The importance of consent in PR

The important lesson to be learnt from Brewdog’s latest PR fiasco Scottish craft brewer Brewdog is no stranger to controversy, with a history of arguably ill-advised PR and marketing stunts. However, the brand looked set to leave the shock tactics in the past with an announcement in September signalling a move to more ‘responsible’ marketing. […]

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#Tory Public Relations Strategy and the Concept of Nuance

Is “Time for Change” really a good public relations message for the Conservatives? For me, it begs the question ‘a change to what?’ When Tony Blair brought Labour to power he did so by creating New Labour and claiming the middle ground. Now David Cameron is trying to do the same and win over moderates […]

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Well Done Google Over Censorship and Hacking

Google: “We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all.” The full blog post from Google is […]

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Football fans need a PR agency

The Football Association needs a PR campaign to show that hooliganism is no longer a big problem in England. The reason for my post is that this story of the Italian FA telling Capello that “Hooligan is an English word” annoyed me today. England has an issue with its reputation abroad, one that is no […]

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Question Time Censorship

My view is that we should let Mad Nick*, the far right nutter, appear on BBC’s Question Time. I might prove to be ill-informed, but I think censorship is pointless, even if Mad Nick’s views are abhorrent and disgusting. Let Mad Nick on Question Time and show himself up as the nutter he is. Hopefully […]

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A-Levels are getting easier – a rant

A-Levels are getting easier.  Standards are slipping.  The education system is in crisis.   People seem to forget that the rise in grades over the last fifteen years seems to correlate with the creation of a truly formidable study aid.  The Internet.   ‘When I was a lad’, revision happened in things called ‘libraries’.  I […]

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When Paxman meets John Stewart I shall be a happy man

Paxman hails from Yorkshire, but at Cambridge was crafted, refined and tightened into the cynical, semi-macabre, and adorably arrogant human being we all know and love. Unquestionably, Jeremy (or Jezzer as he lets me call him) is a thoroughbred journalist, who can take apart politicians at will. John Stewart, a Jewish New Yorker, was honed […]

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