In PR you have to think on your feet, giving the right message
instantly. But what if you unexpectedly find yourself left to share a
minute of small talk with Tony Blair? What incisive line of
interrogation would you adopt to pummel the PM?
This is the dilemma that faced Andy Green, founder of Wakefield-based
Green PR. During 1999's Labour Party conference, Andy was posing for a
photo with the PM when the snapper announced he needed to change
There Andy was, a minute on his own with the British leader. At that
moment his lips carried the responsibility of an entire nation, a nation
crying out for answers.
However, all Green could say in this momentous moment was 'nice speech',
to which Blair replied, 'hmm'.
This missed opportunity has haunted Green ever since, so much so that he
has devised a website - www.aminutewith. com - allowing the masses to
suggest questions for world leaders and showbiz legends ranging from Liz
Taylor to Fidel Castro. A book, with profits going to Amnesty
International, is also in the pipeline.
So far, many have offered incisive questions. However, this can not be
said for someone called Ihor Tymchak who wrote to the website saying he
would use his minute with Joseph Stalin simply to say, 'Thank God you're