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Jonny Mulligan

International Communications Advisor and Corporate Affairs Strategist

Eighteen years experience working as a corporate affairs strategist & communications advisor for the boards and CEOs of multinational companies, brands and governments in the Middle-East and Europe. Experienced energy (upstream, midstream, downstream), technology, FMCG, real estate, renewables, sustainability, environment, health and philanthropy, development aid and constitutional reform. Articles reflect themes that interest me and are my own views unattributed to any otehr person or organisation.

Xi Jingping Dream Set To Shape China For The Future

The west is well used to the "panda diplomacy" which has seen the worldwide symbol of conservation used as an instrument of China's soft power. But more significant are the now-ubiquitous Confucius Institutes established in more than 500 university campuses around the world, through which the Chinese state is also trying to control international academic discourse on topics related to China.
30/10/2017 14:25 GMT

Understanding Trump's Visit To Saudi Arabia

Businesses will need to cut through the media headlines and political optics to understand where opportunities will come from following the visit. Speculative markets have always been vulnerable to the illusion.
23/05/2017 11:09 BST

The Influence Of Political Economics On A Business Strategy

One must never underestimate the role of the political economy and its influence on a business strategy. Government and regulation are the directors of the global economic theatre. The interconnectedness of which means that decisions in one part of the world have a rippling effect on the other.
21/03/2017 15:26 GMT

Thatcher's Legacy Is the Biggest Threat to a Labour 2015 Election Win

Thatcher's legacy is potent and ironically it has the potential to win the Conservatives the next election. At this point Labour has very nearly left it too late to convince the public of a clear direction. The Conservatives can retro-fit her legacy to give their current policies some meaning and identity.
10/04/2013 17:20 BST

Tax Scams Thrash Your Brand and The Economy

In my new political incarceration as a 'striver' I am angry. I got out of bed this morning knowing that there is nothing that my company, the people I work with or many of our clients can do. I feel stupid in the knowledge that the decks are stacked against us, we are not on a level playing field and their is nothing we can do.
18/10/2012 10:03 BST

Ken: Tory and Cross-Bench Peers are Leading Legal Aid Revolt, Not Labour

This week, after the eight defeat on the legal aid bill in the house of lords a source close to Ken Clarkes responded by saying: <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17289991" target="_hplink">"It's yet another example of Labour peers behaving like they're in the Greek parliament, not the House of Lords</a>." This is wrong and its not Labour.
09/03/2012 09:56 GMT

Will Peers Vote to Cut Legal Aid for 645,000 Women, Children and Families?

Today peers will vote on amendments that will decide the future of the legal aid budget for over 645,000 women, children, families, pensioners and citizens in England and Wales. Sound off for Justice and the group campaigning against the bill all recognise that we must save the taxpayer money. This has never been and issue and we know how to save £40 million more than the government. What is in contention is how we do this and what is 'fair and reasonable'?
07/03/2012 09:15 GMT