Occupy: a triumph for a belief in a cause

I walked past the Occupy camp at St Paul’s Cathedral last Monday for the first time. It’s probably just as well I did as the camp has been served eviction notices and soon will likely suffer the same terminal conclusion as its sister protest in New York. But despite the bumbling right wing propaganda spouted […]

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A rock but no hard place: Dave’s riot of a week

Sometimes I do feel sorry for politicians – of all creeds and colours. Sometimes it must feel like a totally thankless job. But sometimes they don’t half make things tough for themselves. Last week, as chaos descended on the country’s capital, David Cameron faced perhaps the first major ‘national crisis’ of his premiership. Did he […]

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Clegg needs to find a new narrative and quickly

As Nick Clegg found out last week at the local elections and AV referendum, the British public doesn’t forget easily. Clegg portrayed the AV vote as the big concession the Tory party made in joining the coalition. But the truth is that, as with all elections, the electorate simply refuses to focus on the issue […]

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My chat with Alastair Campbell; will the PM ever engage social media?

I had an interesting chat with Alastair Campbell yesterday. Yes, that’s right, THE Alastair Campbell. Ok, it was on Twitter and was part of #commschat (the weekly Twitter chat session for the PR industry), but was still a fascinating chance to speak with one of the infamous communication professionals of the last 10 years. Can […]

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Why opposition should really be the prize

We are living through an unprecedented period of political history in the UK. All three of the major political parties are doing their very best to form some sort of coalition government with the Lib Dems operating as the all important missing link. As a (relatively) loyal Labour voter (who actually voted Lib Dem this […]

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How much do musicians earn online?

Following on from my post last week about the digital economy bill, I came across this really interesting infographic from Information is Beautiful, which presents a fascinating side to the debate. The conclusions are, I think, quite self-explanatory, but it still doesn’t make the bill itself any more justified… hat tip to Max

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Technological ignorance and the digital economy bill

I watched with interest the progress of the digital economy bill last week. If you missed the news about it, the Government succeeded in pushing through the bill in the ‘wash-up’ period – the days before parliament is dissolved in preperation for the election. The DEB brings about a range of new laws and legislations, […]

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Why social media won’t but could win the election: #LEWISSMS

Last night I attended a debate on social media and the election hosted by our frenemies, Lewis PR, over at the very flashy Lewis media centre. Alas it was, I regret to report, mainly a dull affair with the highlights for me being a delightful little montage of ‘thoughts from the general public’ fronted by […]

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Mydavidcameron.com – the social election starts

If there was any doubt about whether social media would play a big part in the forthcoming general election then mydavidcameron.com is proof. Last week some spoof images of the Tory’s latest campaign posters started appearing on the Go Fourth Labour blog. This led to Clifford Singer – a creative director at Sparkloop graphic design agency […]

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How the (online) general election will be fought?

With a general election in the UK less than a year away, I’m fascinated to see how it will play out online, with digital media and social media at a vastly advanced stage compared to 2005, and with Obama’s ‘social media victory’ still fresh in our minds. As Jon Bernstein points out “remember that when […]

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