Author Archive for the comms dept

REFLECTING ON AUSTERITY

Long before anyone thought of fashioning chocolate into the shape of an egg, Easter signified the end of Lent, an austere 40 days of fasting, self-denial and reflection that Christians observe before celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Religious our not,…

PROMISCUOUS RELATIONS

The CFO of a global PR agency asked me recently why it is that very few clients behave as if they really like the PR agencies they work with. His view was that it’s because clients are reluctant to share…

DROWNING ST PRESS OFFICE

The formative years of my PR career were spent in a trade’n’tech agency supporting clients such as an industrial food pump manufacturer, an electronic components distributor and a business that produced plastic bags to protect microchips from electrostatic damage.  Not…

DON’T STAND FOR AUSTERITY AIRLINES

His daughters were waiting at arrivals, excited about showing him the new lives they’d created in the big city. The arrivals board announced the plane had landed on time.  Then it advised ‘baggage in the hall’. Finally, the passengers began…

AN ALTERNATIVE BUDGET POST

I had intended to write a review of Gideon’s budget today.  However, having listened to the Chancellor’s performance on the radio with edited highlights simulcast on Twitter, I now think I’d prefer to watch old people eat.  But the occasion…

9MM SHORT OF A PRIORITY

OK. Let’s start at the beginning. The Houses of Parliament are home to Big Ben and the 650 Members of Parliament that make up Her Majesty’s Government.  These MPs, ably supported by an army of civil servants, do very important…

SHOOT FIRST, FORGET THE QUESTIONS

Would Jennifer Aniston be the ultimate girlfriend? Was Led Zeppelin the best live band ever?  Is Jeremy Clarkson funny? The answers to these questions are, of course, highly subjective and likely to cause debate.  Just like journalism. A journalist’s copy…

WHO READS THE UK PRESS?

National newspapers in the UK tend to have a predictable readership, which has changed little over the years. If you’re a fan of ‘Yes, Minister’, you’ll be familiar with this.  But in case you’re too young – or too old…

CHANCER OF THE EXCHEQUER

Gideon’s in a bit of a quandary. He wants to axe the 50% tax rate imposed on the 300,000 highest paid people in the UK by the last Government when he delivers his budget next week.  He fears the vast…

FIRST CLASS ABUSE

I don’t often find myself aboard a Southeastern commuter train on its way London at just gone midday.  Three things were different between this and my usual rush hour commute: it was bright outside; the train was almost empty; and…