Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Blogging and Politics

A propos of nothing specific really, except the huge fizzing in the blogosphere with campaigns to unseat labour with a lib/con coalition of bloggers, and the invocation of Henry II's 'troublesome priest' cry by Nosemonkey amongst others - all of which makes me wonder whether we'd have had less than the eighteen years of Tory misrule which blighted the first part of my adult life if we'd had the internet tools, including blogging and newsfeeds back in the 1990s? I wonder.

3 Comments:

Blogger MatGB said...

It took a long time for the crystalisation of support Duverger predicted in the 80s to happen, mostly due to poor information.

I think you're right, and hope that's the point; better information leads to improved voter behaviour; we can organise a lot better now, and then pass the info on.

I suspect a vote trading campaign will be something to work on late 2008/2009, amongst other things.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006  
Blogger The Blind-Winger Jones said...

I think the prospect of a lib/con coalition could actually play into Labour hands. Vote liberal, get the Tories. It wouldn't go down too well in Labour heartlands where the lib-dems are the main challengers. It would make me, more not less likely to vote Labour as the prospect of a grinning Tory on the steps of 10 Downing Street is stomach turning.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006  
Blogger MatGB said...

Martyn; that's why I'm pushing the idea that the LibDems need also to stress their differences and keepa strong 'left' appearance, they need it in virtually all their seats.

Ideally, of course, it'd be a grinning LibDem, but, well, can't expect everything...

Thursday, February 16, 2006  

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