Monthly Archives: November 2011

MORE HEAT THAN LIGHT

People with long-awaited hospital appointments tomorrow risk being disappointed.  Museum and library doors will remain firmly shut.  Bus and train engines in Northern Ireland, where public transport hasn’t yet been privatised, will stay cold while those that choose to drive…

INVESTIGATED JOURNALISM

For many years, conventional wisdom held than only a fool would pick a fight with someone who bought ink by the barrel. Like the underworld gangster with a reputation for violence, the threat of enthusiastic press attention was enough to…

THE GRIP OF GLOBAL DETOX

The world has misplaced its confidence.  There’s a heady mix of of fear and guilt in the air.  The financial markets, unsure which way to turn, have gone safe and south.  A new generation of political leadership is pointing fingers…

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The birth of the internet improved much about life in the average communications department.  ‘Gum tongue’, an affliction caused by licking too many press release envelopes sealed, became a thing of the past. Out too went the hours crouched over…

AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS

I had lunch recently with an old friend from overseas. She is director of communications at a company that has been in the corporate wars of late. She’d been learning, she explained, through practice and repetition, the art of managing…

A GREEK TRAGEDY

Act I.  OUT OF CONTROL After joining the eurozone, Greece believes it has become rich and goes on a ten year spending spree. Understandable. New currencies can be confusing.  Ten years on and it finds out it’s not as rich…

A VERY CIVIL DISTURBANCE

The middle class is revolting.  They’re polite, civilised, peaceful and hygienic, but revolting. They’re mixing it with bankers on the sidewalks of Wall Street and with tourists on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. But their global message…