Tony Blair revealed a love of rugby league recently, presenting
medals at the cup final. He was then spotted wearing glasses for the
first time. Can the forthcoming election be a coincidence?
Max Clifford Associates
'William Hague could invite Michael Portillo to join him and Seb Coe on
the judo mat to attract the pink vote. Then, they could all go to the
pub for a ten-pint session to attract football fans and black up John
Townend to attract the ethnic vote. Tony Blair could invite Sophie
Wessex to take over his PR, with special advice from Murray Harkin
Blair might shift mortgage benefits and a company passport agency into a
department run by Peter Mandelson. Or how about Charles Kennedy aligning
the Lib Dems with Hague and the Conservatives? Finally, Hague could
launch a neighbourhood harmony campaign to be PR'd by Bernard
'Tony Blair could show his support for the countryside by doing a One
Man and His Dog-style stunt. We could have him and a sheepdog leading a
sheep back into a pen with Cherie standing to one side, scowling.
William Hague could be in a long queue going around a hospital, out
there with the masses queuing for a bed to show he's one of us. Two Jags
could be with his two cars up for sale in a second-hand car showroom and
him sitting on his bike to show that he means what he says. And Ken
Livingstone could invite the pigeons from Trafalgar Square back to his
garden and he could be scattering seed around to persuade the birds to
take a holiday and put this to bed once and for all.'
'The problem is that there have been so many bad stunts in real life.
Hague wearing a baseball hat was one of the worst but I suppose it could
have been worse: he could have turned up to meet Nelson Mandela when he
was in the UK last week. Politicians could write in their manifestos
that they support their local football teams and then end up supporting
their rivals. But even that has happened in real life with former Tory
cabinet minister David Mellor claiming to support Fulham then coming out
as a Chelsea fan. I guess the worst thing that they could probably do is
anything involving their mum and dads, which always ends in disaster.
Parents always end up saying the complete opposite of what has been said
by their offspring in the first place.'
The Communication Group
'Tony Blair doesn't need to engage in PR stunts when The Sun is
predicting a majority of 227 seats. However, the Prime Minister has
probably already pulled off one of the biggest PR stunts in recent
memory by not just kissing a baby but fathering one at his time of life.
Also, we have now had Lucie the lamb and Phoenix the calf - brave
attempts to exploit the popular vote. Perhaps the Government will try
the stunt of ordering that all meat unfit for human consumption should
be dyed Tory blue or Lib Dem yellow? No amount of stunts could help the
Tories' PR. William Hague has not landed a glove - let alone a judo
throw - in months. He still has to live down the image of the
14-pints-a-day lad who wears a baseball hat on a day trip to Alton