Lobbying: Do Audiences Really Understand What We Do?

A series of scandals have recently impacted on public affairs. Despite those involved being David Cameron and Boris Johnson, they have been labelled as ‘lobbying’ scandals. This potentially damages us all. We have to appreciate that if the reputation of the profession is damaged then it has a direct impact on all of us. The […]

The European Super League: A Super Failure Of Engagement

The 48-hour life cycle of the proposed European Super League showed the cost of not working with stakeholders, especially political ones. Decisions made behind closed doors are doomed to failure. Politicians, especially, never like to be excluded. The complete and utter outrage that followed immediately on the late night/early morning official announcement must have been […]

Lobbying By Tweet? Beware The Pitfalls

Amazon has recently taken a more public and aggressive approach to political engagement. But using Twitter to engage in a more direct way is not without its pitfalls. Decisions about whether and how to use Twitter in any public affairs campaign is now a normal part of strategy development. Some organisations are more geared up […]

Beware! Government Is Starting To Wake Up

Politics has been dominated in recent years by Brexit and Covid. The amount of space for other issues, the ‘normal’ business of government, has had very little space. That is now starting to change, and we all need to be prepared for the rush of policies, ideas, consultations and, potentially, legislation. The machinery of government […]

You Gotta Fight, For Your Right… To Be Heard By Government

There is no such thing as waiting for your turn when it comes to government announcements. It is dangerous to assume that simply because government makes one announcement that there is a definitive logic to the next. Instead, public affairs always has to help shape the policy future. You have to assume that there is […]

What This Budget Really Means For Public Affairs

The Budget is one of the most important days in the political calendar and also the public affairs calendar. The initial focus is rightly on the individual details contained in the Budget. But we also need to think about what it tells us about the direction of Government policy and where it might go. What […]

Robust Communication Is Here To Stay: Pay Attention To The New Realities

There is little doubt that communication has become more robust. This certainly helps to gain attention but is also a way to ensure that misinformation, or even ‘fake news’ is not allowed to go unchallenged. Whatever an organisation says or does may need to be defended. Organisations need to recognise this reality. Long form There […]

Beware Of Being Blamed: Just Look At Social Media

Politicians sometimes like to blame entire sectors for perceived failures even if they do not always entirely deserve it. With that blame comes reputational damage and the threat of new regulation. How can we avoid such a situation from arising? What is happening to social media companies provides some lessons for us all. It is […]

A Government Decision Should Not End The Engagement

A Government announcement on a policy could mean celebration or commiseration. But that should not be the end of the engagement. In reality, it is the start of the detailed engagement. The UK Government has recently announced plans for tighter regulation of ‘buy now, pay later’ services. The media covered the issue in some detail […]

Public Affairs Needs To Think Beyond Its Borders – The Risks Are Global

For many organisations, their public affairs activity will focus on Westminster and Whitehall but the real threats can come from outside those narrow confines. Without taking the time to look elsewhere, we could be missing our next big political challenge. For most public affairs matters, the key decision makers are those around the Parliaments and […]