2015 saw the Westminster government introduce the UK's first rules designed to open up lobbying.

Except that the register of lobbyists they brought in is a fake.

Only a tiny fraction of the UK’s lobbyists will be covered by it. All corporate in-house lobbyists, for instance, are exempted.

Those few lobbyists registered don't have to reveal any meaningful information: who they are talking to in government; which policies, regulations, laws, or contracts they are discussing; how much money they are spending to bend our government to their will.

The register just introduced is government ticking a box. It does not let us see who is trying to influence our politicians – by design.

It needs to be scrapped and replaced with a proper transparency register that really lets us see who is lobbying whom, about what.