A good day for PRs to bury bad news?

I gathered via Matt Wardman‘s Blogpower email that the guys in parliament have been extra busy issuing ministerial written statements in the run up to their Summer holidays.  A written ministerial statement is used to provide or announce:

  • Detailed information and statistics from the government.

  • The publication of reports by government agencies.

  • Findings of reviews and inquiries and the government’s response.

  • Financial and statistical information.

  • Procurement issues.

  • Procedure and policy initiatives of government departments.

That doesn’t sound exactly like the kind of important statement to issue on your last day of term, unless you are hoping that the contents will avoid close media and/or public scrutiny.  Thirteen of these statements were released last Friday; today Hansard has a list of over 30:

Whether the content of any of these statements – or the dozens more issued in recent days – is critical or not, I’m not qualified to say.  I only hope that others who don’t have the luxury of weeks away from their day jobs are able to devote the attention to reviewing them.

With so many statements issued on one day it is hard not to be cynical and imagine more than a few government PR advisors are hoping to bury bad news.

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

3 thoughts on “A good day for PRs to bury bad news?”

  1. One comparison that needs to be made is with the “normal” flow of Statements, and this does seem to be genuinely higher.

    Incidentally, I’ve been asking today about how to access documents “lodged in the House of Commons Librarty”, and the House of Commons Information Office (part of the Parliamentary support setup) were wonderfully efficient.

    See http://tinyurl.com/5b8kkz

    I’ll ask some harder questions on Monday ;-).


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