Diary: Building no bridges with the Commons people

As all-comers smooze up to New Labour, Chevron Presentation’s chairman Philip Geddes clearly has no qualms about alienating the new Government and its supporters.

As all-comers smooze up to New Labour, Chevron Presentation’s

chairman Philip Geddes clearly has no qualms about alienating the new

Government and its supporters.



In a four-page ’New Labour New Wheezes?’ newsletter, sent to the

communications skills training company’s clients, Geddes offers fulsome

advice on the new regime.



He urges people to watch out for a whole bunch of banana skins,

including ’inspired Eurofudge’, ’hidden tax-raising’ and ’instant

legislation on the basis of media hype’. Prime Minister Blair’s team is,

he says, ignorant of life outside the public sector and about Whitehall

so they are, thus, terrified of putting a foot wrong.



The client, he concludes, should ’plan future communications strategies

with an eye to influencing the ill-formulated - and certainly not very

ideological plans - of an inexperienced administration.’



Geddes admits the newsletter has sparked a few wry calls from

clients.



’It will probably make me very unpopular with politicians but I don’t

care. Politicians are not important,’ he says.



I suspect Lord Geddes of Chevron will be some time in coming.



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