COMMENT: EDITORIAL; Beware of guilt by innuendo

Despite the Prime Minister’s best table thumping, the so-called ‘cash for questions’ affair is unlikely to be laid to rest quickly, to the chagrin of all concerned.

Despite the Prime Minister’s best table thumping, the so-called ‘cash

for questions’ affair is unlikely to be laid to rest quickly, to the

chagrin of all concerned.



Since abandoning its libel case against the Guardian last week, IGA has

largely disintegrated in a welter of bad publicity (although Ian Greer

still vigorously denies the allegations). But, however dramatic the

fall-out for one firm, this is a matter which affects all lobbyists. If

it is not resolved satisfactorily, it could wrongly lead people to

assume that lobbyists routinely pay politicians for political favours.

That is emphatically not the case.



These allegations must be investigated, and lobbyists must be seen to

stand up for their profession - which is a perfectly legitimate, and

desirable, part of the democratic process.



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