Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Andrew MacKay boasts of 'unique position' to lobby David Cameron

Earlier this week David Cameron promised a two-year lobbying ban on former ministers to limit their ability to influence government policy.

He warned that the £2bn lobbying industry was the 'next big scandal' waiting to happen.

Cranmer wonders if such limitations might not also apply to special advisers, or even to 'senior parliamentary advisers', because it is manifestly the case that it is not only former ministers who can boast about their ability to exert influence in the highest echelons of government.

It transpires that David Cameron's former Senior Parliamentary Adviser, the duplicitous, deceitful and disgraced Andrew MacKay MP has become a 'strategic adviser' to lobbyists Burson-Marsteller, permitting them to boast that they are 'uniquely placed to advise clients' after the General Election.

It is a bit rich (excuse the pun) of Andrew MacKay to attempt to cash in on his disgrace and downfall by boasting that he is 'uniquely placed' to lobby David Cameron on behalf of wealthy clients who pay Burson-Marsteller a hefty fee, of which Mr MacKay will doubtless take a very generous cut.

Apparently, the chief executive of Burson-Marsteller is Matt Carter, who was Labour’s general secretary during the cash-for-honours affair.

So, an expenses-scandal MP caught fleecing the taxpayer of a whopping £282,731 has teamed up with a cash-for-honours party apparatchik. According to The Times, Mr MacKay has negotiated a six-figure salary and 'been told to keep close to the Cameron team'. According to The Daily Mail, 'He has been hired to get access to the upper reaches of the Tory Party. He has no other purpose.'

Burson-Marsteller said it has announced the appointment now 'in the interests of transparency and so there can be perceived to be no conflict of interest in his current role as an MP'.

Well, Cranmer's got news for you.

This veneer of 'transparency' is a ruse for Andrew MacKay to continue doing what he has always done best: lying, deceiving and secretly 'putting a bit of stick about' to eradicate whatever gets in his way and whomever he considers to be vermin. There is a manifest conflict of interests, and the possibility of his lobbying David Cameron for anything can only tarnish the Conservative brand with sleaze and corrupt a Conservative government with the stench of MacKay's vanity and arrogance.

Would Mr Cameron give an immediate assurance that Burson-Marsteller will not be granted preferential treatment, privileged access or the ability to influence anyone member of the next Conservative government about anything?


Blogger Anabaptist said...

Would Mr Cameron give an immediate assurance that Burson-Marsteller will not be granted preferential treatment, privileged access or the ability to influence anyone member of the next Condervative government about anything?

Perhaps he could give a cast-iron guarantee?

10 February 2010 at 19:04  
Blogger John.D said...

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10 February 2010 at 19:36  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Your grace reminds me how power can work , somewhat sharply , as I had been giving what Rowan Williams had said ,considerable thought.

Are the lobbiests a necessary evil ?? or just somthing that has seeped quietly/comfortably into our parliament.

I remember Tony Blairs pledge to be clean and transparrent , only to end up with the same huge lobbiest model that has so corrupted the EU parliament.

At this moment it appears we do not know how to hold an eel or how to serve one up with the complimentary garnish.

10 February 2010 at 20:08  
Anonymous Lord Lavendon said...

Anabaptist, I am sure you are aware of the individuals within UKIP who have also been caught found wanting. Perhaps you would like to make a snide remark now?

10 February 2010 at 20:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yoy have spelt conservative wrong. (HEh heh - mind games).

10 February 2010 at 21:22  
Blogger Weygand said...

"wrongly" moron!

10 February 2010 at 22:22  
Anonymous IanCad said...

Anyone else notice that MaKay looks like Peter Mandelson? Maybe we should judge by appearances.

10 February 2010 at 22:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You have spelt conservative wrongly......moron!

10 February 2010 at 22:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last paragraph

"anyone member" (Moron)

10 February 2010 at 22:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Would Mr Cameron give an immediate assurance that Burson-Marsteller will not be granted preferential treatment, privileged access or the ability to influence any one member of the next Conservative government about anything?"

Would a piece of string be longer if it wasn't shorter?

More to the point, will he? How about..."my arse he will".

10 February 2010 at 22:56  
Blogger Ingenieur said...

When oh when will the taxman launch an in-depth investigation into the financial affairs of every last one of this slimy bunch?

10 February 2010 at 23:25  
Anonymous Happyness Stan said...

He warned that the £2bn lobbying industry was the 'next big scandal' waiting to happen.

This cash is largely going anyway.

Going the same way, and to the same place the power has now gone, which is somewhere in Belgium, or France.

As I predicted, the PM's expenses scam has come and almost gone, while the MEPS expenses scam has been sidelined or completely ignored.

I would be a fine thing if the power of corporate cash did not have such a disproportionate influence over our lives in general. For this to happen now, the power of corporate cash must also be removed from where the power now is. Which is clearly, and it seems permanently mainly with a group of establishment selected, and insidiously corrupted puppets, namely The European Commission, and Council of Ministers.

A sort of cleaning up the stable after the horse has died of deliberate neglect. Pointless, but it does look better, should the RSPCA care to un-expectantly turn up.

10 February 2010 at 23:37  
Anonymous Happyness Stan said...

When oh when will the taxman launch an in-depth investigation into the financial affairs of every last one of this slimy bunch?

WHY INDEED, as it would seem to be the most logical thing to do.

However. I will not insult your intelligence by giving you an obvious answer to a question I am sure in your heart of hearts you already know the answer to.

OK, I will, just for a potential laugh.

The answer is clearly NEVER in a million years.

Oh BTW I do hope you got your own personal tax returns in on time. You would not want that nice tax man to give you a nasty fine, now would you?

10 February 2010 at 23:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can remember being chased around a Birmingham building site by this guy, back around 1976, as he tried to sell me a horrid jerry built house (he was an estate agent back then - working out of a porta-cabin).

He made my skin creep then - and now.

Quite what his wife sees in him I can only guess.

11 February 2010 at 07:08  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Verification - hater. Verily the verification fairies are on form today...

11 February 2010 at 08:49  
Blogger Sinful Soul said...

Your Grace,

MP Andrew Mackay and his wife Julie Kirkbride top the list as paliaments most expensive pairing.

Mr Mackay claimed a total of £23,083 in 2007/08, while his wife received £22,575 in Additional Cost Allowances, which are meant to cover the costs of MPs staying away from home to carry out their Parliamentary duties.

The couple have homes in both their constituencies, as well as sharing a London flat in Pimlico estimated to be worth around £2million.

The Mackay-Kirkbrides - who both voted for MPs to be allowed to keep their second-home allowance last year - have claimed a total of around £285,000 since figures began in 2001/02.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 6:10

Sola Tempura.

11 February 2010 at 09:50  
Blogger OldSlaughter said...

He was always a fine constituency MP in my opinion.

Courteous and rigorous in responses to enquiries and happy to raise an issue in the House on your behalf.

That is the only forum through which I had had any understanding of Mr. Mackay. I am therefore somewhat surprised to see his unravelling at a national level.

I am not overwhelmed with sympathy however.

On this lobbying point, it is fine for him to take the money, it is only when he is granted access and influence will it become a cause of disdain.

11 February 2010 at 10:41  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Two anonymice (or is it one; who can tell?) chide me about my alleged misspelling of Conservative.

Actually, if they were a little more observant, they might have noticed that all I had done was to copy and paste the paragraph from Cranny's original. I see that Cranny has already corrected his spelling. By the way, Cranny's 'anyone instead of 'any one' is still there for you all to see.

I had thought that my italicising of the words would have been sufficient indication of that, but clearly some people, who shelter behind namelessness, need more than hints.

Maybe I should have put [sic] after the relevant words, but then the anonymice would have rebuked me for misspelling sick.

Incidentally, I don't look for perfection in others, being so far short of it myself, but simply made reference, Lordy Lavvy, to that well-known piece of verbal betrayal committed by the Leader of the Opposition -- not just some functionary of a minor party, note, but Cameron himself. I don't see how that is a snide remark.

11 February 2010 at 10:42  
Anonymous Lord Lavendon said...

Anabaptist, this is because I take issue with your pedantic response to me in a previous post, which I considered to be snide. Therefore I expected you to come back at me on this post with an equally contrived point- I did not say that your comment was snide, but anticipating a snide point back from you. Also as requested before can you please simply call me Lord Lavendon? I dislike being called Lordy Lavvy, especially coming from you, given the various times I have posted to support some of your views. At least show some respect back in return. Or do I have to start calling you silly names as if we were in a school ground?

11 February 2010 at 12:02  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Is Lord Lavendon your real name, then? Or is it a pseudonym, like Cranny's?

And what you call my pedantry was, in my original post, characterised as such by me, if you would care to read it.

It was, as I intimated earlier, light-hearted and nothing more.

I apologise if I have caused unnecessary offence; such was not my intention. I have no wish to sour relations with any -- friend or enemy; and I recognise you as the former.

11 February 2010 at 13:11  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Anabaptist, it might help you to know that the person who has been posting in my name has simply supplied a link to my website. Whereas you might be interested in noting that I use a google account, as you do. Therefore you have been conversing with some one else, clearly looking for a fight. And besmirching my good name whilst they have been at it.

Best Lord Lavendon/Lordy Lavvy

11 February 2010 at 14:18  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

That's interesting, helpful and rather depressing, LL. I reckon the only way to know that a message claiming to be from you is bona fide is to see the suave and elegant picture on its right-hand side. Is that a reasonable test, do you think?

It's a relief to know that I haven't been upsetting the real LL.

Alert to all readers: There is a fake Lord Lavendon on the loose, trying to spread alarm and despondency! You can recognise the real one by his top-hatted picture. Disregard the fraud.

11 February 2010 at 14:39  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Yes my dear Anabaptist, people will know if it is me by the picture of me on the right hand side. The imposter simply posted as Lord Lavendon and put the ULR of my site, thus creating the link.

I dread to think what will happen next- 2 D.Singhs perhaps?

11 February 2010 at 15:30  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Anabaptist, Lord Lavendon,

Alas, it is impossible to guard against imposters and mischief-makers.

His Grace was most distraught that another 'Archbishop Cranmer' was posting upon the ConservativeHome website some months ago (and has probably done so elsewhere). How dare they assume the guise of His Grace!

His Grace would rather have two D. Singhs than five more years of Labour. Mr D. Singh may not be a Sikh, but he appears to have an awful lot of time on his hands, which is probably peculiar to Oxford, or perhaps just the Physics faculty.

11 February 2010 at 15:38  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Your Grace, Mr Anabaptist, oh I am in quite a good mood, thanks to Angela Merkel attempting to do a Thatcher and vetoing any chance of a rescue of the Greek public finances.

Next in line will be Portugal, then Spain. Perhaps even France. Then we shall see the collapse of the Euro, followed by the disintegration of the EU itself. Today Germany has rescued the people of Europe from a great tyranny. This is not the end by the beginning of the end.

As for this charlatan Lavendon, we shall be able to deal with this interloper at leisure.

11 February 2010 at 22:23  
Anonymous Theresa said...


In America, the government has its own properties for senators. It doesn't give them the freedom to go out and buy a house themselves; if they do, they pay for it themselves. I think we should adopt the same system; it would cut out all this carry-on with flipping properties.

Am sorry to hear you have an imposter, Lord Lavendon; but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I hope you give the cad a good horsewhipping..

12 February 2010 at 13:59  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Theresa, horsewhipping? I am a gentleman. In this case a simple thrashing with a cane will be adequate.

12 February 2010 at 22:14  
Blogger Right Hon. said...

Smart move by Burson-Marsteller.

As his old fixer and enforcer the oleaginous and unscrupulous Mackay obviously has some dirt on Cameron that will ensure that he has some influence behind the scenes regardless of what Dave says publically about lobbyists.

17 February 2010 at 22:34  

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