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 […]

The Singapore Choices: Why Political Engagement Is Critical

Reports recently suggested that the Prime Minister has plans to make the UK the ‘Singapore of Europe’. The ‘regulatory freedoms’ delivered by leaving the European Union can be used to help our economy. But this approach needs political engagement by those who agree, and those that disagree. Being Singapore The article in City AM provided […]

The PM’s Cabinet Choices

The day-to-day of politics is often centred on personalities and positioning. Essentially, who has power and influence or who is on their way out. The focus is then on the Cabinet as one of the embodiments of power. But is worth thinking about the elements that shape a PM’s Cabinet. The announcement of a new […]

Love Island, test & trace and that £63,000

We now know the UK government spent £63,000 paying Love Island stars for their part in promoting the Test and Trace app. Was it money well spent? The Mirror newspaper was the first to report back in August that Love Island stars Shaughna Phillips, Chris Hughes and Josh Denzel were among those paid by the UK government […]

Don’t Ignore The Speed Of Networks

There can often be a focus on simply expanding networks but such a numbers game misses the benefits of a good network – one of which is speed and in public affairs that can really help. The fundamentals of public affairs should always sit at the heart of any development and expansion of your network. […]

Being Heard: Making The Most Of Your Evidence

I spend my time helping organisations to get their points across to Government and really understand how Government works. Sometimes this is when comments are invited, other times we have to help fit the outcomes of the research to the Government’s agenda. I was pleased to speak on a panel at the Westminster Forum’s conference […]

Post Brexit Britain & public affairs

As the reality of Brexit really hits home, following the end of the transition period, what will the impacts be for those of us in public affairs? What does it mean for our immediate priorities? The reality, of course, is that it is the transition period that comes to an end shortly. According to some […]

Beware Changing Communications

As well as knowing what is happening in Parliament, good public affairs advice needs to draw on government communications. But these are changing and we need to be keeping track of how they are developing, and learn lessons. It has often been the case that some good media monitoring has kept us up-to-date with official […]

Free from accountability, HS2’s behaviour and comms keeps going off the rails

By Anthony Longden, specialist partner at crisis communications agency Alder. If you’re the PR team for a huge project, one which has attracted significant criticism from the moment it was put forward, your PR crisis response should be Rolls-Royce standard. But for High Speed 2 – Europe’s biggest rail project, no less – that has […]