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Business as usual for the Coalition

David Cameron has ordered his lieutenants to carry on business as usual to ensure the Coalition survives after last week’s LibDem disaster. The PM has reminded those around him the aim of the Coalition is to rescue Britain’s economy from ruin. He is determined to carry on governing with Nick Clegg his deputy and LibDem […]

A little local difficulty

Trouble is brewing on the Tory backbenches as David Cameron lines up for perhaps the toughest year of this Parliament. The PM needs distractions like a hole in the head as he prepares to fight the “hard yards” of 2012. This will be the darkest period for the Coalition – when demands for an economic […]

The AV referendum – does Twitter care?

In case you’ve missed it, a referendum with the potential to dramatically reform the British voting system is taking place tomorrow. The vote on switching from First Past The Post to the Alternative Vote system has failed to excite the imaginations of the electorate, to put it mildly. It’s true to say the public debate […]

Charles McLean joins Portland

Veteran communications strategist and public relations executive Charles McLean has joined Portland as the General Manager of the company’s New York office.  Mr. McLean will manage Portland’s portfolio of US clients, and will assist professionals in Portland’s London and Nairobi offices in serving the company’s international clients. Mr. McLean comes to Portland’s New York office after […]

Helping the UK economy take off

There are some things that just don’t seem to go together, no matter how hard you try.  Transport and the environment can quite easily be put into two apparently separate categories, with little prospect of reconciliation.  The problem for the Government is that transport, particularly in light of our status as an island nation, is […]

Cable’s Carte Blanche shows Coalition Will Survive

In the old days, Craig Oliver would have been drafting an exchange of letters between David Cameron and Vince Cable – accepting the business secretary’s resignation. It was the job of the communications director to ensure an orderly process when a Cabinet minister openly defied the Prime Minister on the day of a major speech. But Mr […]

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 […]

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