Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Cash for patronage

It seems that the South African government has been learning from our very own politicians.
South Africa's ruling ANC party has been strongly criticised for a scheme charging fees to business leaders to meet senior government officials.

One analyst said the ANC was selling the government's political capital.

Yup; they got the idea from Tony. What they realised was that they could charge businesses money in order to make favourable policy for them. NuLabour have been doing it for years, e.g. Bernie Ecclestone.

Nice to know that we still export some things around the world, eh?

1 comment:

Umbongo said...

"Nice to know that we still export some things around the world, eh?"

Wonderful but, in keeping with the Blair credo that on no account must the UK benefit from anything if it makes Blair uncomfortable (cf giving away the EU rebate for an "undertaking" by the French to have another look at the CAP*), we don't charge for this particular piece of valuable expertise.

[*] they "looked" - it's fine! Bill for loss of rebate: £3 billion (?) per year and counting.