Lobbying: Not for the Underground

The public wants what the public gets… In 2013 – before the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists had been installed under the Lobbying Act – Tamasin Cave of SpinWatch gave evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (PCRC) calling the proposed register “not fit for purpose”. The industry agreed; it would cover only a small proportion of lobbying […]

Ten years of State of the Profession: Shining a light on the PR industry

2009: best remembered as the year we lost Michael Jackson, for the heroics of Captain Sullenberger landing an airliner safely in the Hudson river, getting Rage Against the Machine to Christmas number one and, of course, the first ever State of the Profession – CIPR’s now annual survey. That makes this year’s State of the […]

‘AI-driven marketing threatens consumer choice’

Challenging those behind the disaster that was (the original) Jurassic Park, mathematician Dr Ian Malcolm (famously played by the laconic Jeff Goldblum) alleged that “scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” This could equally be applied to many technological advances in the modern age. […]

Brexit scenario planning: Possible outcomes for PR

With a year to go before the UK formally leaves the EU there is still a degree of clarity required on a plethora of matters from the Irish border to the rights of EU citizen’s in the UK, and everything in between highlighting that Brexit is not simply an issue that should sit with public […]

Delivering a successful Brexit: Scenario planning for every eventuality

“You can’t please everyone all the time. You’re not Nutella!” This motivational mantra was pinned to the desk of a former colleague and, putting aside those with nut allergies and the palm oil debate for one moment, I imagine Theresa May and her Brexit negotiating team are telling themselves something similar on a daily basis. […]

Public Relations in 2018 – five risks

After a couple of years of economic, political and social turmoil you might be fooled into thinking 2018 is going to be a comparative walk in the park. There are some big challenges on the horizon but, with some careful thought and planning, these can be professionally negotiated. Here are five things that should already […]