The legacy of Bloomberg

This article first appeared in The Herald. by Peter Duncan It was all such a brilliant wheeze at the time. When faced with a looming general election, with prospects not looking brilliant, too often Prime Ministers look for short term solutions, happy to let the long term deal with...

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Publish, publish and publish again

by Andy Maciver The aftermath of the latest ISIL atrocity has, understandably, been focussed on the truly great issues of our time. Are we getting the fight against Islamic extremism right? Do we need to prioritise air strikes or ground troops, diplomatic negotiation or long-term, grass-roots change...

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Lobbying is an essential part of democracy

By Peter Duncan Netflix, Sky and others carrying excellent US TV content have offered the people of Scotland a clear and racy perception of lobbyists. Sharp suits, sunglasses, shady deals on the steps of Capitol Hill. But an insight into the life of a lobbyist in Scotland will...

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The tweets of change

by Peter Duncan Given the scale of the change in direction at the top of the UK Labour Party, now is a great time to reflect on how group behaviour is changing public life. Whilst my analysis, inevitably, relies much more on hypothesis than a recollection...

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THE HOWFF – 4.5.2015

by Andy Maciver #MayPac WAS A GIANT DISAPPOINTMENT FOR CASUAL FANS - BUT DOES IT MATTER? “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” So said 18th century poet, Alexander Pope. Unfortunately for hundreds of millions of casual boxing, sports or even just...

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THE HOWFF – 30.4.2015

by Andy Maciver #BEACHBODYREADY - LOVE IT OR HATE IT, IT'S A MARKETING TRIUMPH The controversy over the London Underground ad campaign by Protein World, which promotes weight loss products and has been running during the month of April, has taught us a couple of things. Firstly, it has taught...

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THE HOWFF – 2.4.2015

by Peter Duncan THE TECTONIC PLATES ARE SHIFTING Students of economics will have felt in 2008 that their reference books had become redundant more or less overnight. Suddenly, the received wisdom was being rewritten under their feet, all their putative dissertations on the stability of national finances...

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The Howff – 26.3.2015

by Andy Maciver THE BENEFITS OF CHOOSING REPUTATION BEFORE MONEY When we celebrated our 3-year anniversary recently, I reflected that our greatest success was client retention. We started with nothing, and by our third birthday we'd worked with 20 different clients across media, politics, campaigns and branding. They're...

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