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All posts by Peter Eastwood

Does the power of celebrity have a place in politics?

Hollywood loves an underdog story. Rocky, Seabiscuit, Trump? Well, perhaps not quite. The world of celebrity (Clint Eastwood aside, no relation) was eerily quiet at Trump’s ascension to the presidency. It seemed a script that even the zaniest Hollywood writer …

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18 Political Campaign Ads that made me question my reality

If anyone ever tells you they are having a bad day, don’t listen to them, because they haven’t spent the last five hours watching Political Campaign Ads/Songs. With the Snap Election just days away, let’s all come together and bask …

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#EdBallsDay & The Best of Political Tweets

  "I know it was you, Fredo…." pic.twitter.com/RGHQRlnLyP — Marina Hyde (@MarinaHyde) June 28, 2016 Personal reputation masterstroke or fortunate blunder? That could be the tagline of Ed Balls’ entire life to date. Unfathomably worse at Twitter than he is …

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Chef leaves the kitchen, Root gets cooking

Alastair Cook was a very British captain. Solid, dependable, conservative, if perhaps a little uninspiring. A steady hand rather than a dashing innovator. Joe Root’s ascendancy to the England captaincy will show him to be a very different man. Root …

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Could Social Media Save English Cricket?

For cricket fans the world over, 2005 evokes every superlative in the cliché book. The Greatest Ashes Series of all time, the series to end all series, theatre on an unparalleled scale in the history of cricket. What a load …

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Hoem Affairs Select Committee Christmas Card

The Weird and Wonderful World of Political Christmas Cards

By Peter Jackson Eastwood & Emily Burditt. It’s the festive season, so what better way to celebrate than to forensically examine just how appalling Politicians Christmas Cards are? Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of political Christmas cards… Nigel Evans …

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Trump, Brexit, Corbyn – the rules of political engagement have changed

Bandying about insults, interrupting his opponent, a winding monologue packed with hyperbole and absent of any detail. Casual observers of US politics could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon an episode of The Apprentice. Except it couldn’t be …

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Will the Relentless Commercialisation of Sport Continue?

The monetisation of sport in the UK is hitting heights in 2016 that were scarcely conceivable just a few years ago. Football has been revolutionised by the astronomical money that the Premier League TV deals have brought in. Cricket could …

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political campaign advert, ballot box

Political Campaign Ads – Bizarre, Boastful & Bewildering

By Peter Jackson Eastwood and Emily Burditt Here at PHA Media, there’s nothing we love more than an integrated campaign. So it’s only right that we pay tribute to the weird and the wonderful of the political media world with …

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Brexit: Could an ‘in’ vote instigate a far-right surge in the UK?

As the dust settles around Norbert Hofer’s close defeat in the Austrian presidential election, it is abundantly clear that European politics is experiencing an escalating shift to the far-right. Hofer ended with 49.7% of the vote, losing out to Alexander …

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Boris Johnson

Public Affairs Top 10: Political Gaffes

Written by Peter Jackson Eastwood & Emily Burditt In honour of the end of Boris Johnson’s tenure as London Mayor – we are celebrating the capital’s favourite accident-prone politician with our top 10 political gaffes. Get behind the sofa folks… …

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Conservative Mayoral Candidate Zac Goldsmith

The 10 Political Campaign Songs You Need To See

By Peter Jackson Eastwood & Emily Burditt.   Zac Goldsmith has drawn widespread ridicule following the release this week of his Mayoral election campaign song. But is he the first politician to get it horribly wrong when it comes to campaign …

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