Blog: Oliver Letwin’s Weasels

December 30th, 2015 by

As a PR technique, wholehearted apology can do wonders for you. It takes the wind out of your critics’ sails, displays your integrity and courage and puts you on the side of the angels. So you’d think more people would apologise more often. The trouble is, they just can’t bear to do it. And when, under pressure, they finally do, their apologies are so filled with weasel words and sneaky justification that they end up doing more harm than good. We’re all too familiar with the classic “I’m very sorry if anyone was offended by my remarks….” meaning, of course, […]

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Planning Policy in 2016: Westminster Briefing

December 22nd, 2015 by

Manchester | Thurs, 21st January | 11.00am – 3.30pm     The Housing & Planning Bill, which was introduced in October, is currently making its way through Parliament. It contains many of the Government’s key reforms to the planning system. With major changes expected, what will 2016 hold for the different stakeholders involved? Nick Wood-Dow, deputy chairman of Chelgate Local, will chair a Westminster Briefing seminar on planning policy in 2016 in Manchester on January 21, 2016. The agenda includes: The Housing & Planning Bill and Government Planning Reforms Housing & Planning Bill measures and their impacts A legal duty for LAs […]

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UK energy policy: gas and fracking

December 7th, 2015 by

All coal-fired power stations will need to cease generating by 2025 – many will close far earlier due to a lack of investment. This will mean that a significant amount of gas-powered generation will need to be built in the next 10 years which, in turn, will result in an increase in the level of gas usage. The UK consumes, on average, three trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas a year. The North Sea, the main source of supplies since the 1970s, is now a mature field and only has approximately 19Tcf remaining. More than half our supplies are imported […]

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