Former British ministers Stephen Byers, Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt were caught on tape boasting that they could secure preferential treatment for financial sponsors by undercover TV programme, Channel Four’s Dispatches.
At the same time, more than 20 politicians in the UK have been accused of breaching parliamentary protocol by accepting free overseas trips to foreign locations, notably Conservative David Amess, who admitted to not declaring two complimentary trips to the Maldives.
However, a number of blogs have appeared stating that it is unrealistic and naïve to think that politicians should not accept cash gifts from private companies, and the British MPs mistake was that they were not transparent of their actions.
What are your thoughts on the relationship between politicians and business? How does it affect the country you live in? Is it ok if declare your relationship with private companies? Is it ever acceptable to accept money from private endorsers if you are serving in public office?