With Channel 4 News revealing that staff of controversial spin doctor Lynton Crosby had deleted criticism from his Wikipedia page, it’s worth having a look at exactly what: On 9 December 2012 references to Crosby’s dog-whistling tactics were removed: In the 2005 British general election, in what Robert E. Goodin calls “the classic case” of dog-whistling, […]

A libel case in Australia could see David Cameron’s controversial adviser Lynton Crosby officially branded a hypocrite. Crosby and his business partner Mark Textor — who hit the headlines last month for a racially-charged comment about an Asian politician — are suing a former Aussie MP for accusing them of “push polling”. Mustachioed Mike Kelly […]

A pollster signed to the Conservative Party in a £500,000 deal has been forced to apologise for claiming an Indonesian politician “looks like a 1970’s Pilipino [sic] porn star”. Mark Textor — sidekick of David Cameron’s controversial adviser Lynton Crosby — levelled the comment at Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa during a row over spying: https://twitter.com/markatextor/status/403347192439529472 An […]

David Cameron hosted “transparency champions” from across the globe at 10 Downing Street last week. He’s lucky they aren’t British — because they would doubtless be wondering why the PM won’t reveal the corporate lobbying clients of his new advisers. Unlike other consultancies, the shadowy Tory lobbying company whose owners ran Boris Johnson’s mayoral campaign and now […]

CTF Partners shuns lobbying transparency initiatives Refused to answer questions on City Hall meetings Campaign director and deputy are partners in company The corporate lobbying firm running Boris Johnson’s election campaign refuses to publish its list of clients — despite mounting industry pressure and wider concern over cash-for-influence and conflicts of interest within politics. Although […]