It was refreshing to see the PR industry put aside its differences
and work together for the common good.
This refers, of course, to the work done by the PRCA and the APPC to
ensure that good sense prevailed with regard to London Mayor Ken
Livingstone’s ban on lobbyists in the GLA headquarters.
The two organisations joined together to write a letter to Ken, and to
the Committee on Standards in Public Life commissioner Lord Neill,
expressing how ’deeply troubled’ they were at the suggestion to ban
Last week it emerged that this proposal had indeed been abandoned. Simon
Nayyar, chairman of the PRCA Public Affairs Committee told the Diary
that what was ’plainly a nonsense’ has been righted.
’We are delighted to hear that he recognises that it would be illogical
and improper to seek to treat lobbysists differently from every other
class of individual or organisation,’ he says.
He goes on to say that while Lord Neill was quick to respond to the
letter, the PRCA and APPC are yet to hear from Ken on the matter.
Nonetheless, Nayyar adds ’we are looking forward to working with the