Lobbying Burke-style; a case of intimidating influence

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Very recently, ABC’s Four Corners TV programme had a comprehensive overview of the Burke’n’Grill/Canal Rocks/MP’s-in-the-pocket affair. Personally, I think lobbying’s a legitimate, useful and neccessary form of public relations representation, be it for corporates or not-for-profit interests. However, the Four Corners portrayal (using secretly tapped phone messages) shows that exhortation, intimidation and barefaced lobbyist threats (“I’m not a f**king good enemy to have!;” BB) shows the seamier side of this strand of stakeholder dialogue strategy.

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