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Andrew Eborn- THE WEEK THAT WAS 06 02 20

Andrew Eborn- THE WEEK THAT WAS 06 02 20

In this award-winning series renowned international lawyer, brand and business strategist, futurologist, producer, broadcaster, speaker and investigative journalist Andrew Eborn, President of Octopus TV and Knot The Truth and Founder of the Octopus TV Failure Awards, shines a light on the stories dominating the headlines.


As we say in television, welcome back after the break!

It’s been another monu-MENTAL week which saw yet more of my predictions come to fruition.

As I predicted, Teflon Trump triumphed and was acquitted of the charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. Trump can now focus on a bare-knuckle re-election campaign….

As Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard University law professor Trump recruited, pointed out "If the president does something that he thinks will help him get elected, in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment,"

As I also predicted, fear has set in as headlines scream about the spread of the Coronavirus with the death toll rising, travel ban put in place and every hospital in England asked to create "priority assessment pods".

What is clear is that the most contagious thing of all is fear itself…

The sales of masks and sanitisers continue to rocket as we are subjected to images fresh out of Armageddon #DixieCups #KungFlu

Questions remain unanswered ….

What was the thinking behind Corona sponsoring the virus?

Will we see

“McDonald’s Measles”

“Coca Cola Clap”

“Syphilis brought to you by Schweppes – you know who ….when .. and how” ….!!!!

Time for a name change, perhaps?

Why did the coach drivers who took the Britons to quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral not have any protection themselves – not even a mask????

How did Prince Andrew get involved???? Prince Andrew was due to be promoted to Admiral to mark his 60th birthday later this month. Expect that promotion to be “deferred” and don’t be surprised when it is announced that Fergie has landed a new book deal !


In the meantime, expect to see the media continue to spread fear leading to panic and prejudice, travel being restricted, more people being quarantined and the Chinese F1 Grand Prix - which was to take place over 56 laps of the 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday, April 19 - being postponed …..


This week, as I predicted, we also said “Au Revoir” to the EU after 47 years of Membership. The Queen traditionally does not comment on political matters but a flashback to Her Majesty delivering her Brexit Queen’s Speech in 2017 with her EU hat on may give an indication of her personal views.

As Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson pointed out

“This is the moment when the sun rises and the curtain rises in a new act in our great national theatre…For many people, this is an incredible moment of hope, a moment that they thought would never come. And there are many, of course, who feel anxiety and loss. And then there is a third group – perhaps the largest – that is had started to worry that the whole political mess wouldn’t end. I understand all these feelings and our job as a government – my job – is to bring this country back together and move us forward. The most important thing to say today is that it doesn’t it is an end, but a beginning "


Every year for the last 10 years I have been raising money and awareness for men’s mental and physical health by growing my facial hair for Movember

Several thousands of pounds have been raised through your generosity. My whiskers are normally whisked off at the start of a new year. This year - as a symbolic gesture - I kept them until Brexit Day – exit the bristles! I’d love to stay but moustache ...


As I pointed out, we have been though one of the most divisive periods in our history.

Passion is to be applauded but where that passion boils over to hatred and violence it should be deplored.

We live in a brilliantly diverse world – we should now focus our energies on making this a United Kingdom.

Let’s make Britain Great, again!

On the day we say goodbye to Kirk Douglas, aged 103, we should remember the power in standing together

I’m Spartacus!


As I also predicted, history will continue to repeat itself until lessons on learned… and so we saw the press dominating the media this week as certain reporters were banned from a Government briefing on the EU. This prompted a walkout by those senior journalists who were invited to the briefing.

This was also debated in the House of Commons after Tracy Brabin MP, Labour’s Shadow Digital, Culture and Media Secretary, was granted an urgent question. Tracy Brabin pointed out:

“Press freedom is a cornerstone of our democracy and journalists must be able to hold the government to account. It is concerning that Boris Johnson seems to be resorting to tactics imported from Donald Trump to hide from scrutiny. “The future trade agreement with the European Union is an issue of great public importance and interest. Those gaining access to such important information should not be cherry picked by Number 10.”

Rather than listen to the message some took to social media to criticise Tracy Brabin for choosing to wear an off-the-shoulder dress in the Commons with some questioning "is this really appropriate attire for parliament?"

Tracy Brabin took to Twitter to hit back:

“Hello. Sorry I don’t have time to reply to all of you commenting on this but I can confirm I’m not.... A slag Hungover A tart About to breastfeed A slapper Drunk Just been banged over a wheelie bin. Who knew people could get so emotional over a shoulder...”


Where messages may be unpalatable it is common practice to shoot the messenger.

Best advice - don’t give them the ammunition!

I predict that the ASOS dress will fly off the shelves in light of the coverage.

A wise move to regain the narrative would be for Tracy Brabin to auction the shouldergate dress for charity…..

The fact remains, the media does not take kindly to any perceived attempt to control or silence it, from Donald Trump saying Media are “amongst the most dishonest people I have met" to Peter Thiel funding litigation to silence Gawker to billionaires having interests in publications.

As Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Currie on 28 January 1786:"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. To the sacrifice, of time, labor, fortune, a public servant must count upon adding that of peace of mind and even reputation."

Jefferson goes on to point out: “And all this is preferable to European bondage. He who doubts it need only be placed for one week on any part of the Continent of Europe.”


Attack the media at your peril.

Reporting is the only job listed in the bill of rights as protected. Even the most disagreeable publications are protected by the first amendment.

Our society needs strong, independent and adversarial journalism and without that will be much the poorer and very much endangered.

If there are particular stories you feel should be subjected to a pressure test to find out whether they really stand up to serious scrutiny or you want help to avoid the predictable errors and omissions of others get in touch... Follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewEborn and @OctopusTV Andrew Eborn is a lawyer, strategic business adviser, producer, writer, presenter, magician and speaker. Andrew has specialised in international licensing and global rights’ management for several years and has been actively involved with the negotiation, acquisition and international exploitation of various major licences enabling companies to maximise the return on their rights as well as assisting with the strategic development of their international businesses. Andrew Eborn is now working with several businesses across the IP value chain including the creation and licensing of content in all media from recording, publishing, distribution, supply of talent, management, promotion, immersive technology and holograms. Businesses include: Octopus TV Ltd ( award winning company revolutionising the way content is created and distributed) @octopustv Knot The Truth Ltd ( KTT) with RJ Gibb, son of Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, launched in Cannes. KTT already has a strong line up of programmes, tv, film and music productions, live events, theatrical shows and holographic experiences. Andrew Eborn is a columnist, broadcaster and regular presenter and speaker around the world

Photographer: Corrado Amitrano

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