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 …

In Defence of Public Affairs

Far from being used as an excuse to help explain Boris Johnson’s retort of ‘f**k business’, public affairs is a valuable organisational tool especially at a time where reputation is everything. Writing in The Times, ‘Cavalier Johnson must curb his wild side’, Daniel Finkelstein, suggested that Johnson’s comment: “is really not about business. It’s not …

Public Affairs On A Shoestring

Not everyone has a huge budget to put at the disposal of their public affairs campaign. So what should those with more limited resources do? I thank Jon Gerlis at the CIPR for getting me to think about this issue. We had a chat in preparation for a talk that he is to do shortly. …

EU Elections: Reflecting the new reality

By Paula Keaveney, So now we know.  A good Euro election night for some, bad for others, disaster for the rest. I’ve been following the various campaigns and here are my thoughts, looking back and looking forward. Labour didn’t really know what the line was. The initial manifesto and leaflet had to rather dance round …

How Fox Became Foxy

The American news channel has rebranded political communication, says Reece Peck, author of an explosive new book. The ‘fighting for the little guy’ rhetoric of Fox News hosts has often been dismissed as a simple gimmick. But, after years of studying Fox’s programming, I’ve come to realise that this isn’t the case. Not only does …