UK lobbyists admit how they influence PM and public opinion

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PostTue Jan 17, 2012 7:01 am » by Crolin


Top lobbying company in Britain admits(on camera) how they can influence public opinion and the Prime Minister, and how it uses the "Dark Arts' to bury bad coverage.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/caught-on-camera-top-lobbyists-boasting-how-they-influence-the-pm-6272760.html

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PostTue Jan 17, 2012 1:26 pm » by Bandanko


dude this is REALLY old...

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PostTue Jan 17, 2012 1:49 pm » by Crolin


bandanko wrote:dude this is REALLY old...

I wouldn't say REALLY old, published one month ago on the 6th of December in the Independent UK newspaper, only read about it today though, still quite a telling little article

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PostTue Jan 17, 2012 2:12 pm » by Noentry


crolin wrote:
bandanko wrote:dude this is REALLY old...

I wouldn't say REALLY old, published one month ago on the 6th of December in the Independent UK newspaper, only read about it today though, still quite a telling little article


The idea that lobbyist are at the heart of government is old, but this post is still interesting.
A secretly recorded meeting with the head of a big lobbyist group saying so is a worthy post.
Good find :flop:


One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion. An undercover investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, published in The Independent today, has taped senior executives at Bell Pottinger:

* Claiming they have used their access to Downing Street to get David Cameron to speak to the Chinese premier on behalf of one of their business clients within 24 hours of asking him to do so;

* Boasting about Bell Pottinger's access to the Foreign Secretary William Hague, to Mr Cameron's chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and to Mr Cameron's old friend and closest No 10 adviser Steve Hilton;

* Suggesting that the company could manipulate Google results to "drown" out negative coverage of human rights violations and child labour;

* Revealing that Bell Pottinger has a team which "sorts" negative Wikipedia coverage of clients;

* Saying it was possible to use MPs known to be critical of investigative programmes to attack their reporting for minor errors.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 72760.html


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PostTue Jan 17, 2012 2:31 pm » by Crolin


noentry wrote:
crolin wrote:
bandanko wrote:dude this is REALLY old...

I wouldn't say REALLY old, published one month ago on the 6th of December in the Independent UK newspaper, only read about it today though, still quite a telling little article


The idea that lobbyist are at the heart of government is old, but this post is still interesting.
A secretly recorded meeting with the head of a big lobbyist group saying so is a worthy post.
Good find :flop:


One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion. An undercover investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, published in The Independent today, has taped senior executives at Bell Pottinger:

* Claiming they have used their access to Downing Street to get David Cameron to speak to the Chinese premier on behalf of one of their business clients within 24 hours of asking him to do so;

* Boasting about Bell Pottinger's access to the Foreign Secretary William Hague, to Mr Cameron's chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and to Mr Cameron's old friend and closest No 10 adviser Steve Hilton;

* Suggesting that the company could manipulate Google results to "drown" out negative coverage of human rights violations and child labour;

* Revealing that Bell Pottinger has a team which "sorts" negative Wikipedia coverage of clients;

* Saying it was possible to use MPs known to be critical of investigative programmes to attack their reporting for minor errors.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 72760.html


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thanks for embedding the youtube video, you would think they would be a bit more careful who they talk to regarding their methods.

If this isn't a wake up call to anyone who thinks the person or party they elect actually runs the country, then I don't know what is. Who are the lobbyists taking their orders or directions from I wonder??? mmmm.. :cheers:



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