A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort
Thought for the week
“The IFS has exposed who is paying the price for George Osborne’s economic failure. Their figures show that middle and low earners lost out from the autumn statement, with the poorest 40% losing more than the richest tenth.” Rachel Reeves, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, on the Coalition Government’s continued austerity measures.
Worth the paper it’s printed on
Light news success stories in the papers this week included…
…X Factor pretty boy James Arthur flirting with women, and charming his way into 5 stories, by comparison a ban on commercial wildlife hunting introduced in Botswana was only featured in 1…
…Lindsay Lohan’s arrest in New York following a row in a night club, the crux of 15 articles, far more than the 5 reporting on Mexico’s new president, Enrique Pena Nieto…
… and finally, X Factor, again, with 6 headlines explaining how contestant Ryan Clarke landing himself a job presenting ITV’s Daybreak show, meanwhile, only 3 looked at how record numbers of GCSE and A-level papers are being sent back for remarking, leading to 45,000 grade changes.
What started life as a joke on the Pizza Hut Canada Facebook page has since blossomed into a full blown mini-campaign, with coverage appearing in Examiner and The Sun amongst other places. The public was asked what this global restaurant chain smelled like, and then professionals bottled the scent, mailing samples out to the first 100 people who sent the company a message. Strange but true.
Starbucks recently laid claim to our cock up of the week with the whole tax avoidance thing. Subsequently public pressure has forced the coffee giant to pledge some £20million to HMRC over the next two years. However, there are now concerns over where this money will come from after The Guardian revealed paid lunch breaks, sick leave and maternity benefits would be cut for thousands of the firm’s UK staff, sparking protests.
Things that might happen next week…
On Monday December 10th Barack Obama will travel to Detroit to discuss economics, a city where the population has shrunk from 2million to under 800,000 in less than a decade due to the collapse of industry, whilst five days later Egypt will hold a referendum on its much-disputed constitutional government, and the UK could face the coldest week of the year so far.
Dates for your diary
Wednesday 12th, Leeds – Cafe Connect @ The Old Broadcasting House; Businesses, freelancers, and employees from any creative or media industries are invited to this quarterly networking bash.
Thursday 13th December, Manchester – Ludaxmas: Manchester Digital Christmas Party @ The Soup Kitchen; Manchester Digital takes over one of the Northern Quarter’s prime haunts for dancing, drinking and cavorting late into the evening.
If there is a success story, blunder, or news event you’d like to see included email helloATsmokinggun.co.uk or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!