Monday, April 30, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
"This is a real test as to whether your public relations respray job on the Tories means anything at all,"
Unless the voter can have an impact (in marginal seats), feel the election is important (the government may change or a particular MP needs saving), and are engaged by the parties, they are not going to bother. So don't offer cheap incentives, change the electoral system, ensure the parties are significantly different, and communicate ideas as well as image, then we may actually see voters voting.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
One passenger who gave him an enthusiastic welcome was Michael Gustav Nordgren, a 42-year-old who was on a journey through life! Mr Nordgren said he liked Mr Cameron, but could not promise him his vote next week: “I don't live in Ipswich, I live in Hell!” he said with a smile. “I've met all the celebrities - Jodie Marsh, Bill Wyman. But David Cameron, he's cool!”
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
His second moment was the softer side of a man who liked a good time. Playing the spoons and dancing on stage. This is often documented alongside Clinton's saxophone playing and the many other attempts by politicians to seek attachments to celebrities and popular culture. However it can also be read as trying to make a connection, showing the more human side of the politician. It did him no harm, that's for sure. Whatever his legacy will be, and Russia remains in flux, he is partially the architect of the nation's future and the fact that freedom now is greater, despite the inequalities and hints of totalitarianism, he should be applauded.
"I've had enough of people moaning about their local councils but never doing anything about it... This song is our way of reminding people that they do get the chance, every four years, to decide how they want things to be done so don't miss out. Local politics affect everyone's lives and deals with issues which cannot be ignored like waste and recycling, planning, affordable homes, clean streets and reducing crime... Oh, and before you ask, no public money was spent in this recording... The Council Tax Band has high hopes the single will help inspire people to vote"
"It seems voter apathy has engulfed the town just 10 days before residents are
due to go to the polls for the local elections... None of the 30 people
questioned... knew who their current councillor was or who else was standing for
election. In the straw poll it was found that just under a third surveyed said
they would be voting."
Monday, April 23, 2007
Political Choice, noun, redundant in UK, expired early 21st Century
Sunday, April 22, 2007
The UK panel, from the 2005 election seemed to talk more about the issues not being addressed, or the parties being too similar on the major issues; so not offering a choice. Muriel's counterpart Paul Holdsworth complained of the lack of a 'World Poverty Day'; his overview of the campaign was "Too few issues of any importance were discussed and too much effort was placed on dull, stale issues which failed to resonate with much of the electorate". The contrast with the French election is stark, issues are central to the panelists' remarks and there seems no shortage of information. Yes, something is wrong with UK elections; is this a surprise?
Voters appear to feel the UK 2005 election campaign to lack saliency, relevance to their lives. Any marketer will tell you that to get people involved then they need to feel they have a reason to listen in the first place. Not to say all voters do not listen at all, but the arguments suggest that when the lsiten they hear nothing of value so have difficulties making an informed choice; the French seem to have information overload. At the last election research showed that Labour were closest to the public in their prioritisation of issues, but were still not completely in sync; this does not the seem the case in France even if the 'offerings' lack appeal to everyone the voters seem to understand the nature of each of the candidates political stance (perhaps vive la difference is not appropriate here)!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Iain Dale's face superimposed on Uncle Fester is memorable if nothing else (sorry Iain). However there is a response:
The question here is though, will the ordinary Youtuber actually perceive both sides as 'eeky, ooky, mysteriously spooky' and in the end not actually worth voting for if this is the level of political debate they can offer. The advantage is that the anti-UKIP message is attributable to 18 Doughty Street, not the Conservative Party while UKIP is clearly the sponsor in all of its attack videos; perhaps then UKIP could be the main loser in this if viewers do indeed take a dim view of such attacks.
"If we question the path we are travelling then we question our very existence... if we allow our supreme leader to be opposed openly it will damage the very fabric of our society... any election must act as an expression of unity in the face of our opponents"
This is the interpretation of Joseph Stalin's arguments against democracy as offered by my political theory lecturer Geriant Williams as copied religiously from his slides. Bizarrely these sentiments are now being echoed in a Blairite led argument against Charles Clarke standing against Brown and so having a contest for leader of the party and nation.
A contest would be a distraction, it would divide the party, it would create camps, it would expose the arguments for not having Brown as leader. Well perhaps this is required, it may only give voice to sentiments that are already in the public sphere care of the media. But dividing the party is a big statement; the Cameron/Davis campaign did not split the Conservatives; even the disastrous events of the Liberal Democrat leadership contest did not create open battle lines. There appears to be a real fear within the Labour central office of the effects of a contest, however the fact that the deals and arguments are made public means everyone is aware of it all and it could be as damaging, if not more so, as a leadership contest. Perhaps this is the last gasp of control freakery.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
As an aside, Bush once called the war on terror a fight for freedom;
juxtapose this with the well worn saying "one man's terrorist is another man's
freedom fighter". Ironic eh?
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Poster 'karljt' asks what the chances of Balls becoming Chancellor are; perhaps they should seek out this video (usefully Youtube flags it as related).
Perhaps after watching this 'salader1' hits the mark better when asking "Is your name balls because thats what you talk?" I love the freedom of user generated content and the open forum. Anyone remember the Big Conversation?? How long will it be before Labourvision disappears as they find it is impossible to censor or control either the site, its links or public interaction?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
'If we expect our teachers to instill the old three “R”s: reading, writing and
arithmetic; then we must develop a new three R’s: rules, responsibility and
Yet the speech begins rambling about the atrocities against postal workers in Northern Ireland up to 1994, the building of trade unions in Iraq and then a rather nebulous discussion of social responsibility. Had the soundbite not been published it would probably not have been found, reading it I at first thought he was trying to bury some bad news about conduct in schools after many months since the launch of RESPECT (the Blair campaign not the Galloway party). Is it any wonder that we question the professionalism of political communicators when they try to deliver several different messages all at once, when they find themselves unable to be clear and concise. Again, the basic rules of communication are smashed to smithereens!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
No wonder he looks a little downcast as he says this is a way of getting an unmediated message out to the voter, please, no, don't laugh, its not nice to mock! However he does get a few hits, 11,7001 for mind you not sure this is the message he wants to communicate.