I asked how the House of Commons lobby system worked years ago in the Spectator. The piece isn’t online any more so I offer the question again:
I could find out, but only by asking one of those proper political journalists – the ones who use the word “lobby” in myriad, self-satisfied ways, as though it were a weapon. “You can’t go into the lobby because you’re not in the lobby,” they’ll say, smugly, before telling you that they spend half their life in the lobby with the lobby, but not lobbying, because only lobbyists lobby. God knows what it means. I suppose they’re usually pissed.