Politics

UK premier Boris Johnson fluffs his lines over COVID-19

I caught up belatedly with Boris Johnson revealing the outcome of his (somewhat delayed) Cobra emergency cabinet committee meeting, when he seemed to be making some fairly sensible “steady as you go” comments about the COVID-19 outbreak (better give it ...

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UK gears up for international ads drive in Export Month

Advertising is one of the UK’s most successful exports so it’s likely to be needed in Boris Johnson’s brave new world of no EU membership and (it’s hoped) more trade deals elsewhere. This month, dubbed Export Month, sees the official ...

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BETC hacks Instagram to track down missing people

There are some booming activities in these straightened times, unfortunately people trafficking is one of them. According to UN data 2019 was the year with the highest human trafficking rate of the decade, 24.9 million people with 88 per cent ...

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US spooks target Brighton ad agency Designate

Running an ad agency can be a pretty precarious business – and now you might have to contend with the US Department of Homeland Security. Brighton creative agency Designate found its website snaffled by the aforementioned spooks a week ago, ...

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Whoops – Yorkshire Tea becomes Tory Tea

All publicity is good publicity? Not in the social media age it isn’t. Boris Johnson’s new chancellor Rishi Sunak, an unfeasibly rich Yorkshire dweller (he married into the Infosys family and is a former hedge fund partner) probably thought he’d ...

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‘Advertising pays’ is core message of Bloomberg bid

Michael Bloomberg is up from four per cent to 19 per cent among Democratic voters and, despite getting a pasting from his rival candidates the other night, looks set to face off against Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Presidential nomination. ...

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RBS becomes NatWest Group – time to ditch the baggage?

What difference does a name change make? RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland as was and still majority owned by the UK government after nearly bringing the nation grinding to a halt in the banking crisis) is changing its name to ...

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