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Ill-informed politicians and journalists kicking NHS PR professionals – again

 The Telegraph has an incredibly ill-informed article on ‘NHS ‘spin bill’ soars as crisis grows’. Oh the irony of a journalist falling for a politician’s spin about spin. What galls is that I know that most of these politicians don’t really believe what they say. They are simply attacking investment in PR because it’s brilliant election campaign fodder […]

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Best Practice Guide for MPs Using Twitter for Open Up! - Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy

Best Practice Guide for MPs Using Twitter for Open Up! – Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy

Open Up! is the title and the sentiment of the report from the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy in the UK. The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) was asked to submit a report to the commission, which I was asked to write,  on how national politicians should use Twitter. The full CIPR submission is available […]

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Legogate: A sorry tale of Scottish independence

Legogate: A sorry tale of Scottish independence

Last week the official UK government YouDecide2014 account published an article entitled ‘12 things that £1400 UK Dividend could buy’ on the self-publishing Buzzfeed Community website. The article was also published, by the Scotland Office and HM Treasury, on its own .gov.uk website. At the time I questioned if it was right that the UK […]

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Newspaper Licensing Agency beaten to a pulp by PRCA and Meltwater

Newspaper Licensing Agency beaten to a pulp by PRCA and Meltwater

Today the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled in favour of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and Meltwater in their five-year battle with the UK’s Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA). The CJEU has quite sensibly ruled that browsing and viewing articles online does not require authorisation from the copyright holder. This is a victory […]

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Top 10 reasons it pays to blog for business

Top 10 reasons it pays to blog for business

This blog post sets out some of the main benefits of blogging for business, public relations, public affairs and corporate communications. It doesn’t just apply to business but could equally well apply to not-for-profit organisations, governments, politicians and non-governmental organisations. It’s a follow up to a post I wrote in December about ‘Why blogging still […]

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Batkid - Obama’s master class in how to use Vine

Batkid – Obama’s master class in how to use Vine

The heart-warming story of how thousands of people in San Francisco turned out to help a boy recovering from leukaemia  fulfil his wish to be Batman has made the news headlines all around the world. But just when you thought it couldn’t get any schmaltzy along comes this amazing Vine video from Barack Obama. I’m […]

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World’s best connected leaders on Twitter

World’s best connected leaders on Twitter

International PR consultancy Burson-Marsteller has published some interesting ‘Twiplomacy’ research on the world’s most connected leaders on Twitter. The governments of more than three-quarters of the 193 UN member countries have a presence on Twitter. More interestingly almost half of the 505 accounts analysed are personal accounts belonging to heads of state, heads of government […]

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Is is time to abandon lobbying and target voters directly?

Is is time to abandon lobbying and target voters directly?

Today’s CITYA.M. carries an op-ed by communications consultant James Frayne. He argues that “It’s time for business to abandon lobbying and target voters directly”. The problem I’ve got with his argument is that actually that’s exactly what a lot of effective lobbying already does. When Oxfam was successfully campaigning for the global Arms Trade Treaty […]

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