News and Views – do they matter?
Public affairs is fundamentally about communications. Communications move and change. They are reshaped, redirected, and repositioned as politics and events change. Each communication is vital observation that captures the essence of the politics and events of that time and provides a route to understanding them.
Public Affairs : News, Views and Hullabaloos is a unique and compelling collection of author Stuart Thomson’s personal picks from his popular series of blog posts. Each provides a fascinating insight into the political situation of the time and in many cases proving vital for our current understanding of the contemporary public affairs and campaigning landscape.
Through these pithy, concise and entertaining pieces, Stuart offers valuable tips, hints and thoughts on public affairs and political communications. He covers the full length and breadth of key issues, and provides a compelling argument for the importance of crisis communications, media relations, social media project development, and local engagement in the political environment.
“As someone who knows both the legal sector and the world of politics, Stuart’s blog posts are ideal for me. Lawyers and politicians sometimes have a rocky relationship, and so it’s essential that we have experts like Stuart around to keep both sides talking”.
Richard Messingham, Head of Public Affairs, The Law Society of England and Wales
“In my position I need to have my finger on the pulse of politics, both the official lines and the political gossip. Stuart Thomson’s blog gives me exactly what I need – the right mix of news and analysis on the important issues of the day.”
Kirsty McHugh, CEO, Employment Related Services Association
“Stuart’s postings are always well worth reading. He covers a wide range of different communications and political issues and is always able to bring interesting insights to them.”
Matthew Davies, Head of Communications, Asset Based Finance Association
“Stuart’s blog has established itself as a regular read for me. It provides critical insight and always makes me think twice about what we are doing. It is so good, I even tweet it!”
Ian Harvey, National Director, Civic Voice
“A key feature of my work is understanding the not for profit and public sectors within their wider political and public contexts. Stuart’s blog offers those key insights, often from an angle that I don’t see explored elsewhere.”
James Kirkland, Marketing and Business Development, Not for Profit, Grant Thornton UK LLP
“I always enjoying reading Stuart Thomson’s blog! You never stop learning new ideas about public affairs whatever your level of experience; and Stuart provides excellent insights and suggestions on what a public affairs practitioner needs to be looking out for and how he or she can improve their lobbying of and engagement with policy makers, influencers and officials. His blog is a must-read for anyone seeking to raise their public affairs game, and that of the organisation they represent.”
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association
Stuart Thomson is a public affairs and communications consultant with leading law firm Bircham Dyson Bell. He advises clients on political and media engagement, reputation management and crisis communications.
As blogger for Bircham Dyson Bells ‘Public Affairs Blog’ and the author of ‘Public Affairs in Practice’, ‘New Activism and the Corporate Response’ and ‘The Dictionary of Labour Quotations’, Stuart’s reputation has seen him appear on the BBC and Sky News, judging for the PR Week and Public Affairs News awards. He now also blogs for leading news publisher, The Huffington Post.
Stuart is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, and amongst it all finds time to tweet @redpolitics.Read More
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