Flack: Flack's Week

With 'hackgate' gripping Westminster, Ed Miliband's parliamentary aide Michael Dugher was not pulling any punches at a TLG party last week.

The MP for Barnsley told partygoers at Quirinale restaurant: 'It took us years in government to become this shit, but Cameron's managed it in a matter of a few months.' And to think this mild-mannered character once told PRWeek a potential story was 'unmitigated bollocks'...

Further east, Unity's summer party last week at London's uber-trendy Dalston Roof Gardens was another glittering affair. Among the attendees enjoying the chicken kebabs was a rather grizzled-looking Joseph Washbourn, lead singer of Dancing In the Moonlight popsters Toploader. It transpired that Unity has been handling the social media around Toploader's new album, released last month. 'A lovely, lovely guy', said agency co-founder Nik Done. Indeed, Washbourn was looking surprisingly chipper after missing out on winning Popstar to Operastar earlier this month ...

Finally, Flack can reveal that a number of agencies have been approached by a certain Ali Darwish from the 'Mission for Peace' at the Ministry of Information in Libya. Ali writes: 'We are seeking to employ your PR company to present our just and fair case to the world.' With no phone number and an opaque email address, is our Ali a deep undercover agent - or just a bad hoaxer?

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