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Re-launch or re-hash?

May 8, 2012

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You’d have thought that political spinners would learn? Gordon Brown did them almost quarterly, Ed Miliband has done a fair few, the Big Society has tried at least six. Billed as re-launches, but in effect just re-hashes of the same content. And today we see the coalition proudly jumping on the re-launch bandwagon. That’s not […]

#wheresthegovernment shows Twitter’s still got it

August 5, 2011

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What started out as a partisan front page in the Mirror, asking why the government had all gone away at the same time, ended in a desperate attempt by the government to wrest control of a PR crisis. And it’s all thanks to Twitter. The morning paper reviews were done, paying little attention to the […]

National Minimum Comms

November 10, 2010

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A tweet alerted me to an interesting discussion about government communications in the HR sector. While the National Minimum Wage (NMW) has been around for years, recent changes and continuing problems with enforcement means that communications both to employees and employers has been a role the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has fulfilled. You […]

More from the doom-monger in chief…

September 22, 2010

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After another PR Week appearance, I’m getting a bit worried that there is only negative news coming from the public sector public relations fraternity… That’s probably because despite some briefs still coming out, the news isn’t that great. In fact, my initial response to the report which showed that 47% of PR agencies with public […]

Nice shows we still need government PR… if not the fat cats

September 22, 2010

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I was interested to see the anger on Panorama and in the media on the salaries of the government comms fat cats.  PR Week covered the story and I obviously had my say there. But Paul Cardin‘s response made me think, he said: No sympathy whatsoever from this quarter. Don’t fight it and risk exposing yourselves. Just […]

A chance for the obesity makers to repent

December 10, 2009

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The UK’s biggest advertising spender, the Central Office of Information, has started a process to find the biggest brains in behavioural change to join a new panel of experts who will advise the Government on how to get people to act differently. Rather than taking us on a further step towards an Orwellian distopia, this […]

Online safety should be as important as road safety

November 6, 2009

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I quite enjoy it when I’m asked to comment on campaigns I’m not working on – especially when they’re at brief stage, you can say what you think another agency should be doing. But PR Week asked me to comment on one I wouldn’t mind being part of – apparently there is a brief for […]