LETTER: Granatt's resignation is ethical example

I write to support Mike Granatt, spokesman for the Speaker, who resigned last week.

I worked for Granatt at the Greater London Authority when he was forming the interim media team and I am not surprised at this courageous, decisive action from someone who literally wrote the rulebook for PROs in the 1990s.

All of us will inevitably have to apologise for getting it wrong as the result of bad information. Granatt made it clear that the information he was given was wrong, but instead of shifting blame he has accepted that we are only as good as the information we give out.

Most of us will get away with an apology. At the top level of public life it is a different environment and requires a different response.

The matter of Mr Martin's affairs is for him to assess, but by stepping down without fuss, Granatt has demonstrated the very best ethical standards that PR has to offer and sets out a clear example to others. His action makes it easier for all of us to be proud of our profession and I hope he will continue to have an important role in shaping PR in the future.

Martin Gavin, senior communications officer, Brent Council, London.

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