Diary: City agencies in the line of protest fire

Less reassuring for the PR industry in general is the trend for action against agencies representing clients that pressure groups consider unethical.

Page two of this issue details how Finsbury has become the latest target (after Lexis PR, JCPR and Ogilvy two weeks ago) - because it works for mining giant Vedanta. But it is not the first time City agencies have experienced bitter protest. A glance through the archives reveals references to disgruntled Manchester United fans and the (in hindsight) largely successful takeover by the Glazer family.

Those with better memories may recall that, in 2004 when the takeover was happening, the Glazers were about as popular as romantic royal helicopter trips using public resources.

The family used Brunswick to advise on all things financially PR-able. Man-U fans decided they did not like Brunswick either. The result? The agency suddenly had unwanted skips and pizzas delivered every hour.

At least the skips provided somewhere to put the empty pizza boxes. Word on the street is agency founder Alan Parker prefers a capricciosa.

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