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Private Eye has an occasional column about this, titled ‘Revolving Doors’.

This Writer campaigned against it (fruitlessly, for a change) as the Gagging Act was making its way through Parliament.

While it isn’t against the rules, it does stretch credibility to see no connection between, for example, ex-water minister Richard Benyon’s government post and his new job as £1,000-a-day part-time chairman of the UK Water Partnership.

It seems David Cameron still can’t see the connection. Nor could he when he had a chance to outlaw it as part of the Transparency Act I mentioned above. Perhaps he’s looking forward to one or two tasty directorships himself, in a few years’ time.

It seems you can lead this horse to water, but you can’t make him sign the pledge.

Five former members of David Cameron’s cabinet are among dozens of ex-Coalition ministers earning up to £600 an hour in the sector they used to regulate.

The Prime Minister faces calls for a tougher crackdown on the Whitehall gravy train after a Mirror investigation revealed at least 25 former government bigwigs are raking in well over £1million between them in relevant industries.

Many are trousering thousands of pounds a day in plum part-time roles as directors, advisers or board chairmen.

They have broken no rules and there is no suggestion of wrongdoing.

Source: David Cameron’s gravy train scandal as ex-ministers join payroll of industries they used to oversee – Mirror Online

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