Graphics projected on the Houses of Parliament, National News and a call from Hugh Grant
With deadlines seemingly getting shorter and shorter at the moment, I was not surprised when I received a phone call from our friend and IT guy Paul asking me to help with a graphic that he needed within the next two hours. Getting this phone call at 10pm Dubai time whilst I was walking home from the cinema did not make his first few lines any easier to swallow! However, his explanation that the project was for the Hacked Off campaign (http://hackinginquiry.org/petition) – which Paul is a part of – and that this graphic was going to be projected in a popular public space made me feel a lot happier. Off back to work I went.
After working on the graphic until just before one in the morning I went home in need of a good sleep before a busy week ahead. I woke up to an email directing me to a link on the ITV website showing the graphic projected onto the side of the Houses of Parliament! I later found out that ITV were running this hourly on their breakfast news show and also that Sky News had picked up the story.
All in all I was pretty chuffed with this, but the best was yet to come. I received a phone call from someone the phone hacking scandal had directly affected, Hugh Grant! After introducing himself he proceeded to call me a legend, and graciously thanked me for the graphic that I had created for the campaign. After this he followed up with a great email thanking myself and the guys at Spike for the work in getting this job to happen in a short time:
‘I just wanted to say thanks a million to you and Spike Productions for the incredible work you did for us yesterday. It was amazingly effective and a big success and we are all in your debt.
David Cameron made a lot of promises to the victims of press abuse over the last few years.
Within hours of the Leveson Report being published he turned his back on the victims and got back into bed with the big press barons. The same press barons to whom five successive prime ministers have fallen over themselves to oblige.
The victims, the Labour party, the Lib Dems and, according to several recent YouGov polls, 79% of the population oppose him .
He proved once again that when it comes to politics, pleasing the press matters more than doing what’s right.
That’s why the Hacked Off petition has already been one of the fastest growing in UK history. Here it is again. http://hackinginquiry.org/
Kudos and many, many thanks to Spike Productions for helping with that.
All the best,
Hugh Grant and the Hacked Off Campaign.’
Great way to end the year.