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Camilla Ferranit, pictured above, makes up one of many other glamorous faces that Silvio Berlusconi has unveiled as prospective European Parliamentary MPs for Italy. 

If his candidates are political lightweights and don’t have an idea between them, this is a shameless PR stunt that will doubtless backfire.  The vast majority of people take elections for who will represent them very seriously and any attempt to turn the European elections into a beauty contest will almost certainly be rebuffed.

However, if they are equally or more politically competent, driven and engaged with the population than a bunch of grey haired fella’s then I applaud Mr Berlusconi for bringing in to politics, in his words, “new and young faces”.

Make Labour’s next U-turn an EU-turn

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The Conservative Party have release a new widget to launch their EU election campaign.  It’s based around the argument that The Labour Party promised a referendum on the EU Constitution and this has, according to the Tories, not been delivered.

The word play around ‘U-turn’ and ‘EU-turn’ doesn’t really make sense – what is an ‘EU-turn’?  It’s quite a basic widget and not that interesting, but they’ve made it INCREDIBLY easy to share so I imagine a lot of supporters will host it. 

If it is plastered over the interent I imagine it will be quite effective, even if the copywriter would be arrested by the logic police.

Ruffled Feathers

The ANC Youth League in South Africa have made threats of direct action and legal complaints against Nandos for the above advertisment.  The major complaint is that it is a racist portrayal of ANC Youth Leader Julius Malema.  Nandos are claiming that haven’t fallen foul of any legislation (pun shamefully intended).

Mr Pinty’s Protest


Above is a photo from the press stunt that was held in Westiminster recently to further promote the Axe The Beer Tax campaign.  This campaign is begining to pick up steam, with major brewers adding their weight with in-pub promotions and poster sites on the outside of breweries. 

With the Chancellor’s budget report happening tomorrow, this campaign (and others across the political and issue spectrum) will be waiting with baited breath for some good news.  Given the grave economic times, it is extremely unlikely that the beer tax will indeed be axed, but I doubt this will prevent Pinty and the gang having a few brews tomorrow after Darling’s speech!

The economic case for law changes on political advertising

Individuals and organisations have spent just over $270 million on political issue advertising in North America since Obama’s inauguration.  Experts predict that $1 billion could be spent in the USA on political advertising before the end of the year. 


Evan Tracey of Campaign Media Analysis Group reckons it’s all down to dough:


“If you look at what’s on the table — everything from how to unionize to how we’re going to get our energy to how we’re going to get health care to how big the government’s going to be and what role the government’s going to play — you have some interests with very big pockets that have an awful lot at stake”


Regardless of what’s causing it, political advertising contributes significantly to the American economy.  Not to keep whingeing about media laws in the UK, but advertising and media industries (which benefit the rest of the economy) could really do with getting a substantial extra revenue stream.  The moral argument has been clearly made for changing political advertising laws in the UK, perhaps it’s time for the economic one to be made too.

Political Advertising and Human Rights

Another day, another ruling that banning advertising with political content from the airwaves is illegal.  Adbusters – who made the above spot – has scored a great victory in The Supreme Court of British Columbia in Canada.  In a case against Canada’s CBC and Canwest Global, the court ruled that the airwaves are a public property where freedom of speech must prevail (judges’ ruling here).