Government needs to look, listen and learn

By Mandy Pearse, FCIPR, Chart PR  It is high time that government looked, listened and learnt from the innovative PR practice in local government instead of telling Councils how to communicate with their citizens. Taking Hackney Council through the courts to stop it producing a fortnightly council newspaper is a clear example of dogma versus evidence. …

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. …