By Madalena Araujo, CNN
Public relations can be a tricky industry when you’re dealing with notorious clients.
Lord Tim Bell knows that better than most people, having advised some of the world’s most controversial personalities, including Chilean general Augusto Pinochet, dictatorial Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s wife Asma al-Assad.
“I've discovered,” Bell told CNN’s Amanpour on Monday, “you may not believe this, but I've discovered that in my life in advertising, and my life in public relations, that telling the truth is a damn sight more effective than not telling the truth.”
“So I tend to opt for the truth – if I’m told it. Now the problem I have is that I'm a conduit. So somebody tells me what happened, I don't know whether that's right or wrong.”
The king of spin said that what drove him to write his new memoir, “Right or Wrong”, was the thought that what he’d “experienced was worth telling people, not because I thought it would be fascinating and change the world, but because it just seemed to me to be necessary for somebody to speak up for the right-of-center thinking, which very few people talk about now.”
Bell, Chairman of Bell Pottinger public relations, is best known for advising friend and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the late 1970s, with a Conservative campaign under the slogan "Labour Isn't Working."
By Madalena Araujo, CNN
Jean Campbell-Harris could never guess that she’d end up at Britain’s top secret code-breaking headquarters during the Second World War at the age of 18.
“The man who interviewed me to go to Bletchley, asked, first of all - do you speak French? Yes. Do you speak German? Yes. Speak Italian? Well you don’t have to learn Italian, all you do is add 'io' to the end of every word. And, you know, I was in,” the now 92-year-old Baroness Trumpington told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.
Trumpington worked as a cypher clerk at Bletchley Park’s naval intelligence department. She transcribed messages from German submarines for the code-breakers, the most important one being the British mathematician Alan Turing, who helped crack the Nazis Enigma code but committed suicide after being put on trial for his homosexuality.
His life is now being celebrated in The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which the Baroness thought “was absolutely excellent.”
She does, however, “have one absolutely minor criticism that the girl who played the part of the girlfriend,” played by British actress Keira Knightley, “was far too pretty.”
By Madalena Araujo, CNN
Governments, businesses, and NGOs all need to play a role in the fight against modern slavery, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Head of the Church of England, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.
“You have to hit it at all levels. There needs to be government involvement; we’ve seen the French and British governments are leading the way with anti-slavery laws, which are going to have an impact. They change the culture, they also give the police powers to deal with things. There’s a hard edge to dealing with this, it’s a policing matter.”
Welby’s comments followed a landmark event at the Vatican where, for the first time, leaders of the world’s major faiths gathered together to sign a joint declaration to end modern slavery by 2020.
The panel, which Amanpour MCed, included Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as leaders of Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Shiite and Sunni Islam.
Besides government involvement, Welby explained, modern slavery’s “business edge” needs to be tackled.
By Henry Hullah, CNN
We must monitor people with power in order to protect the vulnerable, human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson told Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.
An expert on the “culture of silence” surrounding abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, Robertson explained the common theme that ran through the church, the media and beyond.
“The revelations started with the Catholic Church in Ireland,” he told the program.
“Then we discovered it in celebrities here and a number of them have been convicted and now we’re finding other examples.”
“And what comes across to me, having studied it is the utter vulnerability of seven, eight, nine year olds to power."
"[In] a sense, in the Catholic Church, the priest as the representative of God – any command is unflinchingly obeyed. The star, entering the star’s dressing room at the BBC, it’s an enormous power.”
“It does bring home how we must ensure someone guards the guardians because the guardians can’t be trusted.”
The power that “bedazzles” the young and vulnerable was something Robertson stressed mustn't be underestimated and should be monitored because it overwhelms its victims almost instantly.
“It’s so easy, and that’s why there must be checks on dressing rooms, checks on all sort of places where people with power over children can bewitch and bewilder them.”
Christiane Amanpour talks to British Members of Parliament Bernard Jenkin and Menzies Campbell about how the UK moves on from the failed referendum vote.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks to Louise Richardson, vice chancellor of St. Andrews University, about the importance of Scotland to the United Kingdom.
A day before Scotland's independence vote, historian Ewen Cameron takes Christiane Amanpour on a historic tour of Edinburgh.
Click above to watch.
David Steel, founder of the current Liberal Democrat party and former speaker of the Scottish Parliament strongly believes that Scotland belongs in the United Kingdom.
He told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour why – click above to watch.
Scotland’s landmark independence referendum, due to open for voting in just hours, is a “one-off opportunity,” Scottish Member of Parliament Marco Biagi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Edinburgh.
“This isn’t the kind of choice that we get very often. This isn’t like an election.”
“This is a one-off chance to really do things differently in Scotland, and to fundamentally change the kind of society we are living in – to get the governments we vote for, to protect our public services, and to have governments that pay attention to Scotland not just once every three hundred years when an opinion poll suggests we might vote for independence, but every day.”
Click above to watch Amanpour’s full interview with Biagi.
By Mick Krever, CNN
Hours after a fiery last-ditch speech for Scotland to stay in the union, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an international exclusive interview that the United Kingdom is moving towards an “American model” of government.
“Never in the history of the island itself have we seen so much decentralization of power, so much of a transfer of power, from Westminster or London to one nation in the United Kingdom.”
“Britain can no longer think of itself as a centralized state, a unitary state, of undiluted Westminster sovereignty. That has changed. And in some sense we’re moving closer towards the American model of government.”
Nationalists and Unionists threw all their efforts into campaigning Wednesday, the last hours before Scots go to the polls.
Brown set the political and social media worlds alight early in the day, with a speech many said could be career-defining.
“There’s a good kind of change,” he told Amanpour, and a “bad kind of change.”