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Better Together is Westminster sleaze at its best

9 Sep
Better Together’s campaign strategy seems to reflect much of what is wrong with the current state of the UK.

In June of this year, M&C Saatchi was appointed to lead their advertising operations. M&C Saatchi was of course founded by Charles Saatchi, cautioned by police last year after assaulting his then-wife Nigela Lawson. With such a pedigree in terms of respecting women, perhaps the patronising TV advert they produced is no wonder.

Better Together’s social media campaigning has since the beginning of their campaign been run by Blue State Digital. That company has run campaigns for the Labour Party as well as Obama’s two successful presidential campaigns. It is also owned by WPP plc, a UK-based company that has been implicated in tax avoidance, using schemes in Luxembourg, Ireland and the Netherlands. The Guardian has estimated that between 2003 and 2009 WPP plc paid around a fifth of the corporate tax it should have paid, resulting in a £100 million shortfall.

In drawing on the old boys’ networks of London advertising agencies and supporting tax avoidance by providing revenue to WPP plc, Better Together, in contrast to their recent promises of increased powers for Scotland, seems to be UK politics as usual. Actions speak louder than words, and the actions of Better Together reveal them to be fundamentally embedded in the ugliest side of Westminster sleaze.

Facebook censorship (don’t worry, it doesn’t actually work)

26 Apr

At the Unlike Us #3 conference in March, Peter Olsthoorn, the Dutch journalist behind The Power of Facebook, asked who among the some 100 people in the audience likes Facebook. Only 3 or 4 people raised their hands, of which I was one. It wasn’t such a surprise given that Geert Lovink, one of the conference’s organisers and head of the Institute of Network Cultures, took part in Quit Facebook Day back in May 2010.

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