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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Cameron declares war on lobbyists then top Tory Andrew Mackay MP accepts new job as a lobbyist

PR Week have a great story which again shows not only the sheer hypocricy of David Cameron and the Conservatives but the fact that actually they haven't really changed since they were thrown out of government in 1997.

This is what David Cameron said on Monday this week in a speech where he launched a scathing attack on lobbyists;
He said: ‘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. I'm talking about lobbying - and we all know how it works.

‘The lunches, the hospitality, the quiet word in your ear, the ex-ministers and ex-advisers for hire, helping big business find the right way to get its way. In this party, we believe in competition, not cronyism. We believe in market economics, not crony capitalism. So we must be the party that sorts all this out.
Then today, just two days later top Tory MP Andrew Mackay, who was embroiled in the recent expenses scandal and faced having to repay to Parliament in excess of £31,000, has admitted he will be joining Burson-Marsteller after considering a number of agencies when he stands down at the forthcoming general election.
I am all for cleaning up politics and let's be honest, once again it was Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats who led this debate a year ago when Nick launched the Take Back Power campaign and now Cameron is trying to catch up and make it sound like it was his idea.
 
But David Cameron quite clearly does not carry his party with him.

2 comments:

Mark Reckons said...

Indeed. He's (currently) my MP although not for much longer thank God. Actually, no, thanks to the two hundred or so people who turned up to the public meeting here in May last year.

Anyway, you have to ask yourself why Burson-Marsteller are willing to pay Mackay a reported six figure salary unless they expect him to have regular access to Cameron and his inner circle. Surely Cameron should rule out any access for Mackay at all in line with his recent pronouncements?

Anonymous said...

Look to the Lords - any Lib Dem members who are also invovled in the world of Government relations?

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