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£117,800 to be the PM’s mouthpiece

January 18, 2016

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The PM needs a new (deputy) spokesperson. And the salary is almost five times the UK's average salary

Sympathy: A difficult word

November 23, 2015

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People have rushed to condemn the Sun for today's headline that British Muslims feel sympathy for ISIS. The problem is not the Sun, but how survey respondents interpreted the word "sympathy."

Who are the undecided voters in the general election?

May 5, 2015

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Political polling has taken on an even greater significance in 2015 with the general election being so unpredictable and the media desperate to try and call the final result. And despite this unpredictability, the polls published in the papers always seem to be so confident. Yet, there is always one striking omission from the numbers: […]

Charities: unleash your press officers

April 30, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]