Flack on Friday: Trade body love, Donald Trump, John 'MaoDonnell', and Pixie Lola (dog)

This week in Flack: Charismatic leaders Francis Ingham, Donald Trump and John McDonnell work the crowds, and a canine PR celebrates the release of share equity (probably).

Trump in 2011 (Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)
Trump in 2011 (Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)


Flack and the PRWeek news team have both noted the force and frequency with which PRCA boss Francis Ingham has been speaking up against both the "parasites" of the NLA recently, and the alleged nature of the CIPR's relationship with the copyright body. Of course, it is all for the sake of the industry and nothing personal, but it was nonetheless heartwarming to hear that Ingham and his former employers were still happy to team up in releasing a rare joint statement on the lobbying register yesterday, with Ingham sharing the love at a PRCA event last night.

PR, Trump-style

Flack wonders whether 'The Donald', as the be-wigged US Republican presidential candidate is also known, may actually be some kind of campaign genius (bear with us).

OK, so his comments on banning Muslims from the US are the sort of reprehensible hogwash that have rightly earned him condemnation around the world, even among his fellow Conservatives - not to mention a petition to Parliament demanding he be banned from entering the UK having now been signed by more than half a million people. But Flack notes, with no small amount of trepidation, that the unvarnished voice of ultra-right wing, corporate America is currently polling at around 30 per cent and every time he opens his mouth those numbers creep up a little more.

Who will The Donald turn his attention to next? Freckled people? Flack is going into hiding.

Little red booking

Back on this side of the pond, PR professionals may remember shadow chancellor John McDonnell – or MaoDonnell as he has since been nicknamed – thought it would be fun to quote from Chairman Mao's Little Red Book, and then throw his copy of the tome across the dispatch box to George Osborne when responding to last month's Autumn Statement.

The local Labour Party groups in Battersea and Putney in south west London were clearly already aware of McDonnell's love of all things Chinese – he was guest of honour at their Christmas dinner, taking place next week at a London establishment called... China Boulevard on the River.

Working like a dog

When did it become normal for pets to become fully fledged members of staff, complete with their own title? In PR, anything goes, so it seems...

Flack thought chief monkey was slightly absurd - although that turned out to be a real person - but this example takes the biscuit (literally). Meet Pixie Lola, chief snack strategist at Plus 1 Digital. The London and Mumbai-based agency has just acquired London PR firm AKH Communications, bringing the merged and rebranded firm Plus 1 Communication's total staffcount to 35. With all those extra mouths to feed Pixie Lola certainly has her work cut out.

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