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 …

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 …

Should you fight back against politicians?

Many organisations seem afraid or in awe of politicians and government and what they can do. It is right that they hold many of the trump cards but it can be right to reply, maybe even forcefully. When should that happen? Government needs to be seen as all powerful. Without this, it would risk being …

Political vigilance is needed

The Government’s recent Queen’s Speech was widely criticised for its lack of content outside of Brexit. But just because the legislative agenda looks a little thin shouldn’t mean that anyone takes the potential impact of government any less seriously. Vigilance is needed. Government will continue to operate even if it tries to avoid difficult or …

Public affairs and a minority government

With the dust settling on the General Election and with everyone starting to get used to the idea of the Conservatives operating as a minority government, it is time to think about how public affairs should operate. What is the impact on public affairs?Fundamentally, the whole environment is a lot more politicised. All decisions will …

How to identify and exploit public affairs opportunities

Any good public affairs campaign should change over time to make the most of political and policy opportunities. That makes public affairs only as good as the opportunities that can be identified and then exploited. Here are some tips. In the first place, you have to be armed with information. You may sometimes feel that …

New Government: new public affairs strategy?

The UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has wasted no time in pulling her new team together. With a raft of new Ministers and a new supporting team in place, Mrs May is looking to set out a new path for her Government. Despite the fact that the Conservative Party under David Cameron won a …