July 24th, 2013

Select Committee Recess Date to Slam Lobbying Bill

Dave’s Lobbying Bill covering just 1% of lobbyists was never going to get through smoothly. Now Graham Allen MP, chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, has got all shouty about the government “mishandling the bill and treating Parliament with disrespect”. He says they have been “slothful” and “there is no legislative scrutiny”, calling the MPs on his committee to meet during recess to take further evidence so they can “fill the gap”.

It is obviously a party political hijacking of the select committee by Labour but to be fair they do have a point. Under Dave’s legislation lobbyists won’t have to disclose clients if they limit meetings to SpAds and civil servants and in-house lobbyists are exempt too. Which means a huge amount of the type of lobbying that needs most scrutiny has been let off entirely. Cue amendments when Parliament is back in September…


  1. 1
    Anthony Weiner says:

    I’ve done lots of slamming in my time. Wahey!

  2. 2
    Just asking says:

    Why can’t just make it legal for anyone who wants to turn up in Parliament to see their MP at any time without an appointment: provided they are a constituent.

    And ban MPs from meeting anyone else unless they do it in public in a room with a live video link watchable by the world at large

  3. 3
    For Giving Greater Pleasure says:

    I expect you get a lot of ribbing.

  4. 4
    Anti-Rentier Alliance (Ban The Whig Rent Seeking Elite) says:

    Just ban the lobbyists. Won’t vote till they do.

  5. 5

    Would not wish to be fair to Labour when they would never be fair in return.

    However, to borrow from Ernest Bevin, one does not want to see an ‘uge coach an’ ‘orses jumpin’ out of that Pandora’s Box.

  6. 6
    The 1% says:

    We are the 1%

  7. 7
    Ron Barras says:

    This is what you get when politicians legislate in a panic.

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Stephanie Flanders: “you can cut council budgets by a quarter, in real terms, and the majority of people won’t really notice the difference.”

    OK Ballsy – now what?

  9. 9
    Rip Van Winkle says:


  10. 10
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    “calling the MPs on his committee to meet during recess to take further evidence so they can “fill the gap”.” He is probably on a loser there then

  11. 11
    You never know says:

    Claire Perry Porn Spat?

    And I thought she was the type to swallow…

  12. 12
    Bill Quango MP-x says:

    And today the government’s new pornography filter came into effect. The minister for nannying, Claire Perry, said that the first stage filter would create an alert to parents when an abusive term is typed into a ‘street engine.’

    “if you type ‘R-ape’ into googleplex, then this will cause an alert. This also applies to variations of words that pornsters will try and use to get around the filters. If the alert is ignored then tougher measures will follow.”

    So far a man who typed in an email that he fed a grape to an ape at the zoo has been arrested.

  13. 13
    Clair Perry says:

    Fill the gap! That’s porn talk!
    Ban it
    BAN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    This a stitch-up very similar to the expenses stitch-up engineered by messrs. Cameron, Clegg and Brown (is he still alive?)

  15. 15
    gOOO ON Len says:

    I think it about time women take the issue of libel and slander a bit more seriously

    If you are going to gosip and make accusations please make sure you have checked your facts

  16. 16
    Daily Fail says:

    We totally back you Claire over this disgusting stuff on the interweb. BREAKING NEWS-“She really is a Barbie Girl! Helen Flanagan steps out in doll-print dress… after posting a VERY revealing ‘selfie’ on Instagram”

  17. 17
    The Gap says:

  18. 18
    Anti-Rentier Alliance (Ban The Whig Rent Seeking Elite) says:

    More cluelessness from Cameron along with his internet pr0n censorship, he is even starting to make McBust look credible, which I’d have though impossible

  19. 19
    Colonel Mustard says:

    They have staff drawn from the same pool of useless civil servants and fuck-wit know-nothing Spads. What do you expect? A clue?

  20. 20
    You'll find me in the kitchen at parties says:

  21. 21

    Where are the Lobbyist Busters. Call themselves Reform Select Committee….I call it a LIBERTY!

  22. 22
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Right up there with Orwell’s cite of the Commie propaganda line, “The Fascist octopus has sung its swan song!” Singing octopuses, indeed! Jumping coaches, indeed! Of course, Bevin could have said, “I don’t want to open Pandora’s Box, and have a coach-and-four coming out of it,” but then again, even in his day, “Pandora’s Box” might have been a fraught double-entendre, more so where horses are concerned (cf. Catherine the Great).

    Of course, Orwell had a solution to this mixing of metaphors: “Try to visualise what it is you’ve just written.”

  23. 23
    Ellie-Mae (8) says:

    Wonder how many pilgrims that is, plus overpaid execs, freebie laptops and expense claims.

    Maybe they’ll try living within their means instead of jacking up parking fees…oh wait….


  24. 24
    Polly Dominatrix Toynbee says:

    Clair babes, you and me, babe-on-babe, mmm enjoy.

  25. 25
    Old Blind Pugh says:

  26. 26
    M102 says:

    Why, had they promised you a doggy bag?

  27. 27
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    Dave is wanting to show that he is doing something, EC elections next year

  28. 28
    Full Ham says:

  29. 29
    Ah! Monika says:

    If Guido does sue Perry successfully , can’t see the “damages” amounting to much.
    By the time the case is over Guido’s stats will have risen significantly.

    Can’t wait fot the court transcript.

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