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Brexit – 12 immediate actions for PR, corporate communications and public affairs professionals

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. This has already sent shockwaves through global financial markets which will massively impact businesses and organisations. However, as the dust settles on this bombshell it will become clearer what the direct impact of Brexit will be on businesses and organisations. Public relations, corporate communications, public affairs […]

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Please remain Great Britain

Please vote remain so it continues to be Great Britain. This blog post has been through countless iterations over the last few weeks. I’ve toned down the passion. I’ve stepped up the passion. I’ve added facts. I’ve removed facts. Nothing comes close to expressing what I truly feel. I’m terrified. I’m petrified that the country […]

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David Cameron’s TV debate conundrum – what would you do?

I was asked yesterday how as a PR adviser I would advise UK prime minister David Cameron to get out of the massive hole he is in regarding the TV general election debates. Tony Blair’s former director of communications, Alastair Campbell has a great blog analysing what happened at the start of the debate about the debates […]

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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

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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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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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 website. At the time I questioned if it was right that the UK […]

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