Paul Blanchard
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Paul is an award-winning PR guru, and runs Right Angles, a consultancy based in London. He also presents a regular podcast focusing on media matters.

Drawing on nearly 15 years’ experience working in PR and politics, he provides a specialist service called ‘CEO PR’ - working with global leaders to build and manage their reputation. Examples of his current clients include a senior MP, CEOs of a major UK bank and several global charities; and a number of successful entrepreneurs.

He presents a fortnightly podcast discussing the current hot media topics, which can be heard here.

Paul is active too on Twitter and LinkedIn, and writes a light-hearted ‘PR jargon buster’.

Entries by Paul Blanchard

I'm Pro-EU, But I'm Still Going to Vote Leave

(2) Comments | Posted 22 June 2016 | (12:10)

I'm a fully paid-up member of the Labour Party. A Blairite. I welcome immigration and support freedom of movement. I wanted us to join the euro. I love Europe and I'm passionately Pro-EU.

But, after a long period of indecision, I'm going to vote Leave on...

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Madness or Genius - 24 The North's National Newspaper

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2016 | (12:07)

In early June I caught a couple of articles talking about the potential launch of a new daily national newspaper for the North of England and Southern Scotland. My first thought was: they're mad. Bonkers. That'll last five minutes, if it gets off the ground at all. And then I...

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Brexit, Politics and the Media vs the Undecideds

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2016 | (16:00)

We're on the home straight. The time is nearly nigh. In just over a month, we'll vote in the EU Referendum. The polls are close and the stakes are high. It's clear that the undecideds will decide it. And because of this, we're on the cusp of a media and...

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What Does Our Obsession With The Panama Papers Say About Us?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2016 | (12:15)

When the Panama Papers were released we were all shocked. Headlines screamed this shock in 50 point text; newspapers set up 'live' rolling news pages and the broadcast media dragged in every tax expert and politico they could find from here to Belize, to articulate this shock.

But actually...

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Face It: In 2016, You Just Can't Spin Disability Cuts

(11) Comments | Posted 22 March 2016 | (23:00)

PR is the bedrock on which our government is built. It's right at the heart of the way it operates. We have never had a more media-savvy government or PR-aware leadership. So why did they think they could spin their way around the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) disability cuts?

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Is Social Media Creating an Insult-Culture?

(1) Comments | Posted 26 February 2016 | (11:33)

Right now, insulting other people is cool. It's the latest trend. Everyone is doing it - even the Prime Minister. In fact, over the last few months politicians and wannabe politicos the world over have elevated it to a fine art.

Recent face-to-face jibes focus on quite personal stuff...

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Will the Media Win the EU Referendum?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2016 | (23:00)

On 5 June 1975, 67% of the British electorate voted to stay in the European Economic Community (EEC) or Common Market. The turnout was a whopping 65%. The media rejoiced - it was their result.

But what about this time? It's different now, isn't it? It's much closer. People...

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I'm Offended By the Church of England's Cinema Advert PR Stunt

(7) Comments | Posted 23 November 2015 | (12:50)

It wouldn't be Christmas without ads for everything including food, furniture, perfume, toys, Coca-Cola, John Lewis and, of course, the Church of England. Even though we forget between Christmases, the Church of England has a long history of festive ad campaigns and this year's ad is a classic PR stunt....

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Press Paywalls Are Dying Because Tech Giants Are Eating Our Media

(1) Comments | Posted 16 November 2015 | (23:00)

Last week

The Sun ditched its paywall. Not a surprise. Everyone nodded sagely. You can sell more advertising without one, they said. Look at the Daily Mail. Paywalls are so last year.

But everyone missed a huge red flag: dropping paywalls is another sign that we're on the...

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New Leader, New Politics, 'New' Labour? Old Story

(3) Comments | Posted 28 September 2015 | (10:36)

In May, the Tories won the general election... again. But they were beaten into second place by registered voters who didn't bother to go to the polling station on the day. They amounted to 34% of the 'vote', leaving the Tories trailing on only 24%. On top of...

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Ed Miliband Didn't Just Lose Us The Election - He Killed the Labour Party Stone Dead

(158) Comments | Posted 20 August 2015 | (00:00)

The Labour Party is about to expire. In a few short weeks' time this once-proud political force will be officially reduced to an ineffective, screeching ball of 'passion', chanting 'Tory Scum' and crying foul from the sidelines. Meanwhile, the vast majority of the voting public will shrug their shoulders and...

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I'm Glad Kids Company Has Closed

(4) Comments | Posted 6 August 2015 | (15:35)

The mainstream British media has been fawning all over Kids Company and Camila Batmanghelidjh for decades. In most articles Ms Batmanghelidjh comes across as a latter-day Mother Theresa. And the charity's celebrity donors read like a list of British cultural icons of the 21st Century; everyone from current Chairman Alan...

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Twitter And Video-On-Demand - Shifting The TV Balance of Power?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2015 | (12:06)

In April, David Lynch took to Twitter to announce that he was not going to direct the new Twin Peaks TV series. He couldn't negotiate the right money with Showtime, the network funding its production. Fans were in uproar. Almost immediately, Showtime issued a statement saying nothing had changed -...

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Free NME - Madness or a Smart Move?

(1) Comments | Posted 8 July 2015 | (10:37)

This week the New Musical Express (NME) announced that from September, it will be free. More than 300k copies will be at stations, universities and stores nationwide. The news was received by the media in its usual upbeat way: 'Sad fate for old-school music weekly as NME becomes free sheet',...

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It's Time to Abolish the 12A Film Rating

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2015 | (00:00)

Cinema film classifications are essential. We need them. But 12A doesn't work. It encourages studios to dumb-down adult action movies to fit the rating; allows incorrectly classified older films to scare the pants off 10 year olds, and makes 13-year-olds believe that when you shoot someone they don't bleed, scream...

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Six Pieces of Advice for New MPs

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2015 | (12:36)

Dear Newly Elected Members of Parliament,

Firstly, welcome to Westminster! And now for the fun part. This is the part you've been campaigning for, dreaming about, fearing, and perhaps not daring yourself to think about too clearly in case it didn't happen: you're an MP. It happened. Well done.

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Scrap Trident - Thinking The Unthinkable

(13) Comments | Posted 27 May 2015 | (00:00)

I'm a Blairite. I'm tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime. I want a strong military and I'm big on national security. Up until about two weeks ago, I'd always laughed when someone said they wanted to scrap Trident. Then I realised that actually I was Pavlov's dog:...

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Thomas Cook and the Art of Saying 'Sorry'

(3) Comments | Posted 18 May 2015 | (13:31)

Thomas Cook is up the creek with no available paddle. Their management team had a number of very good paddles but their CEO threw them all out of the boat 10 yards from the bank. So now they're drifting towards the rapids. It's likely they will be smashed to bits...

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Forget 'The Sun', It's Russell Brand Wot Won It!

(55) Comments | Posted 5 May 2015 | (12:09)

The media is about to lose the plot. Why? Russell Brand has entered the fray. He has put a bat up the nightdress of the media. Consequently, Russell now walks in the footsteps of giants such as John Prescott's left fist, Mrs 'Bigot' and John Major's wooden soapbox. He is...

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Facebook News - One Step Closer to Facebook Media Inc?

(2) Comments | Posted 2 April 2015 | (00:00)

Once upon a time, there was a social network called Facebook. Everyone loved it because you could keep in touch with your friends and post photos to satisfy Aunty Mary that you weren't dead or something. Then one day, Facebook grew up, got rich and changed into a terrifying entity...

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