It had to be done…

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Thank you to my friend and colleague Cllr Mark Elliott for his oh-so-kind nomination for the Ice Bucket Challenge – here’s my video!  I’m donating to Macmillan and being a fairly political animal, nominating my two opposite numbers in the Greenwich Labour Party – my opponent in the General Election Matt Pennycook, and the Deputy Leader of the Council John Fahy (And just for good measure, my excellent agent Tom Turrell too!) Continue reading It had to be done…

Community clean up at the Pet Cemetery on Shooters Hill Road

Friends of the Pet CemeteryPlease note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

Yesterday I was pleased to join other members of the Friends of the Pet Cemetery on Shooters Hill Road for their clean-up day, after the group was awarded a grant as part of the Mayor of London’s Capital Clean-up Scheme.

Few people know that it even exists, but the Pet Cemetery is a fascinating part of local history and the Friends group are doing a terrific job in restoring the site – which was mainly used for service animals in World War I and later World War II – to its former glory. Continue reading Community clean up at the Pet Cemetery on Shooters Hill Road

What’s taking Twitter so long?

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A few weeks ago I chose a case study for an essay I’m writing on how organisations should communicate in crisis situations.  I should have waited a few weeks.  Twitter’s disastrous handling of the vile trolling of banknote campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez is a lesson in how not to do it.

The hateful messages that Criado-Perez received sparked an angry backlash from Twitter users, demanding the addition of a ‘report abuse’ button for every tweet on the platform.  That was three days ago.  Twitter UK’s first response, from Tony Wang was straightforward but woefully lacking: the company was “testing ways to simplify reporting” of abuse. Continue reading What’s taking Twitter so long?

Two news stories worth thinking about on a sunny Monday

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Two news stories in the Evening Standard tonight struck me, on the sweltering Jubilee Line, as having something quite remarkable in common.

The first is that of little-known paparazzi photographer Jesal Parshotam, who this morning saw the Duchess of Cambridge sneak into St Mary’s Hospital at around 5.55am.  As the Standard reports, he said that he and his colleague “decided in advance we were not going to take a photo of her.  I made that decision – she’s a woman in labour…. To take a picture of her would have been over stepping the mark.”

Continue reading Two news stories worth thinking about on a sunny Monday

Welcome to the blog

Please note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

Welcome to my new blog – something I’ve been meaning to put together for quite some time.  As a comms professional I spend a lot of time writing – from tweets to newspaper articles and everything in between, including the odd blog post now and then.  It’s something I hugely enjoy.  Up until now, I’ve never taken the plunge of keeping a blog of my own, confining myself to Twitter.

Increasingly, however, I’m finding 140 characters far too limiting for what I would like to share – on politics, communications and other things that may come to mind from time to time.  I’m a member of the Conservative Party and a candidate for the 2014 local elections in Coldharbour & New Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  I’m also involved in various other organisations, including the credit union movement – a subject I’m passionate about and one that is guaranteed to get a regular airing on these pages.

It should go without saying (but doesn’t, so I’ll say it) that none of the opinions expressed on this blog represent anyone’s views other than my own, and this blog is in no way associated with any organisation or group I am connected with.

Now that’s out of the way, on to the blogging…