In the wake of the Independent’s revelations on dodgy lobbying, Bell Pottinger will be investigated by a PR industry trade body after a complaint was made by a top spinner from a rival firm. According to PR Week’s David Singleton, Mark Adams of Lansons Communications, whose clients such as JP Morgan and RBS Insurance, has filed a written complaint with the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).
According to the body’s disciplinary procedures, any complaint brought my a member against another member will be investigated by the PRCA’s Professional Practices Committee. Scrapbook imagines the following sections might crop up at some point:
“political consultants are required not to act or engage in any practice or conduct in any manner detrimental to the reputation of the Association or the profession of political organisations in general.”
“Neither propose nor undertake any action which would constitute an improper influence on organs of government, or on legislation, or on the media of communication.”
Public affairs will eat itself!