Diary: Platell fails to get a grip on the plague

Former Conservative Party media director Amanda Platell was this week on hand with crisis comms advice to help three captains of industry with a Black Death outbreak in Liverpool.

The simulated epidemic of bubonic and pneumonic plague was staged for BBC2's new Sunday offering Crisis Command: Could You Run the Country?.

Presenter Gavin Hewitt needled contestants Alan Schofield, a textile technologist at NJT Associates, Kay Hammond, MD of Tamba Internet, and Robert Bean, founder of brand and advertising consultancy Banc, to manage the crisis as Liverpudlians fell like flies.

As part of the show's regular panel of advisers (which includes former RAF Air Marshal Sir Tim Garden and crime and security expert Charles Shoebridge), Platell suggested not calling in the army and not quarantining a plague-infested hospital in a bid to avoid 'Hospital of Death' headlines. With gems such as these, one can only wonder what Platell's advice will be in the next three episodes, respectively entitled 'Terrorist Attack', 'Hostage' and 'Storm'.

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