The Process of Lobbying for Fracking

The present discussions about fracking for shale gas shows the processes which occur when private enterprises undertakes tasks that are supposed to benefit the common weal. The same processes occurred when energy was privatised. There are four stages Continue reading

Celebrity Lobbying: Fry and Cameron

Celebrities and politicians can be witless fellows, no matter how entertaining they might be. Politicians have time to talk to celebrity actors who are lobbying for their own pet projects, but no time to talk to serious folk who wish to talk about matters in which they (the serious folk) have no financial advantage or behavioural interest. Continue reading

Politics Starts Up Again

The Olympic Games has ended, and the Para- Olympics will end soon, and we will now enter the Para-Normal events of politics. Elections for a new President of the United States will take place in November. Mr Obama has not fulfilled his promise or our expectations. he speaks a good speech but in terms of achievement has produced not great vision for the world. By his own measurement of the game, he has failed to come up to scratch. He will now try to convince Americans that he deserves another term of office while his opponent will try to convince them of exactly the opposite. the prize is leadership of the world’s most powerful nation, with power over the life an death of many people. Like Mr Fezziwig he has the power to make people happy or miserable, and uses his power of life and death when he arranges for drones to kill those he deems to be terrorists, which designation includes all people close to the person he deems terrorists.

I have no vote in the American elections; deciding how to exercise my vote in the United Kingdom is hard enough, as one has to usually make choices between the least incompetent, that that kind of choice is very hard to make rationally. perhaps it is better to make an irrational choice going by feelings prejudice and instinct.

There are no UK elections of any significance planned. The next German General Election will take place in 2013, the next UK General election is due to be held in two and a half years’ time.  General Elections may take place all over Europe much much sooner if the euro crisis deepens. The European Union leaders do not yet send out drones to kill people, but they have the power to make people rich or poor, happy or miserable by their actions and decisions and frequently exercise that power. Usually, whether consciously or not, they exercise that power in favour of those they know, those who are or who have become their friends, either because they believe that friendship with such people may help their political career.

A few years ago David Cameron was a big friend of Rebekah Brooks. Was such friendship based on anything but a mutual ability to use each other to help in their respective careers? I doubt it. This is and has become a normal part of the political process; manifestos no longer matter, arguments are not made out, principles are avoided as though they were as contagious and harmful as a plague, and instead politicians seek to acquire and retain office by the use of contacts and by sucking up to those with influence. This process goes at every level of politics. It has infected the civil service and the regulators.

It is of course a denial of democracy; votes no longer count because the question does not appear on the ballot box; only names appear and we do not really know what those names stand for. Democracy has been subverted by the lobbyists. We dance to their tune now.

My Voice is Too Small

Political connections and a strong lobby group can do things that a good cause and holding the right moral position cannot. When governments make decisions they succumb to the influence of the powerful. Continue reading

lobbying for biomass

If I want to meet a Government Minister to explain a proposal or to influence some item of policy, I write a letter. I rely on the Minister’s civil servants to read the letter, assess its importance compared with the Minister’s overall tasks and job requirements and then to compose a reply which in accordance with the ministerial objective either grants me access or not.

I do understand that Ministers are bombarded with requests for access. They cannot see everyone and there has to be some objective system of granting access to those that want to explain or ask for a policy or a change of policy. It seems to me that Ministers have no confidence in their own civil servants to make the appropriate judgements. The proof lies in the existence of paid lobbyists. Continue reading