Clifford's seventh debate at the institution saw him contend alongside
PRWeek writer Amanda Platell and 2001 PRWeek Awards presenter Jon Snow
that politicians wield more power than the media. He pointed out that
senior politicians passed 21 acts of Parliament last year to the media's
score of zero, arguing: 'While the media has great influence, it's Tony
Blair who decides whether we back the US and whether or not to reveal if
his kids have had the MMR vaccine'.
The result was a landslide, with the trio defeating CNN European
political editor Robin Oakley, Independent editor Simon Kelner and
Spectator editor Boris Johnson by 417 votes to 138.
Clifford admits he would have been willing to take part on either side
of the debate since 'I sometimes prefer to argue against what I believe