Here was I, minding my own business when a tweet from the BBC news hit my state of the art newsdesk
Has the time come for greater transparency? http://bit.ly/a56qoS
Stupid question, I thought (and told them so). But nevertheless, I was intrigued to follow the link and read what Pravda could possibly add to the debate. Sure enough, a little vested interest piece designed to show the ever stupid public that matters are in hand, no need to panic. Or ask questions. It even included a quote:
When the public can not see how public policy is being influenced then we have a problem
Tamasin Cave, Alliance for Lobbying Transparency
Who? Never heard of them. Off we go to the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency website.
Wow, these guys look tough. They've set their targets on some right dodgy people
I agree. Tell me where I should look. But first, tell me where you get your money from. I'd hate to think there were any vested interests at play.After the expenses scandal, we deserve a new type of politics – it’s vital that prospective MPs are fully transparent about their links to lobbying.
Campaign Against Arms Trade
Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
Friends of the Earth
National Union of Journalists
Pesticides Action Network
War on Want
World Development Movement
sigh...they just don't get it, do they? If you want a job as a Lobbyist, you could do worse than watch the W4MP website job pages, where many of the above listed fake charities advertise for er...lobbyists.