Flack: Snow, Lobbying, News of the World quiz, and young speakers!

Possibly the Scroogiest response to this week's mighty snowfall came from MD of professional services PR firm Spada, Gavin Ingham Brooke. Instead of congratulating his plucky staff for making it in on Monday, he told them he would hear their requests to leave early on a 'case by case basis'. Brooke's miserly email went on: 'If you believe you cannot make it (tomorrow) - could we either agree a relevant work programme or let you take the day as holiday.'...

On a more serious note, lobbyists stand accused of not being transparent, but what about the people making the accusations? The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency this week placed a full-page ad in The Times - and then declined to tell PRWeek who had funded the ad. 'A member of the alliance,' was all a spokeswoman would say. Now there's transparency for you...

The News of the World's annual quiz at the Riverbank Plaza Hotel saw flacks competing with hacks to see who had the most showbiz knowledge. Henry's House and Hackford Jones were even stevens until HH's Victoria Heiden won the final 'dance off'. Freud Communications came last...

BBC2 has enlisted Alastair Campbell in a show searching for Britain's best young speaker. Apparently, he will share his skills in 'the subtleties of persuasion' with teenagers. Flack wonders if shouting obscenities down the phone at reporters can really be described as 'subtle' or 'persuasive'?

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