Why should we care about political lobbying? Isn't business all about making connections? What's the problem? You hear phrases like "systemic" and "endemic" - but what does that actually amount to? Unfortunately it amounts to a vast global problem that creates the illusion of democratic process, but
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Why should we care about political lobbying? Isn't business all about making connections? What's the problem? You hear phrases like "systemic" and "endemic" - but what does that actually amount to? Unfortunately it amounts to a vast global problem that creates the illusion of democratic process, but with out much actual democracy. Instead, all kinds of effects which are clearly and obviously problematic are ignored and suppressed - climate change, wealth inequality and much more. In this special episode we start out with a look at the hypocrisy at the heart of the preferential lobbying machine, and in particular we explore not only how it became visible to Ed during his time working with central government, but also how, as he and Ray Ison applied systems thinking to governance, all roads seemed to lead one way: preferential lobbying is the central problem in our many and various challenges, and it can only be adequately mitigated, and even eliminated, by means of constitutional change.Talking points:The true intent of the 2014 lobbying bill, and the way David Cameron expressed itStrategic lyingLobbying in the time of BlairCivil servants and ministers are not equipped to understandEd's report on the civil service got squashedThe problem with reform"Superficial civil servants and daft academics"Private meetings and address booksLegitimate lobbying and grey areasThe capability to employ professional lobbyistsSecrecy is a central part of the problemBroadband as a case in pointPreferential lobbying has emerged as a central theme...as a common root causePost master controversy as a case studyAppearance and reality in democracypros and cons of industry expertsTransparencyVisionary leadership vs. the reality of financial marketsPreferential lobbying is a zero sum game: it's wealth extractionA capitalist ideal vs. rent seekingEthics and pragmatismFeedbackBig pharma stamps out Teatree oilMultiply that hundreds and thousands of timesviable systems method - how these conditions were identifiedProblem - Analysis - Policy - Approval - Implementation - SolutionBut policy making is fundamentally experimentalThe need to build in redundancies9 conditions necessary for preferential lobbyingChanging the constitution is the necessary condition of stopping preferential lobbyingGood lobbying is about making your case in pubicThe Finance CurseLinks: Polly Toynbee on the 2014 Lobbying act:https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/15/cameron-lobbying-act-business-politicians-2014-charitiesA corporate entertainment story - Biathlon (NY Times - article)https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/28/sports/olympics/biathlon-russia-doping-besseberg.htmlStrategic lying (The Conversation - article)https://theconversation.com/strategic-lies-deliberate-untruths-used-as-a-political-tactic-new-study-159723Chart of the Ascent of Everest (diagram/ infographic)https://historyshots.com/blogs/news/18078975-chart-of-the-ascent-of-everestBook recommendation:The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is Making Us All Poorer - Nicholas Shaxson - VintageThe 9 key conditions that facilitate preferential lobbying:1. Preferential access to decision makers2. Government decisions made in private3. Low subject knowledge of ministers and officials4. Few restrictions on political party funding5. Availability of patronage6. An effective choice of two parties for government7. A politicised judiciary8. No direct or participative democracy9. Weak checks and balances on government decisions, especially the lack of independent feedback See <a href="https://acast