Politics

Are junk food ads living on borrowed time?

The ad industry is preparing to fight back against the threat of stricter controls on junk food advertising, as the government announces a public consultation on whether there should be a watershed for TV and online ads featuring foods high ...

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We Are Social: how social media can help launch a new political party

By Andre van Loon I remember a time, not long ago, when people used to say that British politics was slightly predictable, with the main parties converging around the centre ground. While this was exaggerated even at the time, it ...

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Spike Jonze turns down volume for cannabis TV campaign

We didn’t expect to be viewing ads for licensed cannabis companies but here comes MedMen – which last year turned over $30m mainly in California – hitting the airwaves with ace director Spike Jonze. No singing and dancing from Spike ...

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Roy Jeans: why the Cairncross Review into news media is a failure of intent and resolution

Christophe Guilluy’s recently published English-language version of “Twilight of the Elites” focuses on nascent tensions between France’s metropolitan ruling class and the disenfranchised people who live in the countryside outside of France’s “citadels” of power and economic influence. Originally published ...

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ASA bans two Imperial Tobacco ads, and tightens the rules on gambling

Imperial Tobacco is in trouble with the Advertising Standards Authority for two outdoor ads that appeal to under 18s, and suggest that smoking is safe. It’s not quite the return of big tobacco – these banned ads are for Rizla ...

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Egard Watches cashes in on Gillette ad rumpus

Egard Watches is a relative newbie in the timepiece game (2012) but it’s become surprisingly famous by taking a pop at Gillette’s now-notorious “toxic masculinity” ad. This purported to present a new view of men, suitable for the #MeToo era. ...

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