A lobbyist is running the Tory government’s inquiry into the Greensill scandal.
A lobbyist is running Parliament’s watchdog on lobbying.
And more people in public life are being identified as employees of the collapsed finance firm Greensill Capital, meaning their loyalties were divided between working for the public good and making profits for this private company. And this is just one firm. How many other MPs, former MPs and people in charge of other public organisations are also enmired in this corruption?
For those who can’t read images well, it says the government review of lobbying is being headed by Nigel Boardman, a consultant with law firm Slaughter & May – which lobbied against tightening lobbying laws.
It seems clear that the ‘fix’ is in – anyone who works for a firm that wants more freedom to lobby the government won’t find any corruption in David Cameron’s activities for Greensill, right?
Now let’s look at how Parliament got into a position where a former prime minister was able to insinuate himself into the corridors of power on behalf of his new employer and influence current ministers to provide Greensill with huge amounts of public money. Why didn’t the lobbying watchdog spot it and put a stop to it?
A senior member of the Government’s own lobbying watchdog runs his own firm advertising his access to ministers at the highest echelons of power.
Andrew Cumpsty sits on the Government’s Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), and boasts of his access to Cabinet ministers.
Do you think that might have something to do with how the rot has set in so far?
And then there’s this:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Commissioner of the Met Police Lord Hogan-Howe was a paid adviser to collapsed lender Greensill Capital at the same time as working at the heart of Whitehall.@BenGartside and @tomelleryrees report https://t.co/XzgNWw4Hxc pic.twitter.com/EIlH7GaLNg
— Telegraph Business (@telebusiness) April 14, 2021
Hogan-Howe – now a Lord, and therefore well-placed to put in a good word for his employers – has only been discovered because of the focus on Greensill.
But how many other firms have their fingers in government pies via members of Parliament they just happen to have in their pockets?
And how much are our MPs and former MPs earning from second (or third, or fourth, or however many) jobs with these organisations?
Yes, there’s a Parliamentary inquiry happening, independently of Boris Johnson’s Slaughter & May-led whitewash, but that won’t go far enough either.
We need a full investigation into the current employment situations of all former MPs. Do they work for firms that have government contracts and, if so, how were those contracts secured?
Let’s find out how deep the rot has set in.
Because if we don’t – and if we don’t then clear it all out – then we may as well accept that Tory corruption is here to stay; it isn’t only part of the fabric of political life – it is the heart of the UK’s politics.
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