Monday 24 April 2017

For better or worse, the mysterious craft of the political lobbyist is here to stay

Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery
Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

"Those who do not use local guides cannot take advantage of the ground." – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Whilst I have never been a lobbyist, I can now confess that as a former government press secretary and government advisor I have indeed been "lobbied". The initial experience was so subtle that had I not been in possession of my full faculties I may have missed the episode entirely.

And so, as one of the chosen few from the corridors of power to have been shined upon in this way by a lobbyist, I feel morally obliged to enlighten you poor unfortunates who remain mystified by the dark and mysterious underworld of the loquacious lobbyist.

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