Ain’t no party like a lobbying party

I understand that in a liberal democracy a wide range of interest groups need to be able to express their views on what shape policy should take, and to influence by convincing politicians of the merits of their position. It is called lobbying.

But what will it take for the UK’s political class to wake up to the damaging effects such lobbying can have when it is poorly regulated and untransparent? If they are not convinced by the usual (and reasonable) argument that it damages democracy as the rich and powerful gain disproportionate and distorting levels of influence; how are they not at least won over by the erosion of public trust argument?

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