May’s ‘Omnishuffles’ Exposes a Team Divided

The Prime Minister’s refresh failed because she lacks the authority to do it properly. By Leon Cook and Thomas Newham British ministers in need of a good metaphor are prone to comparing their Cabinets to sports teams. An ageing Harold Wilson saw himself as deep-lying central midfielder, exhorting his more adventurous colleagues forward from a …

How public relations practitioners can help businesses successfully navigate Brexit

As Brexit negotiations continue, PR consultant and 2018 President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Sarah Hall explains why businesses should look to their PR practitioners – and ideally CIPR members – for support in navigating the complexities and long-term transition. The results of the EU referendum sent shockwaves through the world and …

What the reshuffle means (and does not mean) for public affairs

The Prime Minister’s efforts to refresh her team has met with a mixed reaction but aside from the day-to-day politics, what does it mean for public affairs? The reshuffle was initially focused on refreshing the Conservative Party itself and helping it recover from the perceived weaknesses of the General Election campaign. So CCHQ has been …

Ten Questions To Ask Yourself For 2018

Taking the opportunity of thinking ahead to what might happen in the coming year provides a useful opportunity to double check your public affairs strategy. In a period dominated by the discussions over Brexit, it is also critical for business planning. So what are the 10 big questions for 2018… Will there be a General Election? …

Leadership, common ground and citizen focus – a new guide for public sector comms in Northern Ireland

Public sector communications is challenging. In Northern Ireland, it is no less so. It’s also changing. By Ann Williamson, Last year, a group of professionals came together to set up the Northern Ireland Public Sector Communications Forum (NIPSCF). We have been supported in this journey by the Cabinet Office and Government Communications Services. We wanted to …

It’s all about Parliament

For a long time public affairs has had to consider a range of stakeholders, advisers, influencers, communications channels and campaigning techniques but now it’s time to refocus on Parliament. In some ways the approach can be considered a little ‘old fashioned’. Instead of concentrating on advisers, high profile campaigns or the media, this approach is …

How to deliver reform

According to David Miliband, the core to any successful reform programme is Government leadership, business innovation and popular mobilisation. But this takes a lot of effort to put these into place, not least using public affairs techniques. Miliband, the former Foreign Secretary and now President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, was speaking on …

Jared O’Mara and what Labour needs to do next

Harold Wilson was wrong. It’s a day, not a week, which is a long time in politics. By Paula Keaveney, In a few days we have seen an MP’s past become a problem, an inquiry launched, a resignation, a suspension and any number of new stories and commentators emerge. In a few days an obscure …

What would a Labour government mean for political engagement?

While the possibilities and timing of a potential Labour government remain uncertain, attendance at their party conference shows that the chances are being taken seriously. But what would it really mean for public affairs? It was not too long ago that no-one was really taking the chance of a Labour government, especially one led by …