Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Princes

Rob Evans and Tony Levene's report Ultra-rich lobby group with influence at No 10, and the efforts behind it, show the value of the UK Freedom of Information law, however limited it may be.

Reading of super special provision for those who are already rich and powerful, I realise it doesn't get one very far to ask couldn't these top cats be just as happy with marginally less supercalafragalisticexpialidocious reward packages? The size of the rewards, and the inequity involved, is precisely about reinforcing the exercise of power. A more germane place to start a critique, perhaps, is regarding the interaction of profits and war -- British companies wanted to be sure of a share of the spoils in Iraq -- and the reported lobbying to get Blair "not to bring in tougher rules after the scandals involving Enron and other American corporations".

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