Friday, May 26, 2006

Sleaze curbs to prevent firms from 'buying' MPs

Sir Philip MawerThe Times investigation into All-Party parliamentary Interest Groups is having a serious effect:

Parliament’s sleaze watchdog said yesterday that it was determined to limit the activities of lobbyists who are giving financial support to supposedly independent groups of MPs that investigate controversial policies in which they have a commercial interest. The watchdog held an inquiry into the activities of MPs and lobbyists after The Times discovered that representatives of the nuclear, pharmaceutical and drinks industries were funding the activities of politicians and even writing policy reports…

The Committee on Standards and Privileges upheld a complaint against three of the groups: Intellectual Property, Patient Safety and Pharmacy.

How interesting, yet unsurprising, to see that Big Pharma is involved in promoting stronger IP law without fully revealing the details. We need the transparency being proposed so that other groups such as APIG (which works on Internet issues, and has produced several valuable reports on data retention, spam and Digital Rights Management) are not tarred with the same brush.

1 comment:

Watching Them, Watching Us said...

APIG is already tarred with the same brush:

See Guido Fawkes on the links between Derek Wysatt MP, the chairman of APIG, and
Nicholas Lansman managing director of the lobbyists Political Intelligence, who represent the Internet Service providers Association (ISPA).

Spin Cycle : Political Intelligence (Again)

APIG seem to have come up with the overbroad and yet unworkable, amendments to the Computer Misuse Act via the current Police and Justice Bill.

ISPA awarded APIG an annual Internet Hero Award for the Denial of Service attack malarkey amendment.

How they managed to come up with something so dire , even after "two and a half years" of "consultation with the Home Office" beggars belief.

They obviously did not actually consult properly with the public, or with the IT security industry, just with the the narrow vested interests of large ISPs and Telcos, and with the technologically inept Home Office.

See Liberty Central influences the "computer hacking tools" amendment in the the Police and Justice Bill