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Communications and campaigning has to be different in 2015

Communications and campaigning has to be different in 2015

In the UK general election fever is already dominating the news more than four months before the actual election giving the electorate (note I don’t say voters) more than long enough to get turned off and disillusioned. Yesterday’s Guardian had an article on the Conservative Party’s latest campaign debacle when it emerged its first election campaign poster […]

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New Year's Honours 2015

New Year’s Honours 2015

As 2014 draws to a close it’s time for my alternative New Year’s Honours to say thank you to some of the people who’ve helped me, inspired me or contributed massively to the things I care about most. This list could easily go on and on, as I know so many talented and inspiring people, so […]

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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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New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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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