Well, it's a cartel, because the authorities in Parliament won't give you access to the parliamentary estate unless you're on the lobby list, so I have to go in to Parliament as a visitor rather than show a security pass. It makes it difficult for me to get access to the main players if I'm not part of the lobby, but I don't want to be in the lobby because I don't think it's a very healthy system.
This is not just me saying this as an outsider. A former chairman of the lobby has said it's antiquated. It was set up in the 1870s. It isn't healthy to have politicians talking to journalists in private on terms that aren't open and transparent to the public.