Saturday, May 21, 2005

Welcome To That Special, Intimate Circle of Hell

reserved for practitioners of Public Relations. Today's inductee: international mega-PR firm Hill & Knowlton, which has signed, doubtless in blood, a £350,000 contract with the government of Uganda to bleach its reeking international reputation to a gleaming, human-rights-scented whiteness.

Here's James Barbour, Associate Director [Of Murderous Despot Laundering, one presumes] at H&K: 'What we are doing is encouraging dialogue between the Ugandan government and people like Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, Oxfam. It's not about spinning a different version of the truth, its about making sure that the Ugandans are having the right conversations with the right people.'

Honestly, you have to feel for the murderous despotic regimes, with their pitiable lack of the right conversations. It's not that they're so bad, it's that nobody ever wants to hear their side.

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