Flack: Derek Draper, Lexington Communications, and Noel Edmonds

Labour's new web supremo Derek Draper has a cracking cautionary tale about the power of the internet. At a 'New media, new politics?' lunch discussion hosted by Apex Communications this week, Draper recalled when he was in California, training to be a psychotherapist. 'A colleague over there said to me: "I've been googling a few people and you want to be careful as there's another Derek Draper in England and he's a complete twat!" - I said: "Yeah, I've heard of him"'...

But not everyone is at the cutting edge of new media. Take Lexington Communications, whose website proudly features a monthly update of important issues in corporate comms and the media. The most recent update, however, was made last March. Surprising, when the man listed as a contact should be no stranger to deadlines: Lexington director Gidon Freeman - former editor of PRWeek...

Perhaps the most talked about PR professional in the media this week is Jim Van den Bos of Wealden District Council press office. Noel Edmonds launched into a red-cheeked spit-flying tirade against hapless Van den Bos on his Sky show, stating that the PRO is 'at the heart of everything that is wrong with this country'. His crime? Van den Bos 'sneered' when producers invited the council onto the show. Let this be a warning PR people - sneer at Edmonds and suffer!

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