The SDLP ar advertising for a Communications Manager to head up their Media Team.
I know what you are all thinking. Why have they not simply approached…me. Well obviously I am more than capable and would do it or half the Kings Ransom offered in the “package”. In fact, I have a bus pass and can travel for FREE so they don’t even have to pay me expenses except the small amount I will fraudulently claim. As I understand from the Leveson Inquiry…journos like to claim some dodgy expenses. It doesn’t effect their Ethics…apparently.
Well the SDLP have ignored me and put the Job out to tender. They are looking for someone with ten years experience in Print or Broadcast Media. This …you will note…rules me out. But it invites another “Poacher” to turn “Gamekeeper”. In Norn Iron EVERYTHING is about Public Relations. the one true (no pun intended) growth industry. The Norn Iron Government employs more journalists than all of Norn Irons newspapers combined.
Journalists are the very worst people to deal with Journalists. I declare an interest. In late 2010, before I joined the SDLP, I applied to be an intern (the worlds oldest) in the SDLP. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. And that is a great pity…because I thought I might enjoy handing out press releases to Martina Purdy (with optional flirting) and witholding the latest press release from Eamonn Mallie until he supplied some ID. Eamonn Mallie does not strike me as self-regarding or in any way pompous and he would have seen the funny side.
About a year ago, I mentioned my failed internship application to a senior SDLP person and explained I had all the aptitudes to work in the SDLP Press Office. His reaction was to say “oh Jesus…no”. Which was lacking encouragement.
But maybe SDLP are playing it smart. They get to pay a lucky ex journo a Kings Ransom and they get me blogging for them…for free.
But the job specifies TEN years experience…and this effectively rules out anyone under thirty years of age. That is disappointing. The SDLP has at least eight people under that age on the Party Executive.
So who will get the job? I suppose it will be a local based journalist and that could be interesting because the criteria includes a commitment to SDLP…so the pool of applicants with ten years journalistic experience seems limited. To make a short list of say five people from ten journalist applicants….then their “closet” politics would surely have to be known to SDLP insiders.
A thought occurs. I am an occasional SDLP member. I publish a Blog which says nice things about the SDLP. I have presented theSLP cease on different sites. Will the SDLP Executive invite me on to the Panel interviewing candidates?