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The Parliamentary Milk Pail

What is the biggest threat to your carefully planned lobbying strategy? Chris Hodder explains. If you've ever tried to do anything in politics, you'll know the feeling: you spend months building a relationship, you're just at the stage where certain things are unsaid but understood and then somebody resigns, and your minister is reshuffled to

Advice, Brexit

Inside the Sausage Machine: Lobbying in the EU

Rowan director Chris Hodder explains the overarching principle of lobbying in the EU. Whatever happens with Brexit, businesses which trade with the EU will certainly have to deal with EU rules and regulations for the foreseeable future. In fact, if plans for a common rulebook still end up being adopted or the UK fails to


Ping-Pong and Whips – Strange Words Used in Parliament

Chris Hodder takes a quick look at a handful of odd terms used in parliament. Parliamentary language can be quite impenetrable to those of us on the outside, especially when they take a word that means something else in normal usage. Understanding some of the terms requires a good understanding of how parliament works, but


Why Society Needs Lobbying

Chris Hodder investigates the reasons why lobbying exists and the value it holds for wider society. Lobbying and its related activities (advocacy, public affairs) are all about either trying to change politics or stopping it from changing. As a company, Rowan Public Affairs has done much of this over the decades. However, not everyone appreciates

Advice, Brexit

Why Local Elections Matter

Not all parts of the country will be having local elections this May, but the press are keeping a keen eye on the results regardless. Craig Carey-Clinch examines what impact the polls will have on local and national politics. With the local elections upon us, many will wonder what, if anything, voting in such elections


4 Top Tips for Writing a Policy Document

Writing policy documents is hard. Usually they contain some incontestable facts, but also a lot of narrative and will need to summarise multiple viewpoints from stakeholders who may not always agree on the priorities. And they’re almost always either written by a committee or signed off by one. Here are a few tips to prevent


Brexit Analysis: Draft Withdrawal Agreement

The publication of a draft EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement has been greeted with relief as a significant step on the road to Brexit. But there is still a lot of ground to cover before an end is in sight. The draft agreement’s headline achievement has been to define a post-Brexit transitional period, which will last 21


A.I. Ist Kein Übermensch

The biggest risk posed by autonomous cars is not the technology, but the blind faith users will place in it. Sunday’s fatality in Arizona will be the first of many and expectations should be lowered. The technology that permits cars to drive themselves is truly a modern miracle. However, it also has many weak points.


On Bowling Balls, CE Marks and Other NTBs

Is Trump right to talk balls with regards to US car sales in Japan? The answer is “yes”. On Wednesday 14th, US President Donald Trump made some claims about Japanese regulators throwing bowling balls at car bonnets to see if they make a dent. He said this was an unfair barrier to US car makers