Diary: Lobbyists should beware the ire of Greer as he marches into battle

The revelation that Norma Major irons John’s shirts was perhaps the most thrilling titbit in the extracts from One Man’s Word - Ian Greer’s account of the cash for questions affair - carried recently in the Daily Telegraph.

The revelation that Norma Major irons John’s shirts was perhaps the

most thrilling titbit in the extracts from One Man’s Word - Ian Greer’s

account of the cash for questions affair - carried recently in the Daily

Telegraph.



However, despite the gobbets’ anodyne nature, I hear the complete work,

due out later this month, is likely to cause far greater tremors -

particularly among the lobbying fraternity.



Rumour has it that Greer uses the book to name those he feels connived

at bringing down the once mighty Ian Greer Associates empire. And,

according to sources close to Greer, the accused men are likely to be:

Kevin Bell, managing director of Lowe Bell Political, Guy Black,

secretary to the Press Complaints Commission and former Lowe Bell

consultant, Charles Miller, director of the Public Policy Unit and

secretary of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and

Andrew Gifford, chief executive of GJW and chairman of the APPC. My

source explains: ’Ian has got nothing to lose, so certain lobbyists will

be slated.’ A spokesman for Greer’s publisher Andre Deutsch declined to

comment on the book’s content.



The gang of four themselves dismiss conspiracy claims. Guy Black

describes any claims as ’palpable nonsense’.



Andrew Gifford says: ’Such allegations would be grossly unfair because I

was attacked by most of the other APPC members for keeping him a member

as long as we did.’



Charles Miller adds, with a certain sadness: ’I did not bad-mouth

Ian.



Clearly, as someone who spoke a lot to the media, he will think I did

not speak up for him. It is easy to forget the times that I did.’



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