Lobbying, the next big scandal
Back in 2010, when campaigning for office, Conservative leader David Cameron said: “We can no longer ignore the issue of lobbying”. It was, he said, “the next big scandal waiting to happen.” He pointed out, rightly, that it is not a party issue:
“It’s an issue that crosses party lines and has tainted our politics for too long, an issue that exposes the far too cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money.”
The Bilderberg conference is a lobbying event that crosses party lines: there are politicians present from right across the political spectrum. David Cameron is right: lobbying is not a party issue, it’s a transparency issue. It’s about nothing less than the way our entire political system works, or doesn’t.
“Nobody has the right to influence government in secret.”