Politics and advertising have a great deal in common. Both have their quota of avid self-promoters, both have a fondness for knocking copy to discredit the competition and both have a love of endless surveys and focus groups. But should Alastair Campbell have the power to intervene in the running of Whitehall ad campaigns, as the Government has finally admitted (Campaign, 26 July)? However unlikely, the very thought makes many people uncomfortable.
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