Posts by Rich Lock

  • Hard News: First-person media and the…, in reply to william blake,

    I really wish I had a v log and an audience when I was an adolescent but I'm really glad I didn't.

    A perennial 'let's all give thanks' amongst my social circle is: 'I'm really glad there wasn't any social media back when we young and (extremely) stupid'. I'm glad I did the shit I did, and I'm even more glad the direct audience was usually limited to a maximum of around seven people I knew.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Rich Lock,

    ...and I repeat:

    If, 15 years into the 21st Century (when we are continually told traditional media is in steep near-terminal decline), the Labour Party cannot work out how to at least neutralise bad press, then they're not exactly inspiring confidence that they'll be able to govern, are they?

    The SNP victory has effectively made Scotland a single-party state. How did they do thay in the teeth of a hostile press? I suspect that might be a far better question for Labour to be asking, rather than wondering how far right they need to travel before they'll start snapping up that coveted Dail Mail endorsement.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Don Christie,

    But it is the media that it needs to work out or work around

    Riddle me this: If 'The Media' is the problem, how has Labour, or any other left-leaning party, ever managed to win an election, ever?

    I'm not an expert on 20th-Century newpapers and other media outlets, but I'm having a bit of difficulty imagining that the mainstream wasn't generally mostly extremely hostile to Ramsay MacDonald, Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson, and James Callaghan.

    There's been some post-election analysis of the shonky pre-election polls. The smart money seems to be suggesting that the tory footsoldiers on the ground were quietly getting on with what needed to be done, outside the traditional media/polls bubble.

    If, 15 years into the 21st Century (when we are continually told traditional media is in steep near-terminal decline), the Labour Party cannot work out how to at least neutralise bad press, then they're not exactly inspiring confidence that they'll be able to govern, are they?

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Labour just got the basics wrong and have been for a very long time.

    ...and continue to get the basics wrong in the post-wipeout blame game by immediately shouting that the solution is MOAR BLAIR.

    There's some truth in that, but absolutely not for the reasons thay think.

    New Labour won comprehensively in 1997 for two reasons, the first of which was Tory sleaze - the reason Martin Bell, running on a single-issue ticket, was able to thrash Neil Hamilton in the 'safe' tory seat of Tatton, and the reason Stephen Twigg was able to thrash Portillo in the 'safe' Tory seat of Enfield Southgate.

    The second of which, interwoven with the first, was Blair. But crucially, not his policies. He was young, fresh, energetic and most importantly of all, charismatic. A direct contrast to the tired, venal, exhausted Major government.

    I'd be delighted if politics suddenly turned into a cold, sober debate over the merits of various policies, but it ain't gonna happen.

    Labour needs a Rock Star, A Personality, A Red Bull who is going to give the electorate wings with their 'wow' factor. Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage have it, more than enough to keep them high in the game despite being vile people. Winston Peters has it. John Key, David Cameron and Tony Abbott (and Helen Clarke) have enough of it (or are able to fake a bare minimum of it) that they can combine with their policies to sell them to the electorate.

    Ed Miliband didn't. He's a central-casting politics spod.
    Gordon Brown? Yeah, Nah....

    So, yes, Labour needs another Blair. But not his policies.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Andre,

    That referendum seems like yesterday

    Perhaps a month or two too soon as far as the 'yes' camp is concerned. It seems that the momentum of the pendulum is swinging Scotland towards independence, or a variant thereof. If Scotland wants to stay in the EU, but England wants to leave (now that the tories are back in, there'll be a refurendum in 2017), I can't see the union holding together.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Now anyone want to take a guess why Labour isn't having a very good night?

    1) A horribly uncharismatic leader;
    2) an electorate who don't see sufficient in-house-cleaning taking place after Blair shat on the carpet.

    Edit: bonus round. Dear Mr Clegg, that's what happens when you break all your election promises and hop into bed with a party the vast majority of the people who voted for you think are evil scum.

    Double edit: Dear Labour, if you don't think you need further in-house cleaning, please take a look at Scotland.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    If anyone's interested, the results of the 2010 election, in terms of percentage of votes cast, and seats won, are here.

    The briefest of looks at the results (libdems win under a quarter of the seats of labour, on 23% of the votes compared to labours only slightly bigger 29%, and 'others' win 23 seats - nearly half as many as the libdems - with 3.5% of the votes) is quite a strong argument for some sort of voting reform.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to WaynePhillips,

    Someone educate me please - who was pushing for the MMP referendum? A political party, or concerned citizens?

    It was a referendum on AV, not MMP. The background is here.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Anyway, some thoughts that aren't replies:

    - Apart from what's already been said, I think we're going to see a substantial rise in the green vote. There's a lot of very disgruntled ex-labour, ex-libdem champagne socialists out there.

    - I live in the UKIP heartland of east england. It's very disquieting seeing the rise in support for them amongst the locals.

    - having voted in three elections in NZ under MMP, I now take the slightest of opportunities to proselytise wildly and at length to anyone who'll listen/not get out of the corner quickly enough. It's notable how little understanding there is of the benefits and problems with any of the alternatives, even amongst those who are 1) smart and educated, and 2) in favour of reform.

    - every single major party (with the exception of the SNP if you count them as a major party) has run a really, really shitty campaign. Pissups, breweries, etc.

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Matthew L,

    which means, at the very least, that the NHS will be gone by 2020

    It's that kind of hyperbole that puts me off the progressive movement. I will cheerfully bet you my life savings that even if the Conservatives win by a crushing landslide and Cameron rules by fiat, your prediction will not come true.

    Since the foundations have been put in place for the sell-off already, and we're so far down the road that one half-decent shove by a re-elected Tory government will complete the job, I think you should probably do a bit more homework before making foolish bets. I'll leave you your house and pension, but feel free to send over your beer fund.

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