The invites didn’t exactly read “We’re close to New Labour and we have the minster who can make or break you with this upcoming legislation speaking at a small seminar. How many thousands can we milk out of you for a chance to button-hole him ahead of the second reading of that bill…” but that was the gist.
IPPR boasts of its “strong networks in government” and the flow of wonks to the civil service as special advisers (who later become well paid lobbyists) keeps the corporate cheques coming. IPPR has “partners” not clients. The IPPR pitch is careful, but clear: “partners have regular contact with our research directors to discuss the progress of projects relevant to their sector. Partners have the opportunity to get on the inside track of policy development.“ You bet they do.