Great example of good corporate communications (in stark contrast to shockingly bad approach). Norwich Council sent out a letter telling hair salon owners that they would be prosecuted if they served mulled wine (or any alcohol) to customers during the festive period – warning them they could face six months in jail and a £20,000 fine. Prime example of public sector over zealous madness. Cue Steve Morphew, city council leader on the Today show – you could hear the glee in John Humphrys' voice at the prospect of grilling another bumbling bureaucrat. But this is where it got interesting, he launched into a "So Mr Morphew, isn't it ridiculous to be wasting public money chasing hairdressers who are just giving their customers a bit of festive cheer?" (or words to that effect). "Yes" came the answer. Now agreeing with him isn't something JH is used to so there was a slight pause at which point Mr Morphew carried on, "It was a complete mistake, that letter should never have gone out. I can only apologise and say that although it's technically correct to say that we could prosecute hairdressers for serving alcohol, of course this was heavy handed and unnecessary." Hurrah, a public figure that doesn't try to dress it up and argue the difference, they just hold their hands up and say sorry. It's such a better approach than the one Council's usually take. Everyone is forgiving of mistakes but they're not forgiving of spin. He went on to have a chat with JH who, you could tell, was feeling exactly the same thing, and it ended up being a positive piece. Just a shame that you can't appease Google the same way.
*image courtesy of Satbir