The Greensill scandal has once again exposed cronyism right at the heart of Government. The more we learn, the more shocking the revelations become.
The former Prime Minister David Cameron used cosy back channels to lobby Rishi Sunak for taxpayer-funded grants for Greensill, a company in which he held lucrative shares. A top civil servant, responsible for all Government procurement, took a job as an advisor for Greensill whilst unbelievably continuing to work in Government. The Chair of the Government lobbying watchdog, responsible for regulating this mess, failed to declare that he himself is the president of lobby group The Enterprise Forum, which boasts of connections to Government.
Whilst this particular scandal has laid bare the special access and perks enjoyed by those who have friends in high places, it doesn’t come as a surprise. For many in Government, the Greensill scandal is just business as usual.
In the face of such blatant disregard of basic fairness and respect for our democracy, it would be easy to become despondent. Instead, with the support of thousands of you, we are pushing back:
Going up against the significant resources of the state is not easy. But the alternative, of allowing those in power to continue to benefit from rampant cronyism, is simply not an option.
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