Welcome! My day job is at the communications agency Blue Rubicon and I am also a Visiting Lecturer at City University. I edit the monthly newsletter, Liberal Democrat Newswire. This is my personal blog – with my views, expressed on behalf of myself. Take a look around – and do comment on what you see.

Politics

The unelected man behind one of the most important Lib Dem achievements in government

28 July 2014

He isn’t a minister. He’s not elected. He’s not even an unelected member of the House of Lords. But he’ll be able to look back on this Parliament as one where he made a much bigger contribution than many Liberal Democrat ministers.

Technology

This article will self-destruct: the rise of ephemeral messaging

16 July 2014

The rise of ephemeral messaging poses a new challenge for social media monitoring. How do you measure something that isn’t there? From the moment the first status message was shared, social media measurement has been a vexed question for those who want to judge communications work by more than just gut feel. But the latest […]

History

FOOTNOTE ‡: Are US Military Bases and Embassies American Soil?

14 July 2014

Watch the new fun (yet educational) video from CGP Grey:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  

Media & PR

The ministry of data

22 July 2014

Unusually for a reshuffle move, Ed Vaizey’s new job is one for which he has plenty of relevant experience in government.