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Election Notes 2010: On losing

It’s more than a month since the General Election and I have one last post to make in my Election Notes series. I’ve been sitting on it because I was unsure exactly what I wanted to say. I made some notes at the time. This is a verbatim extract from the Sunday after the General …

Election Notes: iPhone Snaps

Before I close off the Election Notes series, I have a few more posts to make when I have a moment. Yesterday, I finally cleared some snaps off my phone and put them on flickr. You can find the set here. Here are several of my favourites.

Election Notes: Something for the geeks.

I thought this graphic might be interesting to political geeks out there. It’s the visitors to nancyplatts.com (Brighton Pavilion’s Labour candidate) in the run up to the general election. I’ve taken the numbers off: consider this indicative. I didn’t really know what to expect trafficwise but this is quite useful and entirely as you might …

Election Notes 30/04/10: Fantasy TV Debates

As the Cleggsurge shows, those TV Debates really have made a massive difference to the General Election. Personally, I’ve found them a little dull. Cameron kept pushing for them and must surely be regretting that. He wasn’t as good as good as he reckoned he’d be. As a former secretary of the Eton College Debating …

Election Notes 29/04/10: The battle of hustings

Anyone who cares about democracy is in favour of anything that breathes life into politics. That could be electoral reform, Twitter, public meetings, canvassing, men dressed in chicken suits. There are actually lots of ways of encouraging discussion and debate. All are good. I’m just not sure about hustings. I’m certain that they don’t deserve …

Election Notes 28/04/10: Going Postal

The postal votes are out there now. In Brighton Pavilion, something like 10000 voters will be voting postally. It’s astonishing. It’s also tantalising to wonder what those ballots cast could tell us but that must elude us. The postal vote packs went out last week and a great percentage have been returned already. It does …

Election Notes 26/04/10: Fast forward to May 7th?

Do you know David Hare’s play The Absence of War? It’s a thinly veiled account of Kinnock’s experience in the 1992 campaign. In the play, Labour leader George Jones loses to a man rather more like David Cameron than John Major. I saw it at the national theatre many moons ago with John Thaw as …

Election Notes 25/04/10: Beware polite Tories

As any activist knows, canvassing isn’t really about persuasion (although it does sometimes turn into a discussion, and quite right too). It’s predominantly a data collecting exercise. Where is your support? Make sure you solidify it. Get your people out on polling day. That’s why I love a Tory on the doorstep. I thank them …

Election Notes 22/04/10: Before 1997, before Iraq

The retiring MP for Brighton Pavilion, David Lepper, is a good man. I’ve told him off about voting for the Digital Economy Bill. Fear not. But he worked hard to get to parliament and there are very few folk who’d say he hasn’t been a great local MP since 1997. David has been clearing out …

Election Notes 21/04/10: I voted Green once

Not many years ago, when I lived in London, I was voting in the Mayoral election or the like. It might have been an MEP election. I can’t recall. But it was a PR election because I’m certain I voted Green as my second preference. Why did I vote Green? I couldn’t tell you that …