Yesterday I was contacted by an aspiring young lobbyist. It became a rather epic phone conversation.
After the first misunderstanding due to bad phone lines on his behalf, it transpired he represented two organisations with a rather tarnished image: FIFA and Johnson & Johnson, hired by the latter. These two organisations have identified it is in their core business‘ interest to work together in a lobby effort aimed at the European Parliament.
Personally I would have thought they’d be better of doing something that would raise their image, but nope they prefer to belittle the MEP community in Brussels.
He called very kindly to invite us to an event Johnson & Johnson and FIFA was organising at the Parliament in the near future. Only I work for a Pirate Party MEP and worthy and important as health issues are our main concern are issues like preserved civic liberties on-line and reformed copyright. So I asked him how the analyses looked like when they identified us as interesting to this event? Of course, he couldn’t answer, no surprise there.
Then came the best of all – but if the event is of no interest to your MEP maybe he would like to attend the cocktail we are hosting the evening before the event?
In other words: MEP’s are so easy to lure and so eager to be schmooze they will turn up to any event.
Let me say this – you want us supporting your cause, telling us we are a cheap date and easy to buy isn’t the way to get it.