September 3rd, 2013

Lansley: I Will Stand Up For Lobbyists

Andrew Lansley has been sent out by the government to defend the already badly wounded Lobbying Bill this morning. He seemed to admit some flaws on Today, though insisted “we are the most transparent government you have ever seen”. In the interests of transparency, Guido thought he would publish a particularly honest extract from Lansley’s letter to Tory MPs last night:

“I will stand up for the role of lobbyists; they do an important job, representing wide views to Government to assist informed and considered policy making… it is not my job, nor the job of Government, to control the lobbying industry; nor to create a burdensome and bureaucratic monster.”

When people are accusing your bill of not actually doing anything to tackle lobbyists, saying you are going to stand up for them probably isn’t the best idea. Lansley also provided colleagues with a helpful “myth-buster”, which seems to serve only to confirm the large number of lobbyists exempt from the bill. It’s going to be yet another awkward debate for the government…


  1. 1
    David Cameron says:

    I’m rather shit and inept aren’t I, what what.

    I think Frankie Boyle hit the nail on the head when he said I look like someone who belongs on a Lurpak wrapper playing a trombone. Toot toot!

  2. 2
    Our EU membership fee: 20 billion reasons to vote UKIP says:

    “we are the most transparent government you have ever seen”

    That’s not the same thing as being a transparent government, though.

    Camoron can’t even bring himself to say which member of his inner circle described Conservative Party activists as “swivel-eyed loons”.

  3. 3
    lescrompsblogg says:

    Anybody would think Lansley was some kind of two faced lying corrupt incompetent fucker, which as any highly paid lawyer will tell you is completely untrue #LobbyBill

  4. 4
    Frances Crook (she's a real person, look up the shit she's written, it's barking) says:

    Jon Venables is an innocent man who deserves a third chance. I don’t care that he killed a toddler and downloaded child porn. Criminals have rights too.

  5. 5
    Handycock says:

    I’m a myth buster.

  6. 6
    Dave Cameron, Man of Iron and Equestrian says:

    Lobbying is the next big scandal waiting to happen.

  7. 7
    Labour MPs we cheer when we voted no to help the children being murdered in Syria says:

    We lied over Iraq.
    We cheer when the vote is no to help Syrian children.
    We really are a bunch of shits.

  8. 8
    Hugh Janus says:

    I bet you will stand up for lobbyists, because they will provide you with a ‘job’ when your lot are booted out at the next election. Stands to reason that MPs will not want to strangle the hand that feeds when the public call time.

  9. 9
    ANON says:

    Sounds like a slight victory for opponents of wind power stations.

    Action from Argyll proves game-changer in wind farm consents for Scottish and UK governments

  10. 10
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    Fuck off !!

  11. 11
    Living in 97.222% white Merseyside says:

    I often sign petitions on 38 Degrees. They reckon this bill will prevent them from lobbying in the year leading up to a GE.

  12. 12
    Tom Catesby. says:

    Is that a gun Lansley is holding to his head?

  13. 13
    The Party that lied over Iraq comes over suddenly all sanctimonious says:

    Now we want a second vote ignoring the fact that we voted against a government motion granting that including everything that we asked for. We blame Cameron for losing the vote. It’s not our fault just cos’ we put party politics above saving lives in Syria. A decent Prime Minister would have lied through his teeth and won the vote. He couldn’t even get a proper Dodgy Dossier together and then fool Parliament that the UK was under threat and unless they acted within 45 minutes they could all be under attack.

    Three cheers for Miliband and his principled stand against the Tory warmongers !!

  14. 14
    V1le disgusting toxic Labour trashed my Country says:

    Thank you David for continuing to enrich my life in our super diverse multicultural UK shithouse. I really enjoy paying huge amounts of tax to fund the benefits of half a million sponging scum immigrants as well.

  15. 15
    lobbyist says:

    Did the tories and limp dicks who voted against the gov’t cheer? probably, as it was a major blow to Cameroon.

  16. 16
    The BBC is an impartial's just that we think Labour is right says:

    The BBC is exempt so they will be campaigning for Labour from Autumn 2014 as they did in 2009 ahead of GE

  17. 17
    Senior Tory Minister allegedly says:"You are all an effing disgrace !" says:

    Didn’t see any although there were shots Labour MPs indulging in such on camera after the vote.

  18. 18
    Schrodinger's Labour Party Leader says:

    So is Ed going to support this, or wait for some dead kids to turn up and a phone call from Len and then oppose before trying to put together a new b!ll so as he can claim Labour is championing the cause ?

    Or is he just going to resign now ?

  19. 19
    lobbyist says:

    Has anybody else noticed that the BBC, media, press, politicians, ‘liberal’ bleedinghearts, Liebore Party, etc. Have all stopped trying to brainwash us with the repeated mantra of,’integration’. Now even they realise that hasn’t worked, we now get constant reminders from the same gang about how, ‘enriching’ and beneficial to the nation all this ‘diversity’ and mass immigration is to the country?

  20. 20
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    If it was BBC coverage they probably had planted Labour activists in the Tory benches.

  21. 21
    Paddy the Pikey says:

    I’m a missus buster, bejasus

  22. 22
    V1le disgusting toxic Labour trashed my Country says:

    Because they realise it’s a lost cause. We have huge problems on the way and I hope I can emigrate before it kicks off. I didn’t vote for all this immigration and my England has been destroyed.

  23. 23
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    Not a convincing case against.

    38 Degs are the common purpose E’wan’me of lobby groups.

    The BBC should be considered a separate political entity in it’s own right.

  24. 24
    kkk says:

    this Bill will close down dissent by anyone who isn’t a corporate player – just the sort of nazi tory act you’d expect from a government of ignorant c’unts

  25. 25
    It couldn't happen here says:

  26. 26
    our very own oversea lobbyist says:

    Will this bill apply to our very own (not mine) MP who lobbies oversea when and where ever the cash takes him.


  27. 27
    Member of the general public says:

    If by “transparent” you mean we can see through you, then I agree

  28. 28
    It couldn't happen here 2 says:

  29. 29

    Premier transparent service provider.

  30. 30
    b-b-p says:

    No Governments do the general Public any Favours,we are Taxed whether Employed or not ,through Vat ,set commodity pricing or Draconian Measures introduced such as the Bedroom Tax , Benefit Sanctions, and not fit for purpose ATOS Assessments .Imagine the Social Senario of an audience of the Public watching a Pantomime ,some of the ‘informed’ audience are watching actors on stage either ill-informed or misinformed portraying ‘Life as it is’ .We all shout “behind you” do they take any notice .Eventually but the new Laws introduced have crept up on them without them knowing.Where is the Media then.We all strive to make our way in life but are totally thwarted by people who supposedly represent us.Some MP’s are totally genuine others are threatened by whips “toe the party line or your career is over”.Recently 15 MP’s wrote to the House of Lords stating this Fact over the Gay Rights Bill.It got passed.

  31. 31
    Hugh Janus says:

    Well, good for Christine Metcalf! Another treaty we have signed up to that has come back to bite the government in the arse. Excellent.

    Willing to bet that they had little idea of what it involved when they signed it.

  32. 32
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    Hard to stand up with a lead & antimone spinal implant.

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