With a Government with a majority of one, an election in the offing, and
all manner of lurking horrors on BSE, Europe, and Northern Ireland, we
should not be too surprised when the normal political certainties start
to look a little shaky.
Last week’s decision to refer bids by National Power and Powergen for
two electricity companies to the MMC came as a shock, not least to the
lobbyists involved. But the message this decision sends out is that all
bets are off, at least until the election.
It is a salutary reminder that neither lobbyists nor PR people can ever
guarantee outcomes -and they would be foolish to claim that they can.
What they can do is give their clients the best possible chance of
succeeding - even though political circumstances may eventually conspire