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Guardian leader admits journalists must share the blame for spin

Today’s Guardian has a surprisingly thoughtful leader on yesterday’s Conservative Party story about the increase in spending on ‘government spin’. In a balanced leader it starts by saying “There are large dollops of, er, spin in the Conservative claim….” It…

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More proof that the media spin

Today’s Daily Telegraph has a story about the growth in the number and spend on what it calls ‘government spin’. Comment from Philip Young and Ian Green, but my favourite is from Simon Dickson. My take on it is that…

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Defra wiki to develop new environmental contract

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which is already at the forefront of social media with cabinet minister David Miliband’s blog has now started a wiki to help develop an environmental contract. No time to comment further as…

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Miliband’s blog and edemocracy

Simon Dickson has been chatting to the ‘Valiant Official’ who looks after Cabinet minister David Miliband’s blog. It confirms what I’ve already said which is that the blog is very much David’s thing and that he is writing the blog…

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Education Secretary Alan Johnson plugs blogs

Simon Dickson reports that Secretary of State for Education Alan Johnson has made a speech talking about the importance of blogs and social media in UK politics. Inspiring stuff from a man who is touted by some as the future…

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Tory and Lib Dem spin over David Miliband’s blog

Over the weekend some bloggers such as Elle Seymour, Iain Dale and Antony Mayfield have been getting themselves into a tizz over the alleged cost of David Miliband’s ministerial blog. It was all sparked off from a parliamentary question by…

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Eddie Izzard’s European podcast

The 10 Downing Street website asks “Ever wonder what happens when Europe’s political leaders get together?” and seeks to provide the answers with a podcast from comedian Eddie Izzard who tagged along with Tony Blair’s team during their last visit…

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Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has a 1000 page staff handbook

Conservative blogger Iain Dale is all in tizz because Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott doesn’t appear to have read his own ODPM’s (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) staff handbook. In his zeal to put the boot in to the…

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Journalists write easier to read copy than PRs

Media Orchard has a fun little experiment to assess some media, marketing and PR blogs for their readability using the Gunning-Fog test. I thought I’d add a few extra to the pot (one or two duplicates) and see how PRs…

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David Miliband blog survey

I’ve just received an email from the Hansard Society asking me to complete a short survey about Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs David Miliband’s blog. I’ve completed it but found it difficult as some of the…

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