July 15th, 2013

Labour’s Lobbying Reform Proposals Do Not Go Far Enough

Guido welcomes Labour’s new tough stance on lobbying after thirteen years of prostituting in government. They have outlined amendments to be put down to this week’s lobbying bill, amendments which include a change to ensure all professional lobbyists working in the UK will be required to declare their full list of clients and an approximate value of their lobbying activity. In an obvious dig at Crosby they will also demand that “anyone doing a senior job for the government of the day – whether in-house or a contractor, formally for the party or directly by the government – who is a professional lobbyist must be declared.” New appointments to government would also be scrutinised in a similar way to how senior officials or ministers leaving to take up posts in related areas have new their jobs put before a Cabinet Office committee. Solid stuff, but does this go far enough? Not at all.

Labour’s back-of-a-fag-packet announcement today does not take into account successful lobbyists that pay money directly to government figures. Surely, government MPs should  for obvious conflicts of interest reasons have to resign from any union that financially supports them, and not accept money from them directly or indirectly to their constituency parties, whilst in government? Labour’s John Trickett said this morning:

“Labour is determined to stand up to vested interests and we will push amendments to the government’s lobbying bill that will once and for all clean up this aspect of politics.”

Except where their union paymasters are involved?


  1. 1
    joolz says:



    • 9
      Labour Infinite Monkey typing pool says:

      We are trying our bloody best.


      • 15
        V1le Labour trashed my Country says:

        Labour and clean-up is an oxymoron. Are you feeling really enriched and overjoyed in this super diverse multicultural eu dominated corrupt UK cesspit?


        • 23
          Anonymous says:

          If you hate the country that much – then b****r off!


          • V1le Labour trashed my Country says:

            I have more right to be in this Country tnan you as many of my ancestors died fighting to protect this Country and for what?. For millions of spongers and immigrants to wreck their legacy. I suppose you’re one of these disgusting welfare spongers or immigrants that are destroying this Country or probably a disgusting Labour voter.


          • V1le Labour improved my Country says:

            I LOVE YOU!


          • Anonymous says:

            Many died fighting to protect this Country from disgusting racists – like you.


        • 26
          Living in 97.33% white Merseyside says:

          Lie back and think of the Boom Years (1997-2008) when that nice Mr Blair was in charge.

          Since the war and he and SuperMac have presided over a purple patch.


        • 28
          V1le Labour trashed my Country says:

          I can’t leave the country. I am on a home office section and have to declare my whereabouts daily.


      • 19
        Anonymous says:

        In the interests of balance and openness, will Guido welcome calls for Dave to open the books?


        • 42
          Guido gets it wrong again says:

          with all the glorious spooks technology readily available why not put it to good use 1984 style.

          All those PMs should have a miniature camera and microphone permanently attached to their forehead. Perhaps would reveal itself as a raised skin but discrete enough.

          Now all things seen and heard can be recorded and assessed.

          Lobby as much you like.


  2. 2
    Err says:

    ” once and for all “. You can’t be that effin stupid.


  3. 3
    The Right Honourable George Osborne Mp says:

    I think we’ve got a very clear message, a loud and clear message that Britain cannot let up in dealing with its debts, dealing with its problems, cannot let up in making sure that Britain can pay its way in the world.


    • 8
      Robert Maxwell deceased says:

      If you owe the Bank £100 then you have a problem.

      If you owe the Bank £1,000,000 then the Bank has a problem.


  4. 4
    joolz says:

    So labour want to change their funding so the tax payers pay all their bills and what happens to their 20 million overdraft, who pays that off. Ah the tax payer again when we have to bail out the co-op bank


  5. 5
  6. 6
    One man, one vote. says:

    Labour only want plain packaging because it gives them a bit more space for them to write their policies on it.


    • 53
      Old Blind Pugh says:

      I have another thing Libore could put in as an amendment, every lobbyist should give a written a legal affirmation that they have no close relationship with any minister or MP, if they want it open make it truly open.


  7. 7
    Centre Parting says:

    The taxpayer may bail out the Coop and as a result will be subsidising the Labour Party from yet another source.


  8. 10
    Labour Health Mminister drinks alcohol in School says:


  9. 11
    Gordon rides the bandwagon says:


  10. 12
    Alfonso says:

    The only way to deal with lobbying is to make it illegal and build a new large prison to incarcerate all it’s practitioners.


  11. 13
    Barrie Singleton says:

    What is the legal status of the politcal parties?

    Are they recognised as legal entities that could be sued…for say fraud?


  12. 14
    Trickett's ElecTricks says:

    “Labour is determined to
    stand up to vested
    interests and we will push
    amendments to the
    government’s lobbying bill
    that will once and for all
    clean up this aspect of

    Another attempt at misdirection. Labour will continue to be funded by the Union Lobby.

    I am sick fed up with Labour’s deceptive spin.


  13. 16
    Miss Direction says:

    Spin! Spin! Spin!


  14. 17
    Just in case you missed it says:


    • 30
      V1le Labour trashed my Country says:

      if you paid HC enough he’d say he was a socialist i am sure.


      • 56
        Old Blind Pugh says:

        HC is getting fatter & fatter, also he sounds spaced out to me, booze or the funny stuff


  15. 19
    Boris Carloffe says:

    Surely, if union members are to be allowed to opt in to paying political contributions, they must be given the option to say which party their contribution goes to instead of just to labour.


  16. 22
    Len McCluskey says:

    What is so wrong with Ed lobbying me every now and again?


  17. 31
    Ed Miliband says:

    Bedroom Tax
    Andy Coulson
    Rebekah Brooks
    Food Banks
    Leon Brittan
    Peter Morrison
    Osborne’s paddock scam
    Children left in the pub
    43 Government U-turns
    Minimum alcohol pricing
    Anthony Bamford
    Adrian Beecroft
    Michael Spencer
    Peter Cruddas

    Cigarette packaging & Lynton Crosby


    • 44
      Anonymous says:

      Tedious twat.

      13 YEARS of Socialist fuck ups has brought the Country to its knees.

      PS. Don’t forget Burnham and his mess at the NHS.


  18. 33
    Brigham says:

    Why not make all lobbying illegal. simple solution.


  19. 34
    David Cameron says:

    Unite and, and, and, that’s it.


  20. 37
    Moussa Koussa mark 14 says:

    IDS has ‘a belief he’s right’ about the benefit cap despite evidence to the contrary.

    He’s also a well known state subsidised sponger himself having never left the public teat: army to six months dole to state subsidised business to MP. He loved a subsidy so much he even got his wife, Betsy, in on the act so she could claim secretarial allowance from the HOC despite doing little to no work.She, however, was rumbled by Michael Crick and he was later sacked as Tory leader. The Quiet Man indeed.

    A pompous prig and charlatan and a thoroughly nasty, disreputable scoundrel of the lowest order.


    • 38
      Jo Moore says:

      Today would be a very good day to bury Ian Duncan Smith


      • 40
        Moussa Koussa mark 14 says:

        IDS has a problem with the truth. This can be demonstrated with evidence as he fakes his own CV and boasted about attending private colleges which never existed and offered qualifications which he never received.

        When a man lies so openly about his own past he should not be allowed into any position of power where his lies can ruin lives.

        Only in Cameron’s Britain.


        • 46
          Paniagua v5 says:

          Come on Moussa tell us what you would do then. Would you simply pay untold amounts. What would you do?

          Like most Labour trots you condemn and criticise but offer fuck all as an alternative except finding more industrial strength baby bio for the money tree.


        • 47
          IDS advisor says:

          failed to get to Uni and army officers exams.
          didn’t ask a searching question over Labours reason for Iraq invasion.

          Good at seeking things out.
          Never knows how to evaluate.


    • 41
      Bob Crow says:

      He’s a Tory – he’d never reopen the mines because it would go against Maggie’s legacy.

      We’ve already seen him force people to work for profit making companies for next to nothing. The next step is to force unemployed people to live in company housing, eat company provided food and work 100 hours a week. Their benefits will be paid to the company in gratitude for the housing and food provided.

      Obviously this will be cheaper for companies (i.e. taxpayer funded) they will be able to lay off paid employees, making them unemployed so they can come right back to work as indentured workers.

      Okay, maybe I took it to the post-apocalyptic extreme there. But sadly I wouldn’t put it past IDS.


      • 52
        Dweeb says:

        Typical leftards. Drag up anything and everything from a man’s past that has nothing to do with their performance at the job.

        Make absurd guesses about “forcing people to work 100 hours a week” without the slightest foundation.

        Offer as “a fact” garbage like: “IDS has ‘a belief he’s right’ about the benefit cap despite evidence to the contrary”. What evidence?

        If you’ve nothing to say other than smears and abuse, bugger off.


  21. 39
    Noel Edmonds says:

    I used to do Blobbying once


  22. 49
    Anonymous says:

    The problem is you wont find the BBC reporting that
    In fact it will be reported in such a way that it will appear a problem only with those nasty tories


  23. 58
    Ruprecht says:

    My mouthpiece here obviously doesn’t want to talk about his own paymaster. That would be counter productive to his ‘truther’ pose.


  24. 59
    Stolen innocence 2012 of United Wheeldom says:

    Reblogged this on stoleninnocence2012's Blog.


  25. 61
    Penfold says:

    Well, you see, Unions are not Lobby Partnerships or Company’s.

    And, well, they do sort of “own” the Labour Party, having created/established it as their political party to represent the workers.

    So, it’s only fair that business support a counterweight party.

    Which begs the question who represents the people who don’t want to vote Labour?

    As for lobbying and lobbyists, it’s thoroughly undemocratic and undermines the voters representation @ Westminster, whether its big business or Unions and needs to be outlawed, otherwise we will end up like the US.

    Parties should publish a manifesto and people vote for those intentions.

    Perhaps we can have a system whereby manifesto’s are voted upon line by line.


  26. 62

    They’ll make a new elastic lobbying law. Stretched until it snaps in 5 years.


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