The public affairs industry as we approach the Senedd elections Many people working in the Welsh public affairs sector are or have been politically active. Many are not. This is not a radical statement, it is inevitable that an industry which requires in depth political understanding and interpretation is going to attract those of us … Continue reading Neither a blob, nor a political football
Public Affairs Cymru (PAC) is disappointed to note that public affairs professionals were recently singled out on social media with an implicit threat to their career by a Member of the Senedd. A unique strength of the Senedd is the working relationship held between MS’s and public affairs professionals, one of respect and professionalism. In our experience … Continue reading Statement of support
While the Senedd might look relatively diverse for a political institution in the UK, it is far from representative of modern Welsh society. The Welsh Parliament made headlines in 2003 when it became the first legislative body in the world to have 50% women. One stark fact casts the claims of the Senedd to be … Continue reading DIVERSE 50:50 campaign – Why diversity at the Senedd is well overdue
Writing from the relative safety of a new job, the thoughts I’m about to share with you all seem like another world. However, from the end of April until the beginning of June, I was furloughed from my position with a large charity. We’ve all been cooped up in lockdown, but certain charities which rely … Continue reading Furlough reflections
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash Last year, I was in conversation with a couple of members of the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party. One was talking about an imminent defection. On that occasion it turned out to be Lee Canning, a former Conservative Party Officer. Not a big coup in terms of the name, … Continue reading Playing the trump card?
Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash In my first article for Public Affairs Cymru, I consider some of the oddities of lockdown life; the impact of lockdown measures on the mental and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable groups; Zoom fatigue; swearing; interior design; and Bruce Springsteen. Yep, you read that right. One of the stranger perks … Continue reading Lockdown Britain: Thoughts and reflections from a policy wonk
Adapting quickly as an office to working from home has been a challenge. We made the decision along with many other MP offices to physically close before the lockdown. It’s been a challenge because not all of my staff have the space, the equipment or even the internet to work from home. We have adapted, we … Continue reading Tonia Antoniazzi MP tells us about lockdown