Clegg really is an opportunist, ain\’t he?

Following disclosures by The Telegraph about MPs and peers taking money from undercover reporters posing as lobbyists, the Deputy Prime Minister pledges to bring in laws to create a “cleaner, better politics”.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Clegg says the lobbying scandal has again shown that our “political system has long been crying out for head-to-toe reform”.

Not lobbyists bribe some people.

Therefore lobbyists must be regulated.

Eh?

4 thoughts on “Clegg really is an opportunist, ain\’t he?”

  1. I think you’ve parsed the story wrongly, Tim.

    As I see it
    1) Journalists pretend to be lobbyists
    2) Pretend lobbyists offer to bribe legislators
    3) Legistlators are up for it

    The only significance of the lobbyists in this case being pretend ones, is that real ones don’t film their offers, they just get on with the bribery and ensuing favours. IOW the difference is merely about getting-away-with-it vs not-getting-away-with-it, not the practise itself.

    The most important thing in that story, which I think you’ve missed, is that Clegg has started talking about electors being able to recall MPs.

    That, IIRC, was supposed to happen about 3 years ago, but then got quietly dropped. I suspect it’s just talk this time, but it would be good if it weren’t

  2. Cj nerd; you do highlight very eloquently that it is legislators and not lobbyists who are at fault since the only thing proven is that legislators take bribes and not that lobbyists make them (unless they are journalists that is)

  3. 1) Journalists pretend to be lobbyists
    2) Pretend lobbyists offer to bribe legislators
    3) Legislators are up for it

    Therefore the solution is to have a register of real lobbyists so legislators know who they can take a bribe from safely.

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