Politicians need to re-examine faith in backroom gurus
Smoke-blowing is highly addictive. Five former Fine Gael aides are now working as PR advisers to the tobacco industry. They are, no doubt, delighted with the opportunity to market a product that boasts a more positive public image.
It's high time politicians re-examined the faith they invest in their backroom gurus. With notable exceptions, politicians are concerned with the common good.
Spin-doctors, by contrast, are salespeople. Today, they'll sell health reform; tomorrow, they'll sell cigarettes.