The St Giles Files

How to Fix The Future debate

March 12, 2018 2:02 pm | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

Last week, I was lucky enough to host a debate with renowned author Andrew Keen (@ajkeen) as he promotes his latest book in Europe. How to Fix The Future succinctly analyses many of the issues facing today’s digital society and provides positive steps that can help us to ‘remain human’. Indeed, Staying Human in the […]


Seven takeaways from the reshuffle

January 9, 2018 5:02 pm | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

It was “the non-shuffle”. It was the “night of the blunt knives”. Rather than displaying the Prime Minister’s strength as promised in her Marr interview last Sunday (7 January), it only demonstrated her underlying weakness. These are some of the views on this week’s reshuffle. By presenting it as a damp squib, commentators have been […]


Theresa May coughs up new housing and energy policies in speech to annual Conservative Party Conference

October 5, 2017 8:58 am | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

The UK Prime Minister’s speech to Conservative Party Conference During a Conservative Party conference dominated by speculation over who is best suited to lead the Party in the future, Theresa May sought to use today’s speech as a platform to re-assert her own leadership credentials and to present her vision of a renewed “British dream”. […]


5 ways in which social media is transforming PR

September 7, 2017 9:30 am | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

Social media has truly revolutionised our industry – from the early rise of citizen journalism to more recent use cases that have seen the unexpected happen, social is a vehicle for change. So, what does that mean for PR? Here are five thoughts to consider.  1. All content is to be treated equally This has […]


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A pre-cooked Corbyn putsch in Scotland is not unfolding, despite the easy headlines

August 31, 2017 2:59 pm | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has stepped away from frontline Scottish politics in grown-up fashion, eloquently placing a fulfilling life ahead of the increasingly corrosive, antagonistic political bickering between the UK Labour Party and its Scottish sister. Four elections and one referendum in two years is normally the workload of a decade at the helm […]


Were the Prime Minister’s eyes too big for her stomach on Executive Pay?

August 24, 2017 1:03 pm | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

By Meg Powell-Chandler, Director, Public Affairs. There are two important skills in politics – the ability to identify the problem, and the ability to identify a workable and achievable solution to it. Theresa May’s Government has been very successful at the first, think back to her speech on the steps of Downing Street which was […]


Expert Counsel from Burson-Marsteller: Select Committees show their teeth

July 14, 2017 9:18 am | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

PARLIAMENT’S SELECT COMMITTEES HAVE BEGUN TO SHOW THEIR TEETH Created to scrutinise individual government departments, they are now regularly chaired by high-powered, media-savvy MPs determined to stamp their authority on Parliament. Former Treasury Select Committee chair Andrew Tyrie was a fierce interrogator of ministers and executives, notably lambasting “highly selective” evidence from one bank chief […]



June 21, 2017 3:59 pm | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

2017 QUEEN’S SPEECH:​ GOVERNMENT PROCEEDS WITH BREXIT The Queen’s Speech put forward by Theresa May’s government today contained more proposed legislation than had been expected, presenting a total of 24 Bills, of which eight are related to Brexit. This is a greater number of Bills than is usual in a Queen’s Speech, but another Queen’s Speech is not due until 2019. The Government is […]


UK Government triggers Article 50

March 30, 2017 2:08 pm | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

The Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, was delivered by hand shortly before half past twelve UK time. The letter opened with a conciliatory approach. The Prime Minister stressed that Brexit is not a rejection of the “values we share as fellow Europeans” […]


The Brexit-less Budget

March 8, 2017 4:40 pm | Posted by Burson Marsteller UK

Written by the Burson-Marsteller Public Affairs Team Philip Hammond’s first and last spring budget was a short and snappy affair, with the speech lightened by some dry and well-delivered wit. This was not so expansive as the wide-ranging Brown and Osborne Budgets, with the Budget document coming in at only 64 pages, compared to 148 […]