Channel Four announced this week that it has commissioned a three part series in which former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre will explain how he shaped the political and social agenda of the last quarter century. There is no doubt that Dacre is both an influential and highly controversial figure. Under his leadership the Daily […]

I was interested to read last week that Hackney Council has lost a legal challenge against a Government ruling that it must stop publishing its fortnightly civic newspaper Hackney Today. This is a saga which has been running since the Conservatives took office in 2010 when the then Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles described Council […]

I’m more than a little disturbed to read that Reach could be about to buy most of the titles currently owned by JPI Media. Reach, formerly known as Trinity Mirror, already owns high profile national and regional newspapers across the UK. If they were to buy publications such as The Scotsman and the Yorkshire Post […]

In the 1950s a series of “Teach Yourself” books were published in order to guide people through the trials and pitfalls of post war Britain. Many of these books have recently been republished and they give us a fascinating insight into the habits of that generation. I’ve just finished reading Teach Yourself Good Manners by […]

Like me, you might well have had some sympathy for Johanna Konta on Tuesday after her disappointing defeat in the Wimbledon quarter finals.  After all, the experiences of Tim Henman and Andy Murray have shown that it’s not easy for the home favourite at SW19. However, that sympathy soon waned after Konta’s disastrous post match […]

You can’t help to have noticed that it’s Wimbledon fortnight. Everyone is talking about it, as well as the Women’s Football World Cup of course. Interestingly the Cricket World Cup is also taking place right now, but with much less public interest. It all comes down to two great British obsessions, television and social class. […]

From an early stage in my PR career I’ve been aware of how important numbers can be in getting your message across. One of my favourite textbooks when I was a student was How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff which explains how you make any set of figures support your argument if you […]