Over the last couple of Days our Prime Minister has, rather late in his career set out a very important principle that needs to go much further. When the 6 British Football Clubs sought to change their own opportunities and funding prospects, rather than applaud them, Boris Johnson stated his own views on twitter and then set out to meet with other football agencies including most importantly the fan groups. He listened to them and then promised that if the rules need to be changed to protect the existing football opportunities, that he would do so. So let us look at a couple of very recent examples and I would expect the Government to accept change to both of them very quickly.
Last Wednesday in the House of Commons a debate and a vote on Lobbying took place. The challenge was that the people who have been lobbying are people who work for or are part of the Conservative Party. The dominant Conservative Party however voted to oppose the call from the rest of the MP groups because they have more votes. However the Lobbying impact has not only heavily damaged the nation due to the problems caused by agencies such as Greensill. In addition to that there was a claim that Lex Greensill had been invited to work within the Government early in the Cameron Government because he would assist SME companies. So we now need SMEs to be invited to recommend how the Government can start to listen to them in an effective way. Agencies such as the Federation of Small Businesses need to be given a chance to change how the Government deals with themes such as procurement. In addition the lobbying Bill that Cameron set out needs to be dramatically changed so that damaging lobbying is prevented and the opportunity for Charities to stand up and speak in the year before an election now needs to be allowed. We also need ordinary people disturbed by those few wealthy people who can ring the Ministers on their mobile phones to be able to help end unfairly influenced Government activities.
Last Thursday in the House of Commons a debate and nine votes on amendments for the Domestic Abuse Bill took place and although the Government had kindly accepted 74 of the amendments achieved from within the House of Lords, they rejected the other 12 and although a debate took place over nearly five hours, at the end of that the votes were all dominated by the Conservative Party and apart from two very brave Tories, the rest of them all did what they were told and voted against the 12 amendments. This is a very challenging issue as these amendments are strongly supported by the House of Lords and much more importantly they are strongly supported by agencies outside of the House of Parliament. So we now need the Government to allow the external agencies that deal with Domestic Abuse issues to be listened to and when they have spoken the amendments that they support need to be accepted into the Domestic Abuse Bill.
These two examples then need to be used in other themes so that the Government applies rules and laws that reflect the needs of our nation and indeed wider settings. Clearly in both of these cases the support from small groups is what counts. The powerful football clubs contain much more influence than fans and small clubs. The Government and large companies have much more influence than SME’s and the people who oppose the Greensill action. The Government has far more influence than smaller and Domestic Abuse Charities and the Peers and MPs that want to improve the Bill. We now need to find a way for these different approaches to be adapted.