Things have been hectic lately for newly appointed IPR President
and chairman of Pielle Consulting Peter Walker. To add to his added
workload Walker has also had to escape from a bunch of angry
Patriotic Welshman Walker was in Cardiff last week to meet with the
senior PR advisers to Ron Davies, secretary of state for Wales, when he
encountered the rampaging masses protesting against restrictions on
British Beef outside the Welsh office building.
Walker was in the Welsh capital to discuss the role of the IPR and
lobbying in general with regard to the proposed Welsh assembly. On
arriving at the building his colleagues clocked the protesters and
advised that evasive action might be the best course.
He was met by an aide and bundled in through the back door of the Welsh
Office, avoiding any confrontations. Walker told me: ’It was very
Because of the protesting farmers I thought I was in France not
While Walker didn’t fancy using his PR skills to quell the protesters,
his talks with Davies’ team went rather more smoothly. ’They were issues
that had to be discussed and our meeting went well,’ he adds.