It didn’t take a political genius to realise that the government would struggle with the publication of its consultation document on a statutory register of lobbyists. They approached the issue with no idea of the complexities they would have to contend with.
What exactly is lobbying? Who counts as a lobbyist? Why should some organisations seeking to influence government be included and others not? From the discussions I have had with those close to the decision, it is clear that the government is no closer to solutions.
The most worrying issue is the cost of all this. The lobbying profession could face a dog’s breakfast costing a meal for two at the Ivy.
I hope the officials in the Cabinet Office have a peaceful Christmas. Because they will have their work cut out in January sorting this out.