What Cameron’s dinners list doesn’t say


4:30 pm - March 26th 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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Downing Street today published details of the PM’s No 10 dinners, in a sharp u-turn from this morning when Francis Maude desperately tried to defend their opaquness.

Maude called the scandal “a bit of a nonsense” this morning, but was overruled by No. 10 not long after – undermining his authority.

But the list released by the government isn’t the full list, and media organisations should be wary of saying so.

1. The list doesn’t include dinners or meetings that David Cameron has had at Chequers with big donors.

2. It only includes some dinners, but not all meetings with potential and actual dinners.

3. It excludes meetings not defined as ‘dinners’, as Sturdy Alex points out.

We need a full disclosure by this government or else the scandal will run and run.

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1. Disgruntled Gnome

Sunny – you have lost a quote after the href francis-maude-radio-4-cash-for-access so most of a paragraph doesn’t show (in some browsers, anyway).

Has anyone from any private health sector providers been dining at a price to influence health policy?

Steven at 2

Those at the other end of the ‘Atlantic Bridge’ seemed to have a close interest in ‘improving’ Britain’s health and possibly their bottom line.
They haven’t gone away – whatever the ‘Charitable Commission’ might suggest.

4. Laura James

in my opinion there needs to be a police investigation and/or public enquiry into the whole affair. i am particularly suspiscious about how the NHS reform came into being, (whether or not dinner was involved), when most professional bodies and members of the public were against it. This sort of input by the 1% with policies against the interests of the 99% certainly isnt democratic in any way, shape or form.

If ‘business’ people wish to make their views known and have influence on policy then it should be publicly stated so that ordinary people can discuss and make a judgement and express their views.


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