There is nowhere to hide for business

The government may be new but the expectations of business are increasing further. Without proper engagement to shape policy, businesses will be blamed if things go wrong. The Conservative (and coalition) governments under David Cameron and Theresa May both took quite interventionist approaches when it came to business. The new Johnson led government appears to …

What Would The Cummings Reforms Mean For Public Affairs?

Dominic Cummings’ plans for a radical overhaul of government has set pulses racing. For the first time since Mrs Thatcher had a go in the 1980s, the traditional workings of Government could be seriously challenged. But what would such changes mean for public affairs? Cummings’ blog on the proposals being considered secured plenty of media …

The political realities of 2020

The New Year brings home the new political realities facing everyone in public affairs. But what are these new realities and how should we deal with them? The December General Election changed the public affairs environment completely. Gone are the days of small/non-existent majorities and coalitions. We now enter a period of strong and stable …

Reputation and Political Engagement: The Fundamental Link

Organisations with poor reputations are damaging their political engagement. Unless efforts are made to build, maintain and protect reputations then you are also risking political intervention. Politicians do not want to suffer from guilt by association. What makes political stakeholders different from any other stakeholder is their need to stand for election and win. So, …

Party conference lessons? It’s all about the engagement

The party conferences are not everyone’s idea of fun but approached properly they can offer great opportunities for engagement. This year’s conferences have obviously been slightly interrupted by a Supreme Court decision that could make the Conservative conference more or less null and void but gave the Labour conference the boost it was otherwise lacking. …

The Road to Building Political Trust

Relationships of trust with politicians, as with other stakeholders, take time to build and develop. Many are worried about doing or saying the wrong thing with a politician and especially about being too political. But take some straightforward steps and the trust will build. I was recently lucky enough to be asked by Signal AI to deliver …

Don’t Lose Sight Of The Big Picture

It can be very easy to get bogged down in day-to-day activity but we all need to take the time to raise our eyes and look at the longer term. It can prove useful. It is a commonly held belief that politicians have difficulty taking longer term decisions.  Anything that may deliver results outside of …