Author Archive for the comms dept

LEGAL, DECENT, HONEST AND TRUE??

A brace of US-based company bosses got high on the same fumes that inflated the dot.com bubble at the turn of the new millennium and mislaid their honesty compasses.  Bernie Ebbers at Worldcom, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling at Enron,…

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Now that the storm clouds have passed, it’s worth mulling over the issues that put Bell Pottinger, the PR and public affairs agency, where it really didn’t want to be: in the newspapers, rather than ensuring it’s clients were well…

THE INVISIBLE HORIZON

I bumped into an old friend today.  He runs what an economist would describe as a small business.  He’s been in business for almost 40 years.  He employs his two sons and a further 20 people, some of them part…

AND THE WINNER IS …

Among the hoards of commuters making their weary way home of an evening in London, you are likely to spot small groups of men in dinner jackets going in what looks like the wrong direction. They’re most likely on their…

CAN ONE PLUS ONE EQUAL THREE?

  New Zealand has the landmass of Great Britain inhabited by a population smaller than Scotland, yet it’s a nation that likes to punch above its weight.  As anyone who has seen the haka performed before the All Blacks play…

KETTLE, YOURS SINCERELY, POT

Nick Clegg, the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, is mad.  He’s so mad in fact that he’s threatening to get tough and take action, just as soon as the Christmas dinner and New Year celebrations are out of the way.  The…

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…