• 11 Feb 2015

    Whoever we decide to vote for in May, we need an election campaign fought on the basis of truth, not spin. In the past, charities would have spoken out if a politician tried to give a false picture of reality, but many now feel gagged by the Lobbying Act passed last year. Happily, one charity exists solely to check facts, but it needs our help to meet the challenge of the election campaign.

  • 13 Jan 2014

    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.

  • 4 Apr 2012

    Image manipulation, trivia and opportunist deceit have brought our politics low, says Jill Segger. She suggests we all need to examine our attitudes and loyalties if the decline is to be arrested.

  • 11 Mar 2010

    Spin is not merely changing facts, but changing the context in which we see the facts. In that respect, it can be something quite positive, says Jonathan Bartley.

  • 1 May 2008

    Gordon Brown's political appointees represent corporate influence and PR savvy, says Simon Barrow. But is all this smoothness good for the soul of politics?