Politics

Happy Christmas – as a mean-minded 2019 nears its end

It’s that time of year when it’s goodwill to all men, women and whatever other genders are on offer. But not quite. In his successful campaign to be Conservative leader/PM Boris Johnson famously observed: ‘fuck business.” Whoops, that’s it for ...

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Adland’s search for equality misses the target in Brexit Britain

By Archie Heaton London’s liberal bubble was well and truly popped last week when those working in advertising shockingly discovered that the British people had voted for Boris Johnson. To make matters worse, Shoreditch was equally perplexed to find out ...

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M&C Saatchi under FCA spotlight, curtain falls on Maurice’s adland career

It doesn’t get any better for scandal- hit M&C Saatchi – half the board resigned this week including founder Lord Saatchi – and now the Financial Conduct Authority (an M&C client ironically) is taking a look at its public pronouncements ...

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Anti-semitism and the Labour Party: how a moral crisis became an election issue too

By Samuel Carpenter Criticism of the Labour Party since Jeremy Corbyn became leader has often focused on his and the party’s widely alleged antisemitism. Following his election, some criticisms could be considered ideological and opportunistic. Their subjectivity was demonstrated by ...

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Super Bowl 2020 sells out at $5.2m a pop

People have been reading the last rites over TV for years now but the message evidently hasn’t got through to Super Bowl advertisers. It’s Fox’s turn to broadcast the highlight of the NFL season in 2020 and all 77 in-game ...

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Bloomberg launches presidency bid with $37m ad blitz

Media tycoon and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg – ‘call me Mike’ – has enlisted what he hopes is the power of advertising in his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination, spending an eye watering $37m in a week ...

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Advertising Week joins exodus from Andrew’s Pitch@Palace

Advertising Week has joined the ever-growing list of “supporters” abandoning Prince Andrew”s Pitch@Palace tech initiative, aimed at drumming up funds for start-ups. Andrew, AKA the Duke of York, was due to pitch up at next year’s Advertising Week Europe shindig ...

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Possible Moscow joins anti-plastic crusade for Greenpeace

Here’s another effort to save the world – this time from the dreaded plastic – from Possible Moscow (still part of the WPP empire one presumes) for Greenpeace Russia. It’s an interesting spin on a hunting culture – with a ...

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