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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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Fatmanslim.com

PR Week has an interesting public sector case study on the Fatmanslim.com website. It was started by Nottingham GP Ian Campbell who devised a “waist-loss” programme for men – waist-loss instead of weight-loss because the risk of coronary heart disease…

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PR must be at the top table

When I spoke at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Rebuilding Hope conference my theme was that PR professionals had an essential role to play in community regeneration and cohesion. However, too often professional communicators are brought in too late…

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Centre for Public Scrutiny blog

I spent this morning with my councillor hat on in the Thriving Communities scrutiny board of Leeds City Council. One of the agenda items was to agree to scrutinise affordable housing policy in Leeds. Coincidentally the same topic cropped up…

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CIPR Rebuilding Hope conference

The CIPR Rebuilding Hope conference will also have an exhibition and all of the speakers have been asked to contribute a couple of paragraphs for display. Philip Young has shared his here so I thought I’d do the same: —————————…

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These people give politicians a bad name

Today’s Yorkshire Post reports that the Department for Transport is investing in evaluating its media coverage. Why is this a story, surely it’s part of every professional PR activity? Well yes of course it is, but it hasn’t stopped two…

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