Lord Laird has form in ‘understanding’ the line between lobbying and representation…

It seems this is not the first time Lord Laird has fallen on the ‘complicated’ side of parliamentary rules… From February 2000, not long after his appointment as a peoples peer the Guardian reported that he and Lord Rogan had failed to declare their lobbying interest in Northern Ireland… When contacted by The Observer , Laird denied any conflict of interest. There was no difficulty with his role as chairman of a PR company which offered clients ‘public affairs’ consulting, …

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Democracy is also about saying ‘no’ (‘pity the councillors’)…

Thoughful piece from Suzy on the overzealous lobbying of some Norris supporters… Most of the people involved in supporting Norris have not a clue on how the political system works or how party politics operates. Some of them have no manners either. Their views on democracy are all one way traffic too. Democracy is about also about saying no , it’s about the right to make a decision, not making a decision the way you want it made. Pity the …

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Catholic Church: the lobby and its fear of the public square

It has to be the strangest pairing in the Blogosphere, but my old Telegraph colleague, Damian “the blood-crazed ferret” Thompson has taken rather a shine to old Splintered lately… mostly for his acute observation of the politics of the high end of the English Catholic Church… Almost at random here’s a particularly interesting snippet on their modus operandi as seen by Splintered: Lobbying ministers is fine, but lobbying ministers at the expense of any other methods, like, oh, making a public …

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