Category Archives: politics

There’s a creaking and a rumbling up north

Real plans to expand an oil refinery and an electricity network. Realised plans to turn Whangarei into this country’s first fully UFB-enabled city. Ambitious plans to create a $125 million data centre. Rumoured plans to lobby for a deepwater port … Continue reading

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Podium people

I’ve taken part in, and eavesdropped on, several wonderful discussions recently about whether Aussie PM Julia Gillard is a nasty person because she didn’t show much emotion about the Queensland floods in front of the cameras, and whether Queensland premier … Continue reading

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Collins and Co need a fresh approach

NZ Police and their Minister Judith Collins have now had a peek of the international press pack in action and they don’t like it. They won’t be able to change it, though. Unless of course they want to go the way of … Continue reading

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There’s something happening here

And if you’re old enough to remember the song, you’ll recall the next line is:  “What it is ain’t exactly clear.” I was asked by a colleague yesterday to explain the American political system.  How it’s structured, who is seeking election … Continue reading

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Just sayin’….

When the English Parliament enshrined Freedom of Speech in the 1689 Bill of Rights, it did so to ensure that all shades of political opinion were given voice. In 1791 the First Amendment to the US Constitution did the same. … Continue reading

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The Art of Apology

OK, so I’m on record as saying that apologies are over-used in PR.  That they’re too frequently the staple recommendation of spineless ‘tofu traders’. And that, as a result, the exercise of public apology is becoming hollow and (literally) incredible. … Continue reading

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Lessons from the rugby field

Crouch, touch, pause… ENGAGE!  For anyone not familiar with Rugby Union (I know, I know – but it’s the worldwide web) this is the four-stage procedure used to ensure that the delicate dance known as the scrum is started safely … Continue reading

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What happened to the Politics of Conviction?

Poor old Gordon Brown. The British PM isn’t the most riveting personality on the global political stage but he’s unwittingly enlivened an otherwise turgid British election campaign. I’m referring, of course, to his now-infamous comment that a 65 year-old woman he’d … Continue reading

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Shooting the Messenger – the Free Tibet Campaign gets it spectacularly wrong

The Free Tibet Campaign’s recent threat to agitate against any PR consultancy that chooses to work for the Chinese government was a PR own-goal, and arguably not its only one this year. By threatening to bring to bear the wrath … Continue reading

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