David Cameron has emerged from his tuscan holiday hangover with a classic tory response to crime – zero tolerance; which presumably means that he was tolerant of crime before. Politicians like to posture like this as a sign they are tough leaders. For the past few years Cameron has sought to distance himself from the traditional conservative stance on crime with his concept of the big society. Last week’s riot has seen a pivot towards the old positions. Whether this is a long term change or simple expediency… We will see.
India fights its reputation of being one of the most corrupt nations in the world, even as the Father of the nation, Gandhi’, had a new book alluding to his bi-sexuality and asking questions about his reputation. The book has clearly lost the interest it piqued when it was first reported and most Indians seemed quite okay about it, though there were the usual smattering of outrage and calls for ban so characteristic of traditional India.
Corruption has been new India’s worry and national shame and only the recent Cricket world cup win has taken the common man’s attention off of corruption. The stage was however set… the large enraged middle class, often struck with helplessness in the whole system of corruption was looking for a spark. And it came in the form of Anna Hazare, a 71-year old activist, who has invoked Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement with a fast unto death to introduce the 1968 Lok Pal bill which has been bypassed by succesive governments. The Gandhi reputation sure seems unshaken! Read the rest of this entry »
The former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin found herself in the firing range as her opponents unleashed fiery criticisms in the wake of the Arizona massacre that left six people dead. Some of her political opponents suggested that the violent political rhetoric could have played a role in the attempted assassination of Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Mrs. Palin has been criticized for the website that she created “Take Back the 20″, which included a map of the US with cross hairs on congressional districts of Democrat candidates including Miss Giffords, which she had singled out for defeat. Read the rest of this entry »
Being Reputation Management Consultants, Reputation Management For.com, have come with our list of top 10 reputation crashes in the year that was! Being the festive season and all, we’re doing it as honors awarded to the great captains of Industries, firms, celebrities and brands that went through a reputation storm in 2010… Read the rest of this entry »
The credibility of Indian media is at an all time low with the recently released audio tapes involving a major corporate house lobbyist Niira Radia and reputed journalists Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi. This episode shows how corruption in the Indian media undermines democracy.
Barkha Dutt is heard saying, “So now what, what should I tell them. Tell me what should I tell them?” and on the other tape Vir Sanghvi, the columnist asks, “What kind of story you want?”
Terms like ‘unethical” and “biased journalism” will be understatements Read the rest of this entry »