The City of London is a sprawling beast. Yet when politicians and analysts talk about it, they tend to focus mainly on a narrow slice of it all – the banks. The issue of bank passporting has been pored over ad nauseam by commentators and officials, in huge disproportion to the size of the business that relies on it. But even as we’re obsessing about banks, we’re overlooking potentially much larger issues relating to London’s prominence in asset management.
Some months ago, I was in a pub in Clerkenwell with friends when the conversation turned to immigration. Specifically, we began discussing whether immigration has a negative impact on wages. I argued that it probably does for certain groups and was doubtful about evidence claiming otherwise. Arguing the other side was a friend I had known for about five years. I knew we disagreed – she is a radical communist and Corbynista – but she was someone I liked and enjoyed seeing.
There’s an episode of Doctor Who, first aired in the Seventies, in which the baddie takes remote control of a phone box. When the Doctor goes to make a call, the telephone comes alive and starts strangling him with its cord. The scene looks ridiculous to modern eyes, but at the time the thought of everyday objects turning into deadly threats was deemed terrifying, and certainly too scary for children. Alas, we are now living in a disenchanted version of the Doctor’s world.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".