Posts Tagged 'STFU'

What could possibly go wrong?


Nadine Dorries, Tory MP and publicity whore, has announced she is suing the two Labour imbeciles who’d plotted a smear campaign against her, along with Gordon Brown who knew nothing about it but did do his nut when he found out in his usual (allegedly) unhinged fashion.

I know that’s putting it in blunt terms but I’m happy to predict nothing will ever come of this because the smears were never published and Derek Draper and Damian McBride have already been punished by losing their jobs. Given its timing at the start of the conference season, not to mention its futility, it’s clearly a publicity stunt that a) will do absolutely nothing to redeem MP’s reputations and b) may blow up spectacularly in her face.

PS. I’ve been informed that she once implied on her own blog that a Labour researcher was a paedophile because they had looked at the Facebook page of her then 15 year old daughter. It’s wrong and a bit creepy, but that may well be actionable. Politicians eh?

Turkeys to debate Christmas


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How the media can help to reduce the number of mass killings

What links Damian McBride with the Hillsborough Disaster?


The two stand-out stories in the news today are the 20th Anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and the Conservatives’ understandable attempts to keep the Damian McBride story going (and thereby get as much dirt as possible to stick to the rest of the Labour Party and especially Gordon Brown).

One of the MPs targetted with the proposed lies of Damian McBride has been in the news today attacking the ‘cesspit’ of the current government. She has a point but then again, twenty years ago Conservative MP Irvine Patnick was busy spreading lies to the media about how 96 people had come to die at Hillsborough. It was Patnick who was the source of the Sun’s notorious cover story about the actions of Liverpool fans; a story that hampers sales of the paper on Merseyside to this day.

It’s politics. There is very little moral high ground left for any of them to clamber on. A few politicians may be the ones largely responsible for the fouling, but they’re all in the cesspit.

The secret of good PR? It’s still this – know when to shut the fuck up

This is going to end up being a category in its own right.

Latest culprits of digging themselves a hole with their own mouths then cheerfully throwing themselves into it are the Met. They tried to mislead about the assault on Ian Tomlinson, the guy who later died on the day of the G20 protests. They only came clean about the assault by one of their officers on the bloke when video evidence became public. And since they were caught out lying, they’ve made everything far worse.

Now, of course, all this comes just shortly after the whole de Menezes thing when Ian Blair spent a whole month trying to lie his way out of what had happened. You can go back a long way with other police forces trying to talk themselves out of trouble, only making things worse. Notably at Hillsborough where David Duckenfield, not content with allowing his own negligence to contribute to the deaths of 96 people, then actively tried to cover it up for it all with ‘misleading statements’ to the newspapers about what had happened.

I can’t comment on the rights and wrongs of the Tomlinson incident in the context of this blog, but what I can say is this. From a PR perspective. Sometimes, you just have to shut up. Say nothing. Don’t lie. Shut the fuck up.

The secret of good PR? Know when to shut the fuck up


We all pretty much know the full story of incompetence, greed and complacency displayed by the Government and board of RBS. What has come to light over the last few weeks has been nothing short of astonishing.

On Friday, following what could generously be described as a fractious shareholders meeting, the RBS  Chairman Sir Philip Hampton made a call for an end to the ‘public flogging’, as described on Robert Peston’s blog.

The gut response of the majority of people to the call was predictably blunt over the weekend. Things were hardly helped today when the board announced another 9,000 job cuts. Although this makes sense from a business point of view, it could also quite reasonably be interpreted as a bit rich given that some of the people responsible for taking the decisions that led to the whole mess are still comfortably in jobs.

You know the arguments.

What I find breathtaking is that nobody either at RBS or in one of the PR firms that they presumably employ has told Sir Philip Hampton to just shut his mouth.  There is a temptation for firms to try to manage their image through statements and proclamations. Whatever he says at the moment to explain, justify or defend will merely confirm the perception of the public that this is an organisation that is lucky to still exist, owes a debt to them and has displayed very little morality. Lack of self-awareness is not a pretty characteristic of individuals and no more so in companies.

June 2020

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