We’ve All Been Infected With a Covid Side-Effect… And There Is No Cure

In The Comey Rule then-FBI Director James Comey, played by Jeff Daniels, remarks that the Bureau losing the trust of its public is nothing less than “a bell that can never be unrung”. Similarly, the information vacuum created by the NI Executive’s confusion, frequent poor leadership at individual level and – in places – crude self-interest during the Covid crisis created a space now occupied permanently by cranks, conspiracy theorists, attention-clamouring ‘influencers’ and small government hyper-fanatics. In particular, and this …

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Some professional PR wouldn’t go amiss

So the #GE17 campaign continues and I’ve a note in my diary to vote on 8 June. I’ve got a dose of electionitis – it’s all a bit dull to be honest. However, I have noticed some Parties and people having a some communications issues. There has been more than one amateurish error made. Political PR is one of those seemingly dark areas. It’s easy to label Party comms people as spin doctors, with the implication that it’s all misinformation …

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Quit the messing lads and start managing your government’s politics….

Great (and passionate) analysis from Fergus Finlay on what’s eating at the coalition government’s popularity in Dublin… To paraphrase him in his Examiner column somewhat, it’s not a communication problem, it’s a fecking political management problem… I’ll let him explain what he means (I suspect you would never have to say this so explicitly to anyone in Fianna Fail): So what do I mean by political management? It’s actually pretty simple, and maybe it’s best illustrated by a current example. …

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The problem of communicating DC to DC?

Matthew d’Ancona, a friend and admirer of the late Christopher Hitchens, reaches for one of the few times he had ever spoken on the subject of David Cameron: “He seems content-free to me. Never had a job, except in PR, and it shows. People ask, ‘What do you think of him?’ My answer is: he doesn’t make me think.” D’Ancona follows up by stating: The biggest problem of perception facing this Government is that it is less than the sum …

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