Flack's week

Peter Mandelson may have upset pretty much everyone he has ever encountered with his tell-all memoir The Third Man, but Flack suspects his tome is easier on the eye for those in the public affairs profession.

While pulling no punches on ex-colleagues, Mandelson goes all misty-eyed when it comes to PR professionals. Weber Shandwick boss Colin Byrne is his 'most gifted protegee', while Anglo American head of government and social affairs Anji Hunter is 'impossible to dislike and unfailingly discreet' ...

And that's just for starters. Freuds' boss Matthew Freud is a 'good friend', Portland founder Tim Allan is 'part of a formidably effective team' and Bell Pottinger's David Hill is hailed for his experience, seriousness and good relations with the media. Looking for a job, Peter? ...

Cheshire-based PR firm Perception has a TV star in the making. Director Cath Couzens will appear on Five's sixth series of The Hotel Inspector offering expertise. It is trumpeted as 'one of Five's most watched shows,' which is like saying the Express is one of Richard Desmond's best read papers ...

Finally, Mortimer Chadwick Grey Public Relations took a tongue-lashing from Manchester Confidential this week. The firm was castigated as 'the most stupid PR agency in the country' after failing to deliver some fish and chips that it had promised to the lifestyle website's office. Never get between hungry Mancunians and their chips.

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