Monthly Archives: May 2011

A year to remember

To mark the anniversary of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition, the Labour Party have released an online commemorative calendar which give the electorate a day-by-day account of all the policies that they feel are misjudged and all embarrassing events that have occurred.

Clearly the Labour Party feel that all the unfair or lamentable actions of the Coalition haven’t recieved enough attention in the last year, so have built a microsite to remind the media of the year that was.

I understand the compulsion for the Labour Party’s attack team to create something like this.  It must be frustrating to have gone a whole year without really owning or leading the news agenda.  But trying to get people to write about (quite literally) last year’s old news just doesn’t seem to me to be a worthwhile way to spend time and energy.

As Andrew Rawnsley wrote in the Observer on the weekend:

“Berating the incumbents may make Labour people feel warm with moral outrage, but being the angry party is not the same as looking like a plausible alternative.”

Better to get on the front foot.

Political advertising is a sad business

As regular readers will know, I love reading a good rant against political advertising as discipline, and I just stumbled across an absolute gem regarding the recent Canadian elections.

What’s always interesting is that time and again, even those who detract most from political advertising (often with good reason), the effectiveness of it is rarely questioned.