Today's letter from the Editor
£130 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Ilford: Secondary Geography Teacher Lo...
£55 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Are you a dynamic and energeti...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Group: SEN TAs, LSAs and Support Workers needed...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: The Sheffield office of this...
i Editor's Letter: What do we make of the latest government U-turn?
I once knew both the Saatchi brothers, just a little. As a young reporter, through them I first came across a technique with which I have since become familiar. They, like many in their wake, made things happen partly by putting them ‘out there’. Ideas or notions became reality by being enunciated enough times.
For this to work, it must be backed up with resource, ability and conviction. Plus, there’s the rare ability to carry ‘people’ with you. We all know ‘leaders’ who can talk the talk, but precious few can also walk the walk. Which brings me to David Cameron.
The PM was once a PR. He is eloquent, quick-witted and, yes, charming. I was going to write ‘slick’, but that’s just a cliched term for people in marketing. He currently looks anything but.
What are we to make of this latest U-turn on minimum alcohol pricing, particularly in light of all the others? Perhaps he believes that by putting policies out there, he can make them happen? This is so much harder to do so in a Coalition, tougher still when many in your own party are against you. He resembles my ‘nonna’ throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks. The PM feels like a marketer using the media as ‘facilitator’ for a giant focus group (the public) in an attempt to come up with products (policies) that might nudge up his market share (votes). The flaw is that the best marketers (Coca-Cola, P & G) operate with absolute conviction. Even when they don’t, they don’t let us know. For a marketing man who was outstandingly sure-footed in obtaining power, he is proving surprisingly unsure of himself now that he has it.
- 1 Easter egg hunt horror as mother finds dead body under deck of house
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 How We Met: Alison Moyet & Emma Kennedy: 'I knew we'd be friends because she was happy to make a prat of herself'