Lobbying Bill unites Guido Fawkes and 38 Degrees in opposition to it


38 Degrees has released a new video about the Government’s proposed Lobbying Bill, which features a range of voices explaining what the bill involves and why it is flawed. One of the people in the video is Paul Staines, or Guido Fawkes, as he is more widely known.

The Lobbying Bill is now so universally condemned that it has managed to unite 38 Degrees, Guido Fawkes, Owen Jones, Labour List, Lib Dem Voice and Conservative Home.

Now that takes some doing…

 

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  • anyoldiron

    If you really want to know about “Lobbying” then look to what the EU has to say about it. “LOBBYING IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: CURRENT RULES AND PRACTICES” etc, for yes there are many more bright ideas from the EU, So, is our Government only following EU orders. Suggestion’s then? Perhaps? Maybe? Just a little bit?

  • derekemery

    See “Lobbying in the European Union” page 2
    …As Brussels has turned into an important centre of decision-making power (80 % of national legislation today is of European inspiration…
    Therefore today’s UK politicians are at best only 20% as important as they pretend they are and probably far less since German and French opinions will be far more important. One wonders how much of the lobbying bill emanates from UK politicians and how much from Brussels?

  • Penfold

    Left and Right ganging up?
    Clearly someone’s got something correct.
    It’s not often that you get both sides in agreement, so vested interests get together as strange bed-fellows.
    In any event as 80% of legislation is Brussels based and Lobbying over there makes Westminster pale into insignificance we have a greater problem yet to deal with.

  • Cole

    This is nothing to do with the EU. It’s a nasty little bill to shut up civil society in the run-up to the election. Watch the video.

  • anyoldiron

    Policy Department C Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs .
    Lobbying in the European Union. November 2007
    PE 393.266
    CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS
    Directorate-General Internal Policies Policy Department C
    Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs

  • anyoldiron

    The legal basis for the enactment of directives is Article 288 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (formerly Article 249 TEC). Article 288

    To exercise the Union’s competences, the institutions shall adopt regulations, directives, decisions, recommendations and opinions. A regulation shall have general application. It shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

    A directive shall be binding, as to the result to be achieved, upon each Member State to which it is addressed, but shall leave to the national authorities the choice of form and methods. A decision shall be binding in its entirety upon those to whom it is addressed.
    Recommendations and opinions shall have no binding force.

  • henrytinsley

    What’s this got to do with the video?

  • anyoldiron

    To Cole The United Kingdom. Lobbying in the United Kingdom informally
    began in the 19th century, an example being activism for the women’s suffrage
    movement in the 1860s. One of the United Kingdom’s first political consultancy firms,
    Watney and Powell, was formed by British Commander Christopher Powell in the
    1930s.

    The European Union. The European Union had 27 members as of summer 2011.
    Lobbying in the European Union began in late 1970s.

    You will also read more re Lobbying on the UN Website too. (The World Government EH?)

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