Diary: If you schmooze, you can't lose..

A more successful event was hosted by Lewis last week, featuring Observer hack-turned-author Nick Davies, who blasted the often 'disgusting' practices of PR agencies, naming and shaming Hill & Knowlton in particular for its alleged work with despotic regimes.

During a panel debate, Davies called the relationship between PR and journalism 'a toxic chemistry', with the comms industry exploiting 'the inherent, pathetic structural weaknesses of the way Fleet Street works'. All fair points, unless you stop to consider his appearance - next to a signed pile of his books, ready to flog - at a PR schmooze-a-thon.

As our own editor Danny Rogers countered, on the panel: 'His book was released on a Sunday for a Monday, he's on the Today programme, he does a series of events. And then there's the classic technique, the study from Cardiff University, to back up his claims.'

Sounds like there's a job waiting in PR, Nick.

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