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Posts Tagged: Lobbying
Protecting our open society against threats from authoritarian states is an essential battle. We must not lose.
Chris Whitehouse: Disloyalty, short-termism and selfishness – as they say of each other. Lobbyists at war.
How two factions of self-proclaimed professional influencers are painting themselves into ever-tighter corners.
From ‘fake news’ to micro-targeting, crowd-funding to data rights, we explore the key areas of focus for an overdue review of the rules of our democracy.
James Frayne: Relations between businesses and politicians are made worse by the fact each misunderstand the other
It’s not just about Brexit – it’s deeper and longer-standing than that. Ironically, relations would improve if they each a bit more combative.
The Conservatives: not the Party of “f*ck business”, but not the Party of blind obedience to big business, either
Prioritising large over small, or current businesses over future businesses, would hurt workers, consumers, taxpayers, investors and the nation.
James Frayne: To contest big state ideas, small state conservatives need to get to grips with the detail
They must also rediscover the interests of the consumer – and be better at engaging working class voters on social issues.
Greg Clark and BEIS have the opportunity to create a much more coherent and considerate approach to setting the rules for business.
Chris Whitehouse: Leaving the EU will mean more lobbying here, and more problems with our crazy lobbying laws
The effect of the legislation has been to by-pass the under-the-radar lobbyists, and to bear down on that section of the industry which was already acting responsibly.
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With so many big issues to tackle, it would be easy to take her eye off the pressure groups and let them get their hooks back into domestic policy.
Banning the direct state subsidy of third-sector lobbying is welcome, but will be meaningless without measures to prevent indirect subsidy.
WATCH: Ici Londres – An alliance of unaccountable eurocrats and lobbyists has killed thousands, says Dan Hannan
Brussels’ misguided support for diesel is just one example. And the economic harm of this system is huge, too.
Having Freedom of Information law follow public funds into the third sector is welcome, but the Government must stop paying to lobby itself.
90 per cent of the missives that come my way are from the same tiny number of electronic activists who engage with each and every call to action.