Lobbyists are the Scum of Democracy

The Sunday Times sting that caught Byers, Hewitt and Hoon offering themselves for hire comes as no surprise.  Guido has said it before and will say it again: we have a parliament of whores. It is essentially the job of a government lobbyist to subvert democracy, that is what their clients by-and-large pay them to do.   Sometimes the hired-help (politicians) get embarrassingly caught out, but most of the time they get away with a more subtle form of corruption.

By happy coincidence Guido has been invited to give a speech to the Chartered Institute of Public Relation’s Government Affairs Group this Tuesday. The subject is the influence of lobbying and blogging, CIPR invited Guido to explicitly express his view that “lobbyists are scum”. Such is their masochistic impulse they have had to get a bigger venue. They are, very sportingly, paying Guido for the talk…




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John McDonnell tells the Gallery/Lobby lunch what the priest told him to do…

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