Theresa May's chance to shine a light on lobbying

Theresa May's chance to shine a light on lobbying

Just before he took power back in 2010, David Cameron described lobbying as “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. He was right. But six years later, not much has changed. Theresa May has promised a government that is driven ‘not by the interests of the privileged few’ but by ordinary people. Will her words prove more meaningful than her predecessor?

A year old, the lobbying register is as useless as predicted

A year old, the lobbying register is as useless as predicted

Twelve months ago the government introduced new rules that promised to let us see which lobbyists are having a quiet word with our politicians. So, on the anniversary of the launch of the UK's lobbying register, how much more do we know about who is leaning on our politicians? (Answer: not a lot).

Last chance to fix the Scottish Lobbying Bill

Last chance to fix the Scottish Lobbying Bill

Under pressure from the lobbying industry, the Scottish government has introduced last-minute changes to the Lobbying Bill which would see many lobbyists escape public scrutiny.  Take action at closetheloopholes.scot

Call me maybe - why the Lobbying Bill gets it wrong on digital communications

Call me maybe - why the Lobbying Bill gets it wrong on digital communications

Is there a big difference between a Skype call and a phone call? Not really, you might think.  One can use video, the other can’t; one uses your data, the other uses your minutes; but you can do both of them with a smartphone and both of them fulfil the same basic function. 

According to the Scottish Government, you are dead wrong.

 

Fears about proposed lobbying register overstated according to international survey

Fears about proposed lobbying register overstated according to international survey

The alleged chilling effects of Scotland’s proposed lobbying register on democratic participation have been greatly overstated, campaigners are arguing today following a new survey of lobbying disclosure in Canada, the United States, Ireland and Austria which has found little evidence of registers deterring political participation among small organisations and community groups.

Scotland’s Lobbying Bill: five myths busted

Scotland’s Lobbying Bill: five myths busted

In the first week back after Christmas, MSPs debated a Bill to introduce a lobbying register designed to let ordinary people know who is trying to influence our politicians. During the debate, we heard powerful calls from MSPs - including the influential Standards Committee - to expand the register so that it gives a clear picture of lobbying activity. But we also heard some pretty wild statements about the impact of a lobbying register. To set the record straight we’ve busted five myths about the proposed lobbying register.