They can even encourage 'super-users' to become semi-official spokespeople, talking on their behalf. There are lots of things they can do. They just need to invest the time and energy in doing it.
With attitudes like these permeating even those parties that are meant to be the friends of enterprise, the Conservatives in the UK and the Republicans in America, is it any surprise that business is spending more on lobbying?
Let's forget about the 'life stories' of our potential leaders, and let's not criticise (or laud) them for the jobs they did before entering politics. Let's instead judge them on more basic criteria: are they capable, are they trustworthy, what do they believe in? What do they stand for? And can they actually lead effectively?
The five things you need to know on Monday 7 October 2013... 1) IS THE RESHUFFLE KICKING OFF? From the Times: "Two Conservative
On Thursday the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, led by Graham Allen MP, published its report on the Bill. It castigated all Parts of the legislation, and said rightly that it should be withdrawn and redrawn. In other words, back to the drawing board...
In recent weeks many have set out clearly and convincingly why the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, which is receiving its second reading today, is nothing short of a direct threat to the voice of civil society, freedom of speech, and the fundamentals of democracy.
The Electoral Commission, Britain's elections watchdog, has concluded that government plans to curb political campaigning
Yesterday, the Government announced the fruits of three years of hard labour - its Transparency of Lobbying Bill. To say that it was received with rapturous applause would be a downright lie. It was received instead with a significant degree of disappointment from a surprisingly wide range of people and organisations. For those to whom lobbying is not an obsession (i.e. almost everybody), let me summarise the myths and the reality.
David Cameron and George Osborne have counted on Mr Crosby for some time. They know the 2015 Election is too close to call and the Conservative Party, showing many signs of "Coalition fatigue", is in danger of fracturing into different interest groups.
Transparency is the key, as is a strong system to support the principles for how MPs and officials deal with the outside world. Mercer's wrongdoing has also focused attention on All Party Groups. There is nothing wrong with having an All Party Parliamentary Group for Fiji, and it goes without saying that no MP should take money for setting one up.