On Thursday, the CIPR’s Public Affairs Group had its annual Christmas dinner, in Mayfair – with most of the great and the good of the industry present.
Lord Dobbs, author of the House of Cards trilogy and the late Margaret Thatcher’s chief of staff, give an entertaining and self-deprecating speech. He spoke on the importance of public affairs and also how he came to write House of Cards. After leaving Mrs T’s employment, he got to go on holiday with his wife for the first time in years. But his break was frustrated by reading a big-selling but really awful novel. His wife told him that if he thought he could do better, he ought to write one himself. He did, and it changed his life.
Simon McVicker, chairman of the Public Affairs Group, announced that he would be stepping down from running the group at the AGM after three years, to much heckling (“re-stand!”). And Gill Morris was awarded the inaugural Douglas Smith Memorial Prize for lifetime achievement in public affairs.
The food was amazing. So was the company.
— CIPR Public Affairs (@CIPR_PA) December 4, 2014