The Rise (Again) of Parliament and its Impact on Public Affairs

The importance of Parliament is increasing. Taking back control means that public affairs campaigns need to focus on Parliament and not just treat it as somewhere to hold events. With strong and stable majority long-term governments came Parliamentarians that followed the lines set out by the party leadership. Patronage was strong and Prime Ministers could …

Be Prepared To Defend Yourself

Not all political comment is welcome and sometimes politicians simply get things wrong. But don’t sit back, think about your reputation and defend yourself. There can be a tendency to steer away from responding to a politician. The risks can be considered too high when balanced against the often limited upside. A ‘wounded’ politician can, …

Sometimes You Do Need To Shout

Using all the means at your disposal to shout about an issue is rarely the best way to deal with Government. But sometimes the circumstances dictate it.  Brexit now calls for shouting. Organisations do not like to stand too close to the political flame. They worry about the long-term implications and the potential regulatory or …

The Political Realities of 2019

Anyone considering how to engage with Government and politics in 2019 needs to consider the political realities and their impact.  It shows the scale of the task ahead. There is no doubt that Brexit has dominated all else for a long time.  It is sucking the time and the energy of central government and civil …

Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer…

Friends and opponents can both be critically important to the success of a public affairs campaign.  So how best should you think about these audiences? Potential allies for a campaign can often be given a huge amount of attention but the role of opponents is often less well thought through.  Yes, supporters can reinforce messages …

How To Win Political Trust

Building relationships of trust with policy-makers is at the heart of public affairs.  But how can you build those relationships? It is important to appreciate from the outset that, just as with any other relationship, time and effort needs to be invested.  Sometimes the policy-makers may feel like a very needy friend but if you …

Brexit and the Devolution Dilemma

All sides in the Brexit debate expect some economic disruption once we leave the EU. Many believe that the future should be in local hands and that Westminster needs to let go. Unfortunately, it seems that Westminster does not necessarily feel the same way. There was certainly a drive towards devolution under the Coalition Government …

What to say to a politician

It is easy to get confused about what to say when faced with a politician.  The meeting may have taken an age to set-up and is an important 30 minutes.  But if not properly prepared for then the opportunity will be wasted. There can, of course, be different types of interaction with a relevant politician. …

How To Know When Government Doesn’t Have The Answers

It is a self-evident truth of modern politics that Government has to pretend to have all the answers.  But as we all know that is very far from the reality. Here are some examples of when it is very clear that Government doesn’t quite know what to do…. Too often, the media and political opponents …