Corporate-political nexus: UK diplomat accused of tobacco lobbying

Kiran Stacey and Rose Jacobs report that a  senior British diplomat has been accused of breaking UK and international health guidelines by lobbying his host government on behalf of a tobacco company, in a sign of the ethical dilemmas thrown up by the foreign office drive to promote British industry abroad:

“The incident highlights potential problems arising from the government’s emphasis on promoting trade as a guiding principle of its foreign policy. David Cameron, prime minister, came under fire last year when he visited Egypt to promote Arab democracy, but took several large arms companies with him, including BAE Systems, Qinetiq and Thales.”

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Posted on March 16, 2012, in Lobbying, Vested interests and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Corporate-political nexus: UK diplomat accused of tobacco lobbying.

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