Election Cancelled

February 17, 2010

The whole idea that the next GE campaign will be fought on the internet leaves much to be desired.

Hardly anybody is on Twitter. Nobody really cares to read comments on blogs, posted by ‘rapid reaction task forces’. Editing party posters on websites is amsusing, but never hilarious.

The conservative party have some good ideas about websites. The idea of launching your own campaign from a web 2.0 style interface goes a long way to engaging people in politics in a constructive way.

But how many constituencies are going to be really rocked by the reality bloggery, and opinionless drivel that we read these days? Sure you might have the odd scoop on Guido Fawkes (please don’t read the comments) or whatever, but in the main its just news people and politicians twittering to each other. As long as they believe they are setting the agenda, they won’t.

I’m sure local people have for the most part decided what they will vote, although thats not to say that polls of how they feel can’t change.

If people want to campaign for a GE, do it not by telling people what you believe, but by living it. I left the Labour party because I thought I could do what I wanted to do more easily, or at least find more people with the same interests, within the church than politics. I mean I’ll still vote Labour. I’ve made my decision. But instead of handing out petitions for other people to act on some local issue, why not do it yourself?

I tried to organise some folks to go around to clean up estates etc, provide real assistance to single parents etc.
‘Ah its an election year though, maybe another time’ was frequently the lukewarm excuse, from various aspiring tony blairs.
Yet people from the church sign up in droves – from all affiliations. I think that folks would find it far more credible if political party groups spent the entire time between elections not as a rapid reaction blog comments task force but as a social action task force in their local area. Clean streets, redecorate flats, build parks, if you really believe in what you say you do then do it.

If you catch yourself trying to get people to vote for you, you’re on the wrong track.


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