1 June 2013 – Patrick Mercer ‘offered Commons security pass’
As Patrick Mercer resigns after being cuaght on camera offering a Commons pass to a fake lobbying firm, the problem of lobbying once again rears it’s head. Students often struggle with lobbying; from the outside it seems very much like simply buying influence with politicians. The reality is more nuanced than this, however the lack of regulation in this area means that these scandals keep coming back. The Coalition did promise to look at lobbyin, but have not come up with anything concrete yet. A useful article when looking at Parliament and Pressure Groups.