The British have always been Great lord of the ‘lobby’, The art of extinguishing ‘influence’, a term that is much better than ‘pressure’. Everything in life, after all, is contact. Former Prime Minister David Cameron knows this. And he has always been the best. It originally comes from an aristocratic family. King William IV, Which makes him a far-off cousin of the current sovereign Elizabeth II. Just one piece of information: when he gave his first interview for the Conservative Party, political formation Got a call from Buckingham Palace —Which has never been recognized — assures that it was “indeed a promising youth”.
In any case, in February 2010, already the leader of the party and a few weeks after the general elections that would take him to Downing Street, Cameron Warned that lobbying would be Britain’s “next big scam”. Which he probably didn’t think he would be the one who would later act in it. Not the material to be remembered as the man called the Brexit referendum, the former ‘Tory’ leader is at the center of the great controversy that has affected all of Westminster.
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The current executive has requested an inquiry into the role played by the former prime minister as advisor Greensil capital • The financial firm he advised after he stepped down and who has now gone bankrupt – after sending text messages and emails to the current head of the economy, Rishi Sunak, And two other members of the cabinet so that the company has access to certain loans.
But the matter did not stop here. The great scam has opened Pandora’s box, To bring to light the controversial revolving door system which itself exists in the highest echelons of the ‘civil service’. The civil service body that advises executives is considered neutral. But whoever was one of its most responsible, Bill crow, He was Part time for the Greensil Capital while in Whitehall, where all the ministries are located.
To put this in context: Crowers spent three years as a civil service business manager, overseeing nearly £ 40 billion of taxpayer money – a position for which he earned £ 149,000 a year; At the same time, he advised the firm that, for years, The city was a darling star. In November 2015, he formally left the civil service to become director of Greensill.
Celia Mazza. London
When asked for clarification, Crohrs states that Something that is the order of the day Because senior executives can work as advisors to private companies under an agreement authorized by the Cabinet Office. Unheard. The big question is, how do the roots and boycotts of British politics actually work? How far is the ‘lobbying’ scam Cameron himself warned?
The current ‘Premier’, Boris Johnson – Cameron’s rival Eaton and since his years at Oxford – has refused to take back his old colleague, claiming that an independent investigation to get to the bottom of the case “Carte Blanche “. After leaving Downing Street, Cameron was not particularly kind to Johnson by publishing his memoirs and now the current tenant of No. 10 Looks like he wants to get his revenge. To be chaired by the commission Nigel Boardman, A legal expert who was a partner of the international law firm Sloter & May for years and is currently a non-executive director of the Ministry of Commerce, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Of course, Johnson has rejected the Labor protest initiative to create a parliamentary committee to investigate cases of lobbying and potential influence between officials and executive members because they believe “it contributes nothing good Will give. ”
When he became Prime Minister, Cameron promised to lead “Revolution of transparency”, Also in 2013, that open government was “absolutely critical to the potential success of a nation in the 21st century.” Now he has broken his silence to admit that he had learned “important lessons” and to explain it Should use “more formal channels” Instead of phone messages to ensure that “there is no room for misinterpretation.” However, he clarified that at no point has he “violated the code of conduct or government regulations.”
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And this is the key to everything. If the current system allows these types of tasks, it is because things do not work the way they should. Despite being a former world leader with a contact list, many would have died, Cameron – who resigned in 2016 after Breguit’s victory – Did not inform his later work at Greensil None of the major Westminster watchmen.
Rules established by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointment (ACOBA), which oversees new jobs of former ministers and senior officials Cover only two years immediately after leaving the government. Cameron’s new job at Greensill began in 2018. Although the head of the finance company, Lex Greensell was previously a consultant – without pay – in Cameron’s cabinet.
Former labor prime minister Gordon brown (Cameron’s predecessor) has called for extending the supervisory period of the ACOB to five years and has also called for tougher rules for lobby groups. “The spectacle of retired rulers Using their reputation and influence in favor of private companies And getting personal income only sinks politics ”, he emphasized.
Celia Mazza. London
The registration office for lobby groups – created by Cameron himself in 2014 – to ensure “transparency”. Nor does it provide any data on ‘prior activities’Chief ‘. While Westminster’s external advisor ‘lobby’ has to disclose its activity with the regulator, if they do not wish to pay the fine, Cameron was not required to give details of his influential work because Was a direct employee of Greensil. This is one of the major flaws that groups advocating for the system’s transparency have been warning for a long time.
Steve Goodrich of Transparency International UK stressed ‘Politico’, saying Westminster is “one of the few advanced Western democracies” There is no complete record of these activities, One that covers everyone from consultants to those working internally, with clear information about who is influencing who and what. ”
While the United States and Canada have very strict rules on this, everything style in the United Kingdom is based on general descriptions of “business discussion conversations” or “introductory meetings”.
Celia Mazza. London
The controversy not only shakes up the former prime minister. Another big question that now arises is the current practices of ‘civil service’. The controversial performance of Bill Crosher, one of the top officials It can only be the tip of the iceberg.
Crobers has revealed to ACOBA that he took a part-time role as an advisor to the board of finance company Greensell Capital in September 2015 while working in public administration. Explain that the appointment was agreed upon “Policy of internal conflict of interest” From the Cabinet Office and at that time supported by the agency’s own leaders. Therefore, he was not required to report on his new role.
ACOBA has also opened its special investigation requesting clarification from the Cabinet Office and seeking a complete list with details. Civil servants who have or have other part-time employment in the private sector.