A flood of spin washes away the chairman
Spin, as we all now understand the term in a PR sense, died quite some time ago. Some ‘practitioners’ still like to play with silly tricks, like saving up their bad news for a busy news day in the hope that no-one will notice. But the approach whereby you twist words and ‘bend’ the truth […]
Advertising – apparently the cure to a national crisis!
“What care recruitment crisis? They should have advertised the posts, then there would be no crisis.” Editor of a free local newspaper
Just a thought on election honesty…
As we watched many stalwarts of British politics and their parties decimated today in a Conservative and SNP pincer movement, a wave of farewell speeches ensued.
Watch the social explosion as royal baby Charlotte is named
Twitter has published a map of how the world reacted when the name of the new royal baby, Princess Charlotte, was revealed yesterday. It’s fascinating in more ways than one.
Brand might be important – but not THAT one
You have to wonder about the prism through which Labour leader Ed Miliband’s advisors view the world. Putting him into an interview with off-beat comedian and actor, Russell Brand, appears to be wrong on so many levels.
Caroline Lucas radio interview goes horribly awry
It’s the nightmare scenario for everyone who might find themselves in front of a live mic. The fear that you’ll get caught out, go blank, just generally do that rabbit in the headlights thing. It happens and when it does it’s excruciating for everyone – but we love to listen… Here is one of the […]
So, can we just speak English?
Trends in how people speak seem to come around like flu viruses. I recall very well the ranting of my first chief reporter at a sudden proliferation of the use of ‘sooooo…’ at the end of a sentence. Suddenly, everyone seemed to be doing it (this was about 20 years ago). It was, as she quite […]
‘Political class’ could be the root of the problem
I was struck quite forcibly this morning by Michael Gove repeatedly using that term, “political class”, while commenting on the breaking news of Maria Miller’s resignation on Radio 4’s Today programme. You could call this my Thought for the Day, but it actually made me physically cringe to hear it. It felt like that little […]
Careful what you wish for? That’s about the size of it!
For sooooo long there has been extensive criticism of the fashion industry for its obsession with skinny models but more recently it has seemed like the reality of actual body shapes was starting to get some recognition from both fashion houses and retailers. Photo shoots and catwalk sessions with ‘plus size’ models were lauded (even […]
A floody great mess
So much of life comes down to communication. It’s particularly important in public life, because when you’re spending other people’s money or you are in your job by the grace of those who voted you there, you need to show results. That’s what has gone so horribly wrong for certain parts of the Government in […]