The inhabitants of PS Programmes Towers have had entrepreneurship and freelancing on their minds of late: Tom has been to the National Freelancers Day event at LSO St Luke’s, and Ian has been talking about the ups, downs and sideways of being a freelance writer to students at SOAS and the Jo Richardson Community School. (more…)Read More
Monica Lewinsky’s speech to the Forbes Under 30 Conference this week coincided with a trip by Ian Hawkins, one of the PS Programmes team to New York City. Lewinsky, even today, is something of an enigma. A public figure - who hasn’t spoken in public for over a decade. Although she had a profound (if unwitting) influence on politics, she’s…Read More
This serious-minded and business-oriented blog may be your first port of call for thoughtful discourse on the current trends in communications and public affairs, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to let our hair down, and this week, we had a great reason to do so. 'Insider Secrets of Public Speaking' is officially out - and we had…Read More
By a strange coincidence, the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband faced the nightmare that according to our recent survey, most terrifies people: he forgot a key part of his speech. Normally forgetting your words isn't a big deal, we tell clients. Only the speaker knows what's missing - unless of course, you're a party leader making the most…Read More
'Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.' Alfred Austin, Poet Laureate. Surveys - be they on issues of vital importance or profound triviality - are a seemingly endless source of intrigue: are you in or out of step with how others feel about the EU, do you hold the majority view on capital…Read More
Politics, the old joke goes, is showbusiness for ugly people. But that joke might be on the way out: if you have a great face for local radio, that might no longer be enough if you aspire to hold public office. (more…)Read More
"That was only a yard away from being an inch-perfect pass." Murdo MacLeod It's the World Cup, and at PS Programmes Towers we are very excited by the drama and spectacle of the Beautiful Game. We don't expect everyone to share our passion, but we had hoped that Phil Neville would be on our side. His 'monotonous' and 'dreary' style…Read More
Speaking to a group of students, we were asked what qualities were necessary to be a writer. The library in which the event was taking place was intimidating: shelf after shelf of books from anthropology to Zoroastrianism, millions of minds contributing from antiquity to the latest Tweet. What connects them all? 'You won't be a writer,' we agreed, 'until you're…Read More
So what do we in the media make of the significant gains UKIP have made in this week's local and European elections. It's a big achievement for a small party - and even more impressive when you look back through the recent UKIP appearances in the media and notice that they attract bad stories with the gravitational pull of a…Read More
Whatever you think of Jeremy Clarkson and Russell Brand, a significant minority of young people think either of them would make a better Prime Minister than Nick Clegg, though it's hard to imagine any of them getting the trains to run on time. (more…)Read More
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.