Are you making the most of your meetings with MPs?

Last month I got chatting to a Westminster MP at a party. He told me that although he has met some very effective charity lobbyists, he has also been on the receiving end of many unfocused, rambling briefings from people in the sector. Campaigners, he said, often want to “update me on the issues” but . . . → Read More: Are you making the most of your meetings with MPs?

Don’t forget Sir Humphrey

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

In praise of quiet campaigners

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

Do charities need an injection of people power?

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?

Pasty tax and secret trials: was it really the Mail and the Sun ‘wot won it’?

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’?

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