What corporate communications experts can learn from the Trump Covid story

By Simon Brooke. If you had any doubt that messaging and communications around Covid is difficult, then just look at the confusion and chaos surrounding the condition of President Trump. I spend quite a bit of time in my media training courses working with PR professionals and inhouse communications teams to help develop, hone and test […]

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 […]

PA professionals need new tools for the interventionist era

By Elliot Robinson, CEO, PolicyMogul. Some days, it’s nice to think back nostalgically to the time when the biggest difference between the major political parties in the UK was whether free school meals should be means tested or not. Unfortunately — or fortunately if you harbour a deep love of politics or work directly in […]

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 […]

Where Is The Local Consultation? The Planning White Paper

Communities should be at the heart of new developments. The recently published Planning White Paper suggests some radical changes to the planning system. But engagement and consultation looks likely to change as well and local authorities could well find themselves in the firing line. The paper sets out the government’s aims for a new planning […]

A Short Guide To Modern Political Communications

You cannot scroll through Twitter or LinkedIn without coming across a post expressing clear views on government communications. They are either the worst we have ever witnessed or brilliant despite the obvious challenges of Covid-19.  But we need to remember that politics sits behind all these communications. It is also important to remember that the […]

The Age Of Inquiry

As life starts to get back to usual, there will be a clear end to the idea that politics has not played a role during Covid-19. The ‘new normal’ of politics will be represented by a significant period of reflection and inquiries. What should you do to prepare? The Government has been keen throughout this […]

Doubling Down on the EU

As the nature of the relationship between the UK and the EU changes, it’s never been more important to understand the ‘how and why’ of lobbying in Brussels. In July, Milos Labovic, author of EU Superlobby: Winning in Brussels, joined the CIPR’s Public Affairs Group in an online conversation to explore what this new relationship […]

Fourteen signs that you are a political obsessive

Many of those involved in public affairs are often thought of as being political geeks or nerds. Not that I think there is anything wrong with that but what are the signs that you really are a political obsessive? Of course, not everyone involved in public affairs falls into this category and some will actually […]