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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Cash for Access: It's time for radical reform

My new piece for Sputnik International.

The latest ‘Cash for Access Scandal' to hit British politics makes the case for radical reform of the UK's current Parliamentary system an urgent priority.
Two former Foreign Secretaries, the Tory grandee Sir Malcolm Rifkind Q.C. and Labour's Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary at the time of the Iraq war, (WMDs anyone?) were caught on camera boasting about their influence — and what they could do to help a fictitious Chinese company — for the right money, of course.
Rifkind, despite receiving a £67,000 salary from British taxpayers, told the undercover reporters that 'nobody' paid him a salary and that he was 'self-employed'.

You can read the whole article  here. 

1 comment:

R J said...

Good stuff, Mr Clark. I don't know Sputnik News at all, so I hope that you got paid properly for writing this exposé. The passage about Rifkind's free time is particularly instructive.