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.
The true intent of the 2014 lobbying bill, and the way David Cameron expressed it
Lobbying in the time of Blair
Civil servants and ministers are not equipped to understand
Ed's report on the civil service got squashed
The problem with reform
"Superficial civil servants and daft academics"
Private meetings and address books
Legitimate lobbying and grey areas
The capability to employ professional lobbyists
Secrecy is a central part of the problem
Broadband as a case in point
Preferential lobbying has emerged as a central theme
...as a common root cause
Post master controversy as a case study
Appearance and reality in democracy
pros and cons of industry experts
Visionary leadership vs. the reality of financial markets
Preferential lobbying is a zero sum game: it's wealth extraction
A capitalist ideal vs. rent seeking
Ethics and pragmatism
Big pharma stamps out Teatree oil
Multiply that hundreds and thousands of times
viable systems method - how these conditions were identified
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