Ian Guider: Declan Kelly, of all people, should have realised his departure from Teneo was inevitable

Social media and the 24-hour news cycle mean prominent figures accused of misbehaviour can no longer just lie low until the fuss dies down

4th July, 2021
Ian Guider: Declan Kelly, of all people, should have realised his departure from Teneo was inevitable
Declan Kelly, who stepped down as chief executive of Teneo amid global adverse publicity following a drunken incident at a party. Picture: Getty Images

Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s communications guru, is one adherent to the rule that if the media focuses on the same story for more than ten days it has become a proper scandal.

This prolonged media interest in a story distracts from the actual work of a government or company and the person responsible for that storm has to pay the ultimate price with their job. During the Blair years, more than a few...

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