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Charities: unleash your press officers

April 30, 2015


Unleashed dog

The Lobbying Act has had a dampening impact on what charities have been able to campaign on during the election. It has succeeded in muzzling the sector from campaigning on anything which could be seen to influence how the electorate vote. Despite reassurance from industry bodies like the PRCA that campaigners should continue with business […]

How to respond to UKIP-voting neighbours

April 14, 2015


Don't vote for UKIP

One of my friends was pretty disgusted that her neighbours had put up a “Vote UKIP” poster. So her and the kids created their own brilliant response to display in their windows. Which got me thinking that other people might want to do the same. Maybe even in the UKIP colours – so here’s a […]

How much did Boots spend attacking Labour?

February 3, 2015


Estimated GBP spent by Boots attacking Labour by job type. For full infographic visit

The Lobbying Act is in full force and charities are apparently scaling back political comment in fear of being reprimanded by the Electoral Commission for being a non-party campaigner. But corporates are not so shy. Take Boots’ attack on Ed Miliband and the resulting argument with the Labour party. With the Lobbying Act limiting spending on regulated PR […]

Another threat to charities’ freedom of speech

January 11, 2015


Threat to charities freedom of speech

Want to sneak out a threat to freedom of speech in the UK? Worried about the backlash from charities and campaigners? Not to fear, Friday December 19th (or “fall-over Friday”) was a perfect time to bury some bad news. Or at least, this is presumably what was being discussed at the Charity Commission when deciding how to deal with […]

Top blog posts of 2014

December 31, 2014


Section 28 Scottish media coverage

It’s time for the fourth installment of my top 10 most read blog posts of the year… (Here are the reviews of 2013, 2012 and 2011). So, in reverse order here are 2014’s top hits… 10) A sponsored programme to promote more alcohol consumption? Worst PR idea ever. 9) Where UKIP are concerned, the line between […]

Is this the worst PR idea ever?

October 19, 2014


Great British Drink Off

According to marketing industry mag, The Drum, drinks giant Diageo is “mulling” the idea of an alcoholic version of The Great British Bake Off in a bid to halt declining sales. Regardless of the fact that declining alcohol sales in the UK should be a good thing – and a sign that the work of the […]


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