Nice Work If You Can Get It

One day I fancy I might make the transition from journalism to PR. And I know what sort of thing I’d do. It wouldn’t be an aid agency, a fluffy animal zoo or a chocolate company. That would be too easy. No, if you are going to do anything then I reckon it’s good to give yourself a bit of a challenge. I’d opt for Rio Tinto, the Burmese government or John Terry. More of an intellectual challenge to defend the, erm, defensively-challenged.

I don’t why I started thinking about this.

On other matters, an email reaches me from Marcus Courage. You remember him? He cropped up in Kenya at about the time President Mwai Kibaki was mobilising the forces of darkness to steal an election. This is how one newspaper reported the campaign…

THE controversial re-election campaign of Mwai Kibaki, the Kenyan president, was masterminded by an Old Etonian public relations consultant who previously promoted Bob Geldof’s Live 8 campaign to tackle poverty in Africa. Marcus Courage oversaw the communications team for Kibaki, whose government faces possible European Union sanctions for alleged vote-rigging.

As the article goes on to make clear, there was of course no suggesting that Courage had anything to do with the ethnic slurs bandied around by Kibaki supporters or that he benefited from cash stolen by the government. But nice to know that being associated with Kibaki’s corrupt regime hasn’t affected business. Courage is now working for the government of Gabon, offering us the views of its new president Ali Bongo Ondimba, who by coincidence assumed power on the deathof his father, the country’s former dictator, following disputed elections…

The press release tells us that President Ali Bongo Ondimba met Hillary Clinton.

Concerning Iran, President Ali Bongo Ondimba said:  ‘We will work with all Security Council members. It is not for us to reassure Iran, it is for them to reassure us.’ He is expected to shed more light on his objectives for Gabon’s term as president of the Security Council in a speech to the International Peace Institute tomorrow.


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