There’s one point that must be included in every media training course for politicians. That’s the non-hysterical start that I favoured over the more hyperbolic ‘The first rule for politicians when dealing with the media is…’ I don’t actually know at what point it will be included in the course but I’m sure it is there.
It is the exhortation to not accept the premise of the question. If a journalist asks what the politician intends to do about the situation in Freedonia giving any answer simply confirms that there is a situation in Freedonia when there may not be...more
I’m been waiting to see if something happened that I didn’t feel could be successfully dealt with just by tweeting about it and, on Thursday, it happened but it took until today for me to decide I should write up the whole story, or rather the story so far because, as will become clear, it is not close to be complete.
It started when my Google alert for ‘poisonous plant’ took me to a story on Mail Online about a pre-inquest hearing into the death of a gardener. You can read the full story but, in summary, the distraught father of a 33-year old gardener believed his son died after having contact with Aconitum napellus, monkshood, and a histopathologist had told a pre-inquest hearing that he thought it was ‘'more likely than not' that Mr Greenaway died after coming into contact with the deadly purple flowering plant.’..more
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