Civil servants can make or break a policy proposal. It is officials who decide what policy advice is given to Ministers. Are you doing enough to influence Whitehall?
Yesterday I interviewed a civil servant as part of a perceptions audit for one of my charity clients. The purpose of the conversation was to understand how . . . → Read More: Don’t forget Sir Humphrey
There’s been much media coverage in recent days commemorating Emily Wilding Davison’s death following her collision with the King’s horse at Epsom in 1913. The centenary of that event has prompted comment about the suffragettes, their role in gaining votes for women and what contemporary campaigners might learn from them.
Like most feminists, I am . . . → Read More: In praise of quiet campaigners
Last month I attended the excellent People Power conference organised by SMK (the Sheila McKechnie Foundation) in association with the Good Agency. Throughout the day I was struck by a recurring theme: what is the appropriate balance for charities to strike between working for or on behalf of the people they represent, as opposed to . . . → Read More: Do charities need an injection of people power?
Today the Daily Mail and the Sun claimed their respective campaigns against ‘secret trials’ and the ‘pasty tax’ forced Government to abandon both policies. Can newspapers really exert that much influence over policymaking?
Although I don’t doubt politicians pay attention to what’s in the popular press, I don’t believe securing a policy u-turn is as . . . → Read More: Pasty tax and secret trials: was it really the Mail and the Sun ‘wot won it’?
When the UK Parliament started its summer recess recently, campaigners breathed a collective sigh of relief and dared to hope for a few quiet weeks in which to progress neglected projects, catch up on reading or go on holiday.
And then they remembered the political party conference season is only weeks away.
Tempting as it . . . → Read More: How to Make the Most of Party Conferences