Flack: Flack's Week

The Sunday Times' MoD lobbying scandal has sparked one suggestion for safeguarding against further newspaper stings.

APCO senior counsellor Lionel Zetter suggested that all true in-house lobbyists should wear ID badges, meaning that journalists won't be able to fake it.

As Zetter put it: 'We have a situation where journalists are masquerading as lobbyists - we don't want to be brought down to their level.' Charming ...

LightBrigade PR has been promoting the attractively named book The Shape of Shit to Come. Created by the authors of Is It Just Me or is Everything Shit?, the book looks into dodgy futuristic inventions. The agency tells us that many of the media reports have focused on a 'sex robot' designed by some creative chap in America ...

Strange tales abound from the Conservative Party conference. Apparently, the chairman of 'Conservative Friends of Russia' Richard Royal - also Ladbrokes' public affairs manager - dressed up as Vladimir Lenin to promote their 'vodka party' at the conference. Attendees were 'astonished' to see the Bolshevik revolutionary parading around and giving an interview to the Politics Show. Hardly 'on message' is it? ...

The Communications Directors' Forum on the cruise ship Aurora sounded like quite a riot this year, with one source suggesting that there was a fight on the dance floor 'over a girl' on the first night. Fear not - Flack is assured the high seas battle was more 'handbags' than cutlass combat ...

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