Diary: Taking credit where it wasn’t necessarily due

I wouldn’t want to suggest that the Diary has any kind of Hello!

I wouldn’t want to suggest that the Diary has any kind of Hello!



effect, but let the following sorry tale serve as a warning.



Two weeks ago PR Week brought you the tale of ex-Sun journalist Paul

Hooper who, just after joining Kent County Council as media and public

affairs manager, revealed how he had faced a barrage of media interest in

the Slovakian refugees arriving at Dover.



Except he didn’t. Face a barrage that is. PR Week’s story opened a can of

worms down at the council’s Maidstone HQ, with fellow PROs outraged at

Hooper taking the credit for a job which, it emerges, he was minimally

involved in.



Hooper is now absent from his post at the council. Head of corporate

communications Gerry Moore would make no comment on the situation, except

to say that Hooper is now ’on leave’.



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