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  • The Government that didn’t shut down

    While the US cable news networks’ countdown clocks ticked away towards the government shuttering its doors last Friday, the real countdown last week was the start of the 2012 US presidential campaign. The dynamics of that campaign are being shaped by the developing fight over the 2012 budget, the government’s debt ceiling and a longer […]

    Reshuffle talk is in the air

    It’s spring and reshuffle talk is in the air. Middle-ranking and junior ministers are already jockeying for position even though no one knows for sure what David Cameron intends. I’m told no one in 10 Downing Street is talking about a shakeup in Cabinet. Figures like Home Secretary Theresa May and Communities supremo Eric Pickles […]

    Is it such a bad thing that London is PR capital of the world?

    Is it a bad thing that London has become the world capital for reputational management, including for leaders we would not want running our own country? If all that PR companies do is advise undemocratic countries on how to stay undemocratic, put a positive gloss on human rights abuses, and continue to exercise control of […]

    Don’t raise our rents!

    The Portland team have been busy this week launching a new campaign on behalf of the Scouting Association aimed at raising awareness of high rent and rate increases inflicted on them by local authorities around the country. Some of the increases threaten local Scout groups with closure or massive rises in subs and cuts to […]

    All hands on deck to save Tories from AV

    David Cameron and Nick Clegg have become “temporarily undocked” as the PM wakes up to the very real danger of losing the referendum on AV. Mr Cameron is a worried man, I’m very reliably informed. The PM has ordered an emergency push to deliver a “no” in the AV referendum at all costs. Otherwise, general […]

    People power and the internet

    It’s a known fact that each ton of newsprint requires the cutting down of 12 mature trees. I found it rather ironic then that most newspapers were supporting the recent campaign to Save Our Forests. The real winner, however, in the successful fight against the Government’s proposed forestry sell-off was ‘people power’ and the internet. […]

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