Category: Public Affairs

The perils of PRs jumping ‘all in’ on the election

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Agency bosses calling on their clients to jump “all in” on the General Election in PR Week seemed, on the surface, like sound advice. But it misses a vital point: legally they may find themselves on dodgy ground if they do.

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Will there ever be a non-election year?

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By Carolyn Lochhead “Is the Queen dead?” Heads down, frantic googling. “Nope. The palace announces that. It’s either a general election or we’re at war”. Pause. “Is it wrong to hope for war?” This was the scene in my office

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Snap, crackle and political pop

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What does the snap General Election mean for the rest of the UK? Prime Minister Theresa May’s snap General Election announcement has left the political classes reeling. As recently as last month, Number 10 was pooh-poohing the idea of an

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Future of project engagement

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The engagement with the local community is arguably the most important part of project development. Sadly, too often it is simply viewed as ‘something that has to be done’. At the same time, community expectations are rising. So what does

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What does Brexit mean for public affairs?

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Now that the process of leaving the European Union is underway, public affairs needs to be aware of the implications. Outside of the possible political and constitutional ramifications, public affairs life will never be the same again.Clients, whether they be

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Uber’s Very Bad Horrible String of Events

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Uber is en route to a massive IPO. As the company gets closer to its destination, its once 5-star rating is rapidly diminishing. As a result, the company’s president, Jeff Jones, opened the Uber door and jumped out after only

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Communication and media response to the Westminster attack

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Best practice communication was critical to allaying fear in the immediate response to the Westminster attacks but sensationalist media coverage needs to be challenged. Public relations students at Newcastle University are studying crisis communications this semester. They’ve had several sessions

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What makes good public affairs advice?

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Public affairs is often more art than science but good advice should be based on solid foundations. Some of these are political, others more about behaviours. But if they come together then you get the good advice. Public affairs is

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The 5 Ps of political engagement

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Effective political engagement and public affairs can be full of difficult and challenging decisions but if you remember these five Ps then you will not go far wrong. There are, of course, no shortcuts to good public advice but we

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Top 5 CEO public affairs mistakes

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Leaders do not often suffer from a lack of self-confidence. Important in some leadership settings, that same trait can often lead to political and public affairs mistakes. Even very recent history is littered with the mistakes made by leaders whether

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