounds of St Paul’s cathedral. And many thanks to the Bishop of St Paul’s cathedral…, the Reverend Giles Fraser. He stood on the steps of the cathedral on saturday night, flanked by riot police and addressed the large uneasy crowd. He asked the Met police to leave and for the protestors to remain. This peaceful demonstration and the support it is now receiving from all, should be an example to similar protests globally


  10. 14
    What Nick does for a living says:

    The DPM is leading the Government’s programme to bring about comprehensive renewal of our political system. This will include legislation to:
    •introduce fixed term Parliaments
    •hold a referendum on the Alternative Vote system for elections to the House of Commons
    •create fewer and more equal sized parliamentary constituencies
    •introduce a power for people to recall their MP
    •speed up implementation of individual voter registration
    •reform party funding
    •introduce a statutory register of lobbyists
    •to help people with disabilities to become MPs.



    • 19
      Anonymous says:

      it’s just like putting the police in charge of the police, they will do what suits them, without a thought for the voters, so there is no change really.


    • 22
      Sir William Waad says:

      1. Makes it more difficult to get rid of a lame-duck government or hung Parliament.

      2. AV has already ben rejected. If you want more democracy, you need PR.

      3. Fewer constituencies would mean fewer backbenchers and more power for the executive; more dominance by the bigger parties; less representative Parliaments.

      4. Would be exploited by the party that lost the election to unsettle the candidate who won.

      5. Yes.

      6. How?

      7. How do you define a lobbyist?

      8. How? Why do we particularly need disabled MPs?


      • 29
        I want this, I don't want that? says:

        7. How do you define a lobbyist?

        Quite. Isn’t a constituent writing to his MP in fact a lobbyist?


        • 70
          Anonymong OE says:

          While I’m ranting… don’t get why we’re leaving out Clegg’s former life as a lobbyist, or his wife’s, or Cameron’s, or Lansley’s wife, or Ed Vaizey, or Neil Carmichael, or Lord Clement Jones, Stella Creasy, Rusharana Ali, Lord Bell, Lord Chadlington, Jamie Reed, Steve Barclay, Greg Barker…. and so many more I’m getting bored and haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.

          Oh and what about all the lawyers, accountants, Greenpeace campaigners, people who do webchats with Cameron on mumsnet, small businessmen who is a member of the FSB, union members, NUS members, people who reply to Government consultations… lobbyists one and all. Everyone who engages in democracy is a lobbyist.


  11. 15
    Anonymous says:

    there is only one alternative now



  12. 17
    Wendy Bendy says:

    Ask youself the simple question: why does anyone go into politics today?

    Noblesse oblige? I think not.


    • 27
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      They’re wierd and have an enormous ego. Or their dad did it and they can’t think of another job.


      • 58
        Southern Softy says:

        And then there’s the money (not just the salary).
        And the perks.
        And the lucrative pension.
        And in many cases, a seat in the other place for life with plenty of expenses.


      • 59
        Gordon Brown says:

        Something to bank on. My ego is too big to fail.


  13. 18
    Nick Clegg says:

    How will I know what to think if I have nobody to tell me?


  14. 21
    Chris Huhne says:

    What about my wife Vicky, she works for FTI Consulting and also Vince Cable’s Business Advisory Group, isn’t that a good old fashioned conflict of interest?


  15. 23
    screw the lot of them says:



  16. 32
    Anonymous says:

    I can’t get worked up too much about lobbyists, they’re only trying to make living within the current framework available, innit? As a bit of a duck and diver myself I can relate to that. But your main point about the hypocrisy of Nick Clegg and his not so merry band of misfits is a valid one.


  17. 33
    One Nation Labour says:

    It was Chuka’s birthday yesterday. At least Luciana had the good sense not to send him a happy birthday tweet.


  18. 34
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Just listened to a few scousers talking about last nights debate.

    at no point did they praise the current government for relesing the papers, But they praised thier local Labour MP (despite Labour being in power for 13 of the 22 years since) and the local Mp wants a apology from this government?



  19. 36
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “So two of Clegg’s closest advisers right now are former lobbyists.”……..What a surprise !!

    THE Lib Dem leader was accused by Guido Fawkes of trying to cover up his work for a controversial lobby firm, despite calling for more openness in politics.

    In 1992-93 he worked for GJW, who helped Colonel Gaddafi resist efforts to send the Lockerbie bomber to the UK for trial – but left it off his CV.


  20. 37
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:



  21. 43
    Better Late than never but Sugar should have said it then. says:

    The former enterprise tsar said that while he had been a supporter of Gordon Brown, he had not backed all the Labour government’s choices. “Not everything that went on under Labour I agree with [such as] the benefits system and social apprenticeship schemes, which are really parking people and moving them out of the unemployment numbers,” he said.


  22. 45
    Parlaimentarian says:

    Will someone Mace the Squeaker please ?


  23. 46
    Reuters correspondent, always first with the news says:

    Important announcement

    Fifteen spin doctors, four Public Relations men and my lord Montacute of Burly will congregate in the Banqueting Hall at 3.00 p.m. sharp this afternoon

    To deny these scurrilous rumours that somone has pulled Ken Clarke through a hedge (again)…


  24. 47
    Constitutional lawyer says:

    I think we should ask Bell Pottinger to form a decent Government

    and stop shilly shallying around

    Power should appear to lie where power really is I say


  25. 49
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Remember when Tom Watson was a bad guy? “The Labour government weakened the rules on lobbying transparency. The ministerial code published in 2007 dropped the requirement that meetings between ministers and lobbyists should be recorded. It also rebuffed MPs’ demands for a register of lobbyists. You’ll be surprised to hear who the villain was: Tom Watson, then a Cabinet Office minister, now a heroic campaigner for corporate accountability. He brushed aside the call for a register with the claim that “we have a pretty good system in the UK”. In fact, we have no system at all: the Commons public administration committee has pointed out that “Lobbying activity in the United Kingdom is subject to no specific external regulation.””


  26. 66
    Sir William Waad says:

    We in the Country Landowners’ Association like to think of ourselves as the Nobby Lobby. Right now, we are campaigning hard for more wind farms and housebuilding as they both bring us some serious moolah without having to do any work.


  27. 68
    Politicians are CUNTS says:

    in the light of inflation at 5.2%

    this c’unt shows he doesn’t care


    he wants his dues – whilst the rest of us pay for them


  28. 74

    Flash forward to May 2015.

    Good morning. Here is the news. The CPS have announced that they will publish their decision on whether Chris Huhne will be prosecuted tomorrow…


  29. 76
    nell says:

    what about lobbyists? there must be some or are we to assume that labour is absolutely sque aky cle an.??


  30. 77
    nell says:

    what about lobbyists working with labour and who worked with labour whilst they were in government? there must be some or are we to assume that labour is absolutely sque aky cle an.??


  31. 78
    Tim says:

    And, of course, Clegg’s other half Miriam González Durántez is a partner at a company, DLA Piper, with a significant lobbying arm


  32. 79
    Jon Bercouw says:

    I’ve a tidy pension arrangement. With the wife pretty much on the game, am sitting pretty.


  33. 84
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Contributors seem to have forgotten the most important of business axioms:

    The working class can kiss my ar*se
    I’ve got the lobby job at last.


  34. 85
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Or, if you are a mixture of Gordon Bruin and Billy Wossname

    I’ve got a jobby lob at last.


  35. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Wow – you’re a regular Michael Crick aint your Guido.


  36. 87
    Delbert Wilkins says:

    Bell Pottinger are members of the PRCA.


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