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Op-Ed: This week the Scottish referendum, then in a week's time the Tory party's annual conference takes place in Birmingham. Will the UK PM be addressing his party faithful as head of the United Kingdom or a more fractured union?
Whatever the outcome of the Scottish referendum many will look at a Guardian report claiming that "The Conservatives are charging business executives and lobbyists £2,500 each for access to David Cameron, George Osborne and other ministers at their party conference in Birmingham this year" and shake their heads in despair.
Lobbying scandals, expense scandals and more yet these politicians learn nothing.
Remember these recent Conservative scandals? Tory minister Tim Yeo, another lobbying sting, Patrick Mercer, Tory accused of cash for questions, resigns, UK Tory Party corruption, Peter Cruddas
Well if they need it in plain English the message is this - the electorate does not want or trust any political party that is for sale to the highest bidder; It does not want political representatives who only work for those who can pay a price.
The UK is supposed to be a democratic country.
Government should not be for sale and the fact that it so obviously is will be one more reason voters refuse to take part in the 2015 General Election.
However take part we must.
Those with the money to buy their way in will get the representation in government they have paid for; the rest of us will have to rely on getting who we voted for.
Perhaps what galls the most is that the Conservatives are so very good at labelling Labour as paid for by the Unions.
Well in case you had not realised most unions have very limited power these days thanks to Maggie Thatcher's selective axe.
The Labour party plays along with the Tory game when that party berates it for having any links to Unions.
In all of this presumably Tories hope to manipulate people's minds and draw attention away from the Conservatives who appear to be for sale to the highest bidder.
This year's party conferences will all have the 2015 General Election in mind.
The Tories four-day conference in Birmingham September 28 until October 1 will have tight security. Pundits may claim that the event will be a huge boost to the economy of Birmingham but that could be stripped back when security costs are assessed.
Those chipping in next week for access to Tory leading MPs will of course also help swell Conservative election coffers which in turn will pay for campaigns to manipulate our minds and opinions.
In a country where it seems anything and everything is for sale, such as public services, energy and the NHS, should we surprised that the list includes access to ministers leading the charge into mass privatisation?
Perhaps not but that does not mean we approve.
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