Downing Street has moved quickly to remove any appearance of a conflict of interest. The incoming director of communications will not retain his share options in PR firm Chime Communications, the BBC reports.
In government, it is important to remove yourself from any potential conflict of interest. In consultancy, the profit motive should not cloud your judgement and advice. Yet while barristers are rarely associated with the criminals they represent, PR consultants are assumed to be no more than pawns of those who pay the bills.