Public relations misfire: transparent and desperate…

On Wednesday at the national daily briefing, the UK government visibly acknowledged its anxiety over its COVID-19 response to date as talks of an Inquiry mount, just days after a Sunday Times article highlighted a series of spectacular blunders that prompted a detailed 2,000-word rebuttal. The tell…? Wheeling out the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter GCB, CBE, DSO, ADC. One would be forgiven for thinking it relatively benign, given that the military has been squarely involved …

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Election Rule #1: Don’t get carried away

As part of a new weekly series I will be looking at the lessons we should learn in politics from now until the election. Lesson one is – Never get carried away. Politics is a game of hype. You tell everyone you are absolutely brilliant and that the other fella is the devil incarnate. Due to the adversarial nature of politics there is often little room for being fair. This is all well and good but you must be careful …

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The tangled web of history that will greet Prince Charles

In the shadow of black  Ben Bulben,  news of a visit by Prince Charles more than a quarter of a century later to the site of his great uncle Earl Mountbatten’s murder in  Mullaghmore harbour, brings back vivid memories.  It will fill gaps in his own experience and knowledge of Irish and family history. There is a tangled web of history here, of different classes, politics and outcomes. Uncle Dickie” was the last of Queen Victoria’s grandchildren to be held …

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Urgent BBC explanation needed for pulling Panorama on army undercover squad ( Now updated with BBC explanation)

 Update  My old colleague John Ware of Panorama has rung to say he’s waiting for some new information in order to complete the programme. So conspiracy theorists can stand down. Thanks to Galloglaigh for getting  this reply from Panorama earlier Apologies for any confusion caused, but we do need to change planned programmes on short notice from time to time owing to various editorial issues. Best wishes for the Christmas season. The Panorama Team   This has been a perfect example …

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“in order to ensure the safety of the community and the officers responding…”

The BBC reports that the PSNI have defended the delay of over an hour before officers arrived at the scene of a car bomb alert in Newry on Saturday night.  Unlike the security alert on Friday in the Newry area, this one was eventually declared a hoax.  From the BBC report A hijacked taxi, containing a suspect device, was abandoned close to houses on Martins Lane on Saturday night. Residents used their own cars to block the road and tried …

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Paratrooper spotted on Falls…

THE times are certainly changing. Walk into the new Sainsbury’s store on the Falls Road, and you’ll see signs in Irish, as well as… Paratroopers in the aisles! Only a matter of time before Squinter spots this toy from the ‘HM Armed Forces’ range, whinges and it’s withdrawn, so here’s a pic to prove it. But you gotta wonder how sales are doing… Belfast Gonzosluggerotoole.com