FLACK: Brown on call

A certain political blog this week revealed that Gordon Brown has had to switch off his email 'auto-complete'.

Apparently he mistakenly sent a missive meant for recently resigned Scottish labour leader Wendy Alexander to Wendi Deng, the glamorous wife of Rupert Murdoch. Here at Flack, we hear a similar yarn. According to backbench whispers, Brown grabbed his phone to call health secretary Alan Johnson for a wee chat. Instead, he dialled Alan Johnston, the BBC journalist formerly held captive by Palestinian militants. You couldn't make it up. Or could you? ... Hats off to the unfortunate person who booked The Guardian health columnist Ben Goldacre for the Westminster Media Forum. Goldacre shocked attentive healthcare communicators by saying disease awareness campaigns were 'only run to promote pharma firm's drugs'. He also said there was concern that patient advocacy group campaigns had been 'distorted' by a 'debt of gratitude to funders'. Fellow panellists including Fuel PR MD Gillian Waddell and AstraZeneca global head of media relations Neil McCrae argued back, but there were a few angry red faces in the audience... And well done to the meteorologically savvy PROs of M&C Saatchi who organised a secret indoor barbecue last Thursday at Glastonbury Festival. On the only night it rained.

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