Editorial: Let’s keep lobbying in perspective

The credibility of the lobbying industry has certainly taken a severe knock this week as the Observer continues to shamelessly blow the importance of its ’scoop’ out of all proportion.

The credibility of the lobbying industry has certainly taken a

severe knock this week as the Observer continues to shamelessly blow the

importance of its ’scoop’ out of all proportion.



The Association of Professional Political Consultants has now wisely

taken the high ground by asking two of its most established members to

withdraw, pending an examination of their internal procedures although

it accepts that both companies have taken remedial action.



But the dust will have to settle before the scale of damage becomes

clear.



On 9 July Lord McNally asked in the House if the Government will respond

to a united call by the industry for a proper register of

Parliament.



He has urged that the APPC, IPR and PRCA are consulted on any moves

towards Parliamentary regulation. It is vital that these associations

are given the chance to protect the interests of a legitimate industry.

This is also necessary to avoid the imposition of draconian measures

that would, at the end of the day, deprive not only many lobbyists of a

living, but also a relatively inexperienced Government of invaluable

industry intelligence.



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