Category: Public Affairs

Are brands inherently political?

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Last week, Mark Zuckerberg published his ‘Building Global Community’ open letter – or, as the BBC called it – his “manifesto to re-boot globalisation”. At first glance, it may seem hypocritical for the man who says he isn’t interested in

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Transparency in thought leadership

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Too often thought leadership initiatives are dismissed as advocating for vested interests. Public affairs needs to help organisations overcome those preconceptions and the easiest way to do this is to encourage greater transparency. Very often claims of vested interests are

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Why is political risk on the rise?

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2016 was full of political surprises, some more welcome than others. But more than merely being surprises, for many organisations the outcomes represented risk. Risk always needs to be managed to avoid devastating consequences. The role that public affairs plays

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Reading Prime Minister’s Questions

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By Paula Keaveney The last thing the weekly PMQs joust is about is answers. Frankly if an MP wants an answer, a written question, a letter to the relevant department or a session in the good old fashioned House of Commons

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Is Trump good for Brexit?

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As the Commons vote to trigger Article 50 and the Prime Minister publishes a White Paper outlining the 12 principles of Brexit; Theresa May is facing a divorce in a political climate within the West that has not seen this

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Call yourself a lobbyist? – a view from ‘the swamp’

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By Carys Davis As President Trump makes moves to ‘drain the swamp‘ – attempting to fix an “entire corrupt Washington Establishment” – is it time to reclaim the ‘lobbyist’ label? How many of us working in public affairs introduce ourselves

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Where does thought leadership come from?

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Thought leadership can play a valuable role in public affairs both in positioning people and organisations. But where does good thought leadership come from and how can you stand out? Thought leadership has a range of definitions and much has

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The PM must improve her communication skills while the going is good

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By Robert Taylor As Theresa May flew over the Atlantic to meet President Trump, she surely reflected upon how well she has picked her opponents. Labour is in a trough. The LibDems are climbing, but from the lowest of bases.

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Working in a hall of mirrors – perception, reality & image building

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We advocate globalisation, yet we prefer nationalism. We are vocal supporters of entrepreneurs and private enterprise, yet we vehemently complain when others become too rich. We believe in democracy and the right of free speech, yet we easily get appalled

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The new normal: Public affairs under Brexit and Trump

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2016 may have been the year of surprises and unexpected results but 2017 will be the year where the implications of those results start to come to fruition. Trump was inaugurated on 20 January and Brexit will be triggered by

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