How PR giant Bell Pottinger made itself look bad
Paula Keaveney, Edge Hill University The reputation of global PR company Bell Pottinger has suffered a massive blow. The boss has resigned, clients have walked, the firm has been expelled from the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) – and it has now put itself up for sale. All because of its work on a […]
Who is leading the EU campaign battle so far?
Mid April saw the official start of the campaign to either persuade us to Remain or to Leave when we vote in the European Referendum in June. The Electoral Commission has designated two organisations as official campaigners. On the In side is Britain Stronger in Europe. On the Out side is Vote Leave. In the […]
What now for the BBC?
BBC senior managers probably hoped the Smith report (published Feb 25th) would lead to a day or two of heavy duty media work and then business as usual. Like many of these key moments though, it’s impossible to draw a line. The ongoing story about Tony Blackburn is likely to run for a while. Campaigners […]
EU Referendum Campaign – Should we stay or should we go?
If there’s one book you’ll find on most politicians’ bookshelves it’s Drew Westen’s The Political Brain. This 2007 work said that facts and logical arguments are not enough in political communication. Even those who are hyper-logical make emotion-based decisions. And if politicians or campaigns speak to feelings, they are more likely to succeed. Think back […]