The Lobbying Bill being debated at Westminster will do nothing to expose corporate lobbying, says Tamasin Cave, a director of SpinWatch, author, and leader of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency coalition. If we are going to diminish corporate commercial influence in government, we need to understand its tactics better and call them out.
Lord Paul Tyler, Liberal Democrat spokesman in the Lords on constitutional reform issues, and Baroness Shirley Williams, former leader of Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have attacked Caroline Lucas MP as "misguided and wrong" in her concerns about the Lobbying Bill – namely, that unless significantly amended (or better, scrapped and completely redrafted) it will let corporate lobbyists off the hook while gagging non-party organisations and unions.
There is a new but rather unwieldy political buzzword: "differentiation". This is the process by which the Liberal Democrats are attempting to distance themselves from their Coalition partners prior to the next General Election. It is a delicate business, as Nick Clegg tries to highlight the differences in values and priorities between his party and the Conservatives, whilst avoiding an outright split in the Coalition