The meteoric rise of the invisible European politician

“Ex-PM Silvio #Berlusconi confronted by topless women with Enough Berlusconi scrawled on them at polls http://bbc.in/YOaVKz  #elezioni2013”. This was, by far, the most striking BBC News tweet of yesterday, when the news agenda was otherwise dominated by the Pope’s last message and speculation about Oscar winners.   Love him or loathe him, Berlusconi is unforgettable and unmissable. Summed up by voter Maria Teresa Gottardi talking … Continue reading The meteoric rise of the invisible European politician

The end of Britain, or a cynical marketing ploy?

The end of Britain is nigh, according to a prediction by MoneyWeek http://subscribe.moneyweek.com/pro/eob-doc-mob.php?code=LMYKP209&n=myk-eob.  Viewer discretion is advised. Gulp. This is subscription advertising like we have never seen it before. Before asking for your credit card details, MoneyWeek takes us on a devastating tour of history, peppered with punchy statistics, to explain Britain’s inexorable decline. It’s pretty grim and absolutely compelling, I am afraid to say. … Continue reading The end of Britain, or a cynical marketing ploy?

All the President’s PR Men

When I decided to become a journalist, I had a vision of myself as one of those investigative reporters in All the President’s Men or Edge of Darkness, uncovering all sorts of dastardly deeds. While a certain amount of my 20 year career involved investigative journalism, a lot also involved interviewing CEOs, going to lunch and chasing PRs for press releases. When I moved into … Continue reading All the President’s PR Men