three things that make me cross

There really are some things that unite every comms person. In this post the chair of LGComms vents some spleen and raises a few things that will make more than a few nod in recognition.

by Cormac Smith

I love my work in local government.  Both in my day job as a senior communications advisor and in my national role of chairman of LGcommunications I get to work with some fantastic people doing work that I hope makes a real difference.

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why malcolm tucker must die

Armando Iannoucci's BBC series 'The Thick Of It' has ended. An epoch-defining series that told the story of how a fictional Government department ran with a spin doctor at its heart.  

By Dan Slee

As beautiful illicit guilty pleasures go watching BBC2's The Thick Of It is not exactly an out-of-control gambling habit.

A satirical fly-on-the-wall Yes Minister for the 21st Century Civil Servants and politicians scheme, plot and manipulate obsessed by the whims of public opinion.

Chief amongst them is the figure of Malcolm Tucker. Like 'Iago with a blackberry'  as The Spectator calls him in the programme itself, he is the government's director of communications whose Machiavellian command of the dark arts of spin is direct drawn from the underworld. Nothing is too low.

"Congratulations on your first confirmed kill," he chillingly writes on a card to a junior who ill in hospital goes along with his plot to unseat the Leader of the Opposition. Out of the box the card comes from drifts a helium baloon with a picture of the deposed Leader sellotaped to it. A perfect blend of malice and slapstick.

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