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New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

My ten New Year’s resolutions for 2014 are: Be a better husband, father, brother and son. Spend more real life time with friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Not to let the b*****ds grind me down and remember it’s better to be nice and generous than be selfish and make enemies. Continue to campaign and work for […]

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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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Norwegian PM’s taxi video was a fake

Last weekend the political chattering classes, PR community and mainstream media got very excited about a brilliant campaign initiative by Norwegian Labour Party prime minister Jens Stoltenberg. It was a simple, but effective idea. Put him in a taxi driving around Oslo listening to what normal voters had to say and film it with a […]

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Jim Messina–should Labour be worried?

Some Labour tweeters and bloggers appear to have gone into meltdown over the news that the Conservatives have hired Obama campaign strategist Jim Messina. Why? Should Labour be worried that the Tories have hired Jim Messina? I don’t think so. I’m not convinced its a game changer, or even that is that significant. OK, we’re […]

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Why the world of PR is changing by Alastair Campbell

When I did the PRConversations PRoust Questionnaire I cited Alastair Campbell as my PR hero. A choice that was criticised by some who simply see him as the master of the dark arts of spin and old command and control communications. I said that Alastair is much maligned and misunderstood, not only for what he […]

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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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Lies, damned lies trade unions and lobbyists

Yesterday I tweeted that legislation made in haste, is rarely good legislation. It was only after that I discovered that indeed it appears the government is careering headlong down a path of disastrous legislation to regulate lobbyists. Unfortunately much of the media coverage and comments from ‘experts’ are simply spinning their own agenda or arguing […]

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Celebrate Europe Day today

Today is Europe Day. The anniversary of the 1950 ‘Schuman Declaration’ that started the process that created what is now the European Union. The declaration was made by the then French foreign minister Robert Schuman in the aftermath of World War 2. This year it is more important than ever for patriotic Britons to celebrate […]

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White House signs-up to six second Vine videos

Since the launch a lot of the initial hype about Twitter’s six second Vine videos has thankfully died down. The latest to use Vine is the White House which has used it for the first time to promote the annual White House Science Fair. I was a sceptic at launch and remain so, but am […]

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PR, Wikipedia and BP–a sorry tale

I spent yesterday at the European Parliament in Brussels running a training session for MEPs and their staff about Wikipedia and best practice. Most of what I said was based on the CIPR’s Wikipedia Best Practice guidelines that we produced last year in co-operation with Wikimedia and I had a small hand in helping to create. […]

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