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Milliband to become first blogging cabinet minister

The Sunday Times is reporting that David Milliband (who was orginally from Leeds) is to become the first blogging cabinet minister. It’s a typical tacky Sunday Times story with more spin than a fairground ride. They lead on the rather…

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Marketing Leeds fiasco gets worse

On my Stuart’s Soapbox blog I’ve just written a rather lengthy post about the shambles that is Marketing Leeds. I won’t repeat it all here but for anyone with an interesting in marketing, ethics or new media it is probably…

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Ex-Labour general secretary Matt Carter resurfaces

Congratulations to Matt Carter, the previous general secretary of the Labour Party who has become the managing director of the new London office of WPP-owned opinion researcher Penn, Schoen and Berland. PR Week quotes Matt as saying that PSB intends…

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Asda Wal-Mart, Tim Allan, Portland PR and the GMB

PR Week’s diary column carried an interesting snippet that I think deserves far greater attention. It reports that Portland PR, the firm set-up by ex-Downing Street aide Tim Allan, has been engaged in some appalling activity. On behalf of its…

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Europe needs access to free map data to compete

Very interesting post by David Tebbutt about a crucial difference between the UK/Europe and the USA. It’s all about how in America you can “freely use zip codes to pick up geographic coordinates from a number of free sources”. David…

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Four things meme

Stephen Davies has tagged me with the four things meme so here goes: Four jobs I’ve had: Organic waste disposal technician (toilet cleaner) Labour Party Regional Officer Politician (elected councillor) PR consultant Four movies I can watch over and over:…

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Wireless networking in the developing world

Richard Allan, the former Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam and now public affairs honcho for Cisco, points to this interesting reference about Wireless Networking in the Developing World.

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UK e-democracy project fails democracy

I’m a massive advocate of e-democracy and have been putting my words into practice ever since being elected as a local councillor in 1999. First of all with a traditional website that included the ability to sign up to an…

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Government Google doesn’t work

The Burning our Money blog has an interesting story about the Parliamentary Information Management System (PIMS). Another example of a government IT system not entirely going to plan. In my experience of the public sector it is usually a case…

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Google GNER and this blog is 4th link

Google currently has my complaint about GNER’s new rip-off fares as its fourth item. Another good example of the potential influence of blogs. It’s already inspired five comments (four here and one on the YorkshireBizTalk blog where it is cross-posted).

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