Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lobby fodder

"Bureaucrats want bigger bureaus. Special interests are interested in whatever's special to them. These two groups bring great pressure to bear upon politicians who have another agenda yet: to cater to the temporary whims and fads of the public and the press."All the Trouble in the World. The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Ecological Disaster, Ethnic Hatred, Plague and Poverty by P J O'Rourke

Via Guido, I see that various ministers have been caught in a sting in which they promise to deliver government influence in return for cold, hard, cash.
A FORMER Labour cabinet minister has boasted about how he used his government contacts to change policies in favour of businesses.

Stephen Byers, former trade and transport secretary, was secretly recorded offering himself “like a sort of cab for hire” for up £5,000 a day. He also suggested bringing Tony Blair to meet clients.

He was among several politicians recorded by an undercover reporter posing as a company executive looking to hire MPs for lobbying work.

The others included:
  • Patricia Hewitt, a former health secretary, who claimed she helped to obtain a key seat on a government advisory group for a client paying her £3,000 a day.

  • Geoff Hoon, the former defence secretary, offered to lead delegations to ministers and told the reporter that he was looking to turn his knowledge and contacts into “something that frankly makes money”. He said he charged £3,000 a day.

  • Margaret Moran, the Luton MP who was forced to pay back £22,500 in expenses, boasted that she could ring a “girls’ gang” of colleagues on behalf of clients. Among those she named were: Jacqui Smith, the former home secretary; Hazel Blears, the former communities secretary; and Harriet Harman, the deputy leader of the Labour party.

The interviews were part of a joint investigation by The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches programme in which 13 Labour MPs and seven Conservatives were approached.

Guido turns his fire in the lobbyists, maintaining that they are "scum"—and they probably are. However, the lobbyists are simply taking advantage of the fact that our Parliament is full of greedy, grasping, corrupt, dishonourable cunts who are willing to screw the ordinary people of Britain without the slightest qualm.

These absolute fuckers were willing to pass laws—indeed, have already passed laws—that compel us to do the bidding of their corporate masters. They were willing to take money to fuck us—that's you and me—so that they could stuff their own wallets.

This case is reminiscent of the sting of January last year, when four Lords eagerly courted "some businessmen", each vying to claim that they were the most able to screw the people of this country for the sake of big, fat corporate bribes. And what I wrote then applies in this new case too, because these fuckers...
... are just another branch of the legislature who are willing to sell our liberty down the river in order to line their own pockets. They are evil fucking cunts and they should be ejected from the House forthwith. Hopefully, the shame will lead them to do the honourable thing, although I doubt it...

... because it is becoming more and more fucking obvious that not one single individual in our Parliament has the least shred of honour or decency. As Cromwell so eloquently put it...
"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

"Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

"Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?

These people are cunts and they must be removed. All of them. Our Parliament is corrupt to the core and rotting from the ground up. Our legislators serve no purpose but to enrich themselves and, if it requires them to put the sell us into slavery, then they will happily do so.

This has gone beyond a little light-fingered thieving: this is the selling of policy to corporate interests for money; this is collusion with big business to enslave the nation: this is fascism.

Raze the entire place to the fucking ground and hang every single inhabitant: let there be a bonfire of their vanities. These people are colluding against the people of Britain for their own selfish gain and there is now surely no reason to tolerate this disgusting state of affairs.

It's time to clear out the rot and start again.

But we really shouldn't be surprised for, as P J O'Rourke said, when legislators decide what can be bought and sold the first thing to be bought and sold will be the legislators.

But we can—and should be—outraged. And worried. For the defining trait of fascism is corporatism—that unholy alliance between the state and big business.

These cunts should be hanged for treason against the British people—and the fact that I particularly loathe the named participants would just bring an extra frisson to the proceedings.



Roger Thornhill said...

I would go one step further.

This is a facet of the big State.

If the State is arbiter and spends lots of cash based on the decisions it makes and that cash is spent in the private sector, it is no surprise the Lobbyists lobby and in the process officials and ministers get some Oil of Palm.

However, if the State does less and less, spends less and less of Other Peoples' Money and is no longer Arbiter over vast tranches of the economy, there is very little value in lobbying and thus much to be gained from corruption.

At the root of this is Authoritarianism, Bureaucracy, Regulation, permits, gatekeepers. The State.

The best way to end as much of this as possible is to take the State out of the equation and return decision making to freed markets, individuals and private transactions involving money earned by the person deciding/spending it.

Winston said...

DK, I think corporatism is not just between big business and government, but also special interest groups and government, one might look at the fake charities as an example of this.

The left have encouraged competition between interest groups and the strengthening of distinctions between social groups eg multiculturalism. In this competitive arena of identity politics rather than all being equal some groups must 'win' and others 'lose'. Even the unofficial groups have leaders or 'community spokesperson' out to grab their slice of the cake.

If there was no competition then there would be no bidding and nothing for the rulers to gain, but our rulers will sell us all off to the highest bidder, whether it's for money, power, influence or votes, they don't give a fuck.

They're all a bunch of fascists, I guess that's why Labour voters who don't like what Labour are doing find it so easy to go and vote for the BNP, when you divide the country up among competing interests and play them off against one another it's only natural that some white working class people will go and vote for the group who claims to represent them best and whose basic principle is 'if we get enough support the interests of white working class people will win the competition'.

Never miss an opportunity to point out how fascist the left is because sure as shit they will shout it at the first opportunity and keep a straight face while doing it.

Martin said...

Laws are like sausages. They seem delicious, but for fuck's sake, you don't want to see how they're made.

Ian E said...

Cunts for sale? Well, Mr Byers, I would make the comparison with a different trade than supplying taxis - though I would be insulting the oldest profession at that!

Hoon, Byers, Hewitt and Moran - the 'elite' who expect MPs to be paid more, so as to attract the 'talented' into politics - hasn't worked so far!

Scullerymaid said...

"...our Parliament is full of greedy, grasping, corrupt, dishonourable cunts who are willing to screw the ordinary people of Britain without the slightest qualm."

Indeed. Here's one example: parliamentarians of all parties planning to waste £97 billion of our money on new nuclear weapons just so that they can feel important and swank around with the Americans.

Anonymous said...

This looks like a clear case of bribery and corruption, with two of the suspects naming their price. Surely this is a case for the police?

2Mac said...

I was recently very disappointed to learn that a Hung Parliament as reported in the press did not involve either Rope, Lamposts and the twitching bodies of corrupt cunts dangling as the last breaths of their corrupt lives violently ends.

It still seems that this option would provide the most suitable way to rid the dis United Kingdom of the vile corrupt fuckwits that take our money to line their own pockets and those of their paymasters in the Unions or Big Business.

Why can we not have a campaign for an actual "Hung Parliament" for all the corrupt fuckers. Maybe involve a telephone vote to establish the order of who goes first, competitions to see who gets to pull the lever and maybe a Big brother style house to monitor them 24/7 while they await our judgement.

We could repay the national deficit with the money raised for such an event and safe a fortune on pensions for the disgraced right honourable cunts.

Now that would as the politicians like to say "Send a message.." that this behaviour has severe consequences.

I bet we would also be able to engage the entire public and increase the number of people who vote at Wasteminster elections.

Wat Dabney said...

What Roger said.

As the left - the fascists and the socialists - forever increases the powers of the state to further their particular agenda, so they increase the value of its patronage.
A powerful state inevitably panders only to organised special-interest groups - unions and businesses mostly - while completely ignoring the majority who (mugs that they are) get on with their lives rather than organising themselves politically.

The man in the street is not even on the radar. If you aren't a rich union or a big company then you are nothing. Only by slashing the powers of the state will you see any change, and that is not in the interests of the various labour cartels or industries so it is not going to happen.

This latest story of a handful of MPs overtly peddling their influence is sordid but it misses the much larger point: the state itself, when functioning normally, is nothing but a vehicle for plunder.

antidote said...

Class-action lawsuit anyone ..? if we all chip in I am sure we can afford it!