I would be interested to know if John Glen is still as enthusiastic about Lynton Crosby as he was when he sent out the message below. I think it was Alastair Campbell who once said that when a spin doctor becomes the story it is time for him to go.
The kind of Lobbying carried out by the likes of Crosby defiles politics and is tantamount to legalised corruption involving huge sums of money and conflicts of interest that would not be tolerated in any other walk of life. Both Labour and Tory parties are guilty of allowing this to continue. When in opposition David Cameron said that “Lobbying is the next big scandal”. Now that he is in power he has done nothing about lobbying and is employing one of the most ruthless lobbyists around.
The appointment of Lynton Crosby has been followed by government reversals on many issues but in particular there have been ‘U’ turns on plain packaging for cigarettes, a register of lobbyists and minimum pricing of alcohol. Lynton Crosby is a major lobbyist for the tobacco industry – surely a conflict of interest??
I hope that John Glen has taken note of a fellow Tory MP, the independently minded Sarah Wollaston, who does what MPs are supposed to do and calls governments to account rather than tamely following the party line.
Sarah Wollaston MP (12th Jul 2013): “R.I.P public health. A day of shame for this government; the only winners big tobacco, big alcohol and big undertakers”
David Cameron told to sack strategy chief over link to tobacco giants (Guardian 13th July 2013): http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jul/13/david-cameron-lynton-crosby-tobacco
Lobbying: “The Next Big Scandal” (and its influence on NHS privatisation): http://www.reasonandreality.org/?p=2208
Tobacco firms fund anti-Labor ad campaign (The Daily Telegraph, Australia): http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/tobacco-firms-fund-anti-labor-ad-campaign/story-fn5zm695-1225900798636
David Cameron’s election guru Lynton Crosby uses mysterious offshore tax haven: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lynton-crosby-uses-offshore-tax-2333149
Tobacco lobbying in Australia: http://www.ashaust.org.au/lv4/WhoAreTheTI.htm
Mystery of Salisbury MP, John Glen’s involvement in ‘smear’ campaign against Labour MP for Sedgefield: http://www.reasonandreality.org/?p=2080
Cigarette packaging: the corporate smokescreen: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/15/cigarette-packaging-corporate-smokescreen-liberty?CMP=twt_gu
UPDATE 3rd Oct 2014:
In the words of one cabinet minister (in a text message to Tim Montgomerie) “Lynton Crosby has replaced David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party” So that means we have yet another unelected Australian running our country.