Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Robbing Peter to Pay for Paul’s PR is Wrong

Taxpayers coughed up nearly £4.9 million last year hiring political consultancies according to figures provided by the Taxpayers’ Alliance. This is a small part of the total of more than £38 million of taxpayers’ money spent on lobbying, communications and funding for think-tanks and public sector trade associations.

Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Nick Hurd said earlier: 'The hiring of lobbyists by government bodies to grab more cash is a financial scandal. No wonder the bureaucratic state has ballooned under Labour, given lobbyists are routinely in the pay of the Government ... Conservatives will put new rules in place to stop this outrageous waste of money.'

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