Month: June 2020

Corporate affairs, consultancy and campaigns – post-Covid

Our business is built on relationships, knowledge, and our ability to deliver results. These relationships are rooted in trust. And trust, like reputation, is cultivated, tested, and built over time. A perennial debate within public relations is whether we ought to ditch the term ‘PR’. It’s true that it’s loaded with negative connotations and misconceptions. …

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It’s time for more political drama

Yes, I chose a deliberately provocative headline. Only a fool would say that we need more political drama in the real world, but I believe that we could do with more on the small screen. Why? Because television influences reality. It informs, educates and entertains us. Good shows generate understanding and empathy, and they challenge …

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Micromobility e-scooters

Micromobility with a macro impact: why you should care about the future of transport

The best things really do come in small packages and I’m not just saying that because I’m 5’2”. Micromobility has come to prominence over the past five years with the rise in use of electric bikes, electric scooters, electric skateboards and the like. The sector includes traditional bicycles and any lightweight motorised device smaller than …

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Science and data

On the public health data superhighway, only one-way traffic is allowed

“We will be driven not by mere hope or economic necessity. We are going to be driven by the science, the data and public health.” So said the Prime Minister on 10 May as he prepared the country for the gradual release from the grip of the Covid-19 lockdown. Before Covid, Ministers, when interrogated on …

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The craft of communications and the coming culture war

“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” We’re neck deep in that Orwellian future. Fake news is the new norm, and effective communicators will win the coming clash between the ‘based’ and the ‘woke’.  If you’re not entirely sure what those …

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Hunt the Cummings: In Love and War, bid a Farewell to Arms

It was 10 p.m. The tumbler of whisky glimmered in the stark light of the desk lamp as smoke rose curlingly from the cigarette dangling precariously on the edge of the makeshift tin can ashtray. The typewriter lay exhausted. Exhausted by the frenetic and painful hammering of nicotine-stained fingers as they poured out the story …

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