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David Parkin gets a tongue lashing and highlights crass PR stunts

1st March 2013

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I SUPPOSE you can't please all of the people all of the time.

That was my conclusion when this time last week an email dropped into my inbox with the words: "Do we have a right of reply to the unmitigated pile of poorly-researched c**p you’ve published in your article today on Sheffield City Airport?"

Ooh dear, who've I annoyed now?

Neville Martin, development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses.

He, unsurprisingly, had taken issue with my criticism of the FSB spending time campaigning ......for the full story register now for free or login below...


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Mmm, well if Sheffield's having its airport back I'm going to open one in my own back garden and pinch a bit of land from the farmer at the end of it. We'll be able to fly, ooh, probably even two Cessna 150s which I'm registered to fly. I'm going to call it The Whitaker Air Transport Scheme or, for short, Erm...perhaps not. Sheffield's never going to be a worldwide air transit hub is it? Get real, guys.

Paul Whitaker

Mmm, well if Sheffield's having its airport back I'm going to open one in my own back garden and pinch a bit of land from the farmer at the end of it. We'll be able to fly, ooh, probably even two Cessna 150s which I'm registered to fly. I'm going to call it The Whitaker Air Transport Scheme or, for short, Erm...perhaps not. Sheffield's never going to be a worldwide air transit hub is it? Get real, guys.

Paul Whitaker

Considering that the call up for volunteers during WW2 was to fight Italy who were part of the German axis it does seem a rather odd pr link from an Italian restaurant. How about Monte Casino as a new name after the famous battle. On Sheffield City Airport ignore all the bluster this one aint going to fly.

malcolm cowing

David - I have always found you fair, objective and a relentless pursuer of the truth. Must go , I`ve forgotten to take my tablets this morning !

Mike Firth

Certainly brightened my day and, yes, PR only has itself to blame for a poor reputation when it puts out rubbish like that.

Deborah Hastie

Highly entertaining !!!

Paul Martin

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