Flack

Congratulations to Weber Shandwick public affairs chairman Jon McLeod, who Flack hereby crowns the Nostradamus of the lobbying world.

In April, PRWeek asked ten senior lobbyists to predict the largest party and the number of seats won by that party. Jon sagely predicted 311 seats for Dave's mob, just above the 306 the Tories eventually bagged. Most impressive. The 'heart over head' award jointly goes to Bell Pottinger Public Affairs chief Peter Bingle, who predicted 352 seats for the Tories, and Rory O'Neill of Gardant Communications who foresaw a Labour triumph ...

Meanwhile, the PRCA/CIPR/PRWeek election night party at the Royal Institute of Civil Engineers on Parliament Square revealed cracks in the Tories' campaign before the first ballot was counted. Hanover MD Charles Lewington, ex-Tory party press chief, said: 'David Cameron's campaign is a mystery to me. It struck me as unfocused.' Certainly not something that could be said of John Major's triumph in 1997, co-ordinated by, er, Charles Lewington ...

Finally, prweek.com saw an emotional message posted by a doting dad. After Paratus Communications nabbed a huge account from Vodafone, MD Adam Vincenzini was lavished with praise. 'Bloody congratulations to Paratus and special well done to son Adam,' said Gino Vincenzini. 'I love my Dad! That is all,' responded Adam. It's enough to melt even Flack's stony heart ...

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