Flack: Government Association conference

Communities Secretary and political bruiser Eric Pickles was on bullish form with a broadside against 'non jobs' at the Local Government Association conference last week.

He scoffed: 'One council is even advertising for someone to spin for their bins.' His diatribe was aimed squarely at Hackney Council, which was on the hunt for a 'waste strategy officer' and offering a salary of up to £35k a year. Sadly those attracted by the bright lights of 'waste strategy' had their hopes dashed days later when the job ad vanished. The council confirmed to Flack recruitment for the post had been frozen 'pending a review of comms strategy'. Cheerleading development officers of Britain be warned, your time is over ... Bell Pottinger staff have a new opening gambit for conversations with useful strangers, Flack hears. In a speech to public affairs clients, head honcho Lord Bell revealed his workers' phrase du jour: 'I'm from Bell Pottinger. We don't handle BP.' That dubious honour falls to rival agency Brunswick. Not that there is any sense of schadenfreude in Bell Pottinger towers. Honest ... Finally, London's excellent Hospital Club published its creative '100' list last week. From the PR industry only Matthew Freud and Idea Generation's Hector Proud made the final cut in the 'established' category, while Jackie Cooper's Paul McEntee made the 'emerging list'. PRWeek editor Danny Rogers was spotted drowning his sorrows at the club's fourth floor bar.

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