Musings —04.26.2012 08:24 AM—
What brings the word “lobbying” into disrepute is crap like this. And, no, I’m not at all surprised to see who is at the centre of it. As you may recall, I was prepared to swear an affidavit (as was my friend Mraz) to make clear whom was telling the truth in the Lib-Dipper merger melodrama, a couple years back. I’m not a fan.
Setting up a meeting is a registrable act. So too is attempting to persuade a public office holder to do something, or not do something. The fact that one did not docket one’s time for lobbying does not also mean that one was not otherwise compensated for lobbying. “Any amount” of lobbying, says the Conservative expert at the law firm in question, should be registered. I agree with that.
Anyway. What goes ’round comes ’round, as a former big shot is about to learn the hard way.