A Government Announcement Is Only The Start Of The Hard Work

When any government announcement is made there can be a tendency to think that everything has been resolved. This is normally far from the case. Instead, it should be the time when the really hard work starts. Even those celebrating a government announcement should appreciate that there remains work to do. An official announcement may […]

Be Ready For The Radical: What The Government Relaunch Really Means

Now that Dominic Cummings is spending more time driving to Barnard Castle, the PM has chosen to relaunch his Government. We can expect to see a series of policy announcements but how should public affairs react? Despite Johnson’s Covid-19 isolation we have already seen announcements including plans for a Green Industrial Revolution and huge increase […]

Trial By Select Committee

Preparing properly to appear in front of a Select Committee should not be controversial. The potential implications of getting it wrong can be enormous for individuals and organisations. But still we see examples of sessions being badly handled. How can we avoid these mistakes? The resignation of the Chairman of the Football Association, Greg Clarke, […]

Getting The Responses Right: Consultations and Inquiries

Consultation and inquiry responses are a mainstay of proactive public affairs and engagement. But what are best ways to ensure their effectiveness? Consultations can come out of central government as well as regulators and other bodies. Many of the inquiries we deal with result from Select Committees or All Party Groups trying to get to […]

The Marcus Rashford Guide To Public Affairs

Not only is Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford a brilliant footballer but he is also proving himself to be a highly effective campaigner. Everyone in public affairs could learn lessons from his approach to engagement. There is no doubt that Rashford is a special footballing talent but his campaign to secure free school meals to those […]

Football’s Public Affairs Own Goal

The leaking of details about Project Big Picture, with plans to revise the Premier League, led to widespread discussion but the reaction of the Government was pretty clear – they were not impressed. So what went wrong and what can public affairs teach those involved? After the plans were leaked, it was up to the […]

Beware of Classic Political Deflection Techniques

Whether it is stories of Government plans to send asylum seekers to an island in the South Atlantic or Trump’s claims of voter fraud during the Presidential debates, it is easy to become distracted by deflection techniques. Instead, take a breath before deciding if there is any impact on your campaign. Governments and politicians will […]

Peak Public Affairs? No, There Is Much More To Come

With Government announcements on Covid continuing to come thick and fast, the need for political engagement has never been more important. But the idea that we have reached peak public affairs is wrong. There will be even more need for good political engagement advice in future. Writing in PR Week, Editor-in-chief Danny Rogers, suggested that […]

Political Parties Change: Your Public Affairs Thinking Needs To Change

‘Traditional’ views of political parties rarely reflect the reality of the time. The parties keep changing so you need to update your thinking otherwise it will be difficult to engage with them. Understanding is critical in public affairs. It can sometimes be difficult not to think in a caricatured way about what a political party […]