Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bob Roberts, Director of Communications for Ed Miliband 2010-15, excused his lack of awareness

On Daily Politics this lunchtime Bob Roberts, Director of Communications for Ed Miliband 2010-15, excused his lack of awareness on what was happening during the election campaign on the polls ("we had the same information as everyone else").

And yet the accompanying film showed Ed Miliband announcing that Labour would be having "four million" conversations with voters within four months.

IF those four million conversations had taken place Bob Roberts would have had a complete picture of the public mood and voting intentions (a poll of a thousand may be liable to error, a poll of ten thousand may be liable to error, a poll of four million would leave no room for doubt).

Therefore we must conclude that those four million conversations did not take place.

Unless and until political parties (all parties) start engaging directly with voters on an individual basis they do not deserve to be elected.

The standard needs to be one of large party associations in all constituencies carrying out a FULL canvass during the three weeks up to election day, with the candidate doing the lion's share - and yes that does mean calling on up to 150 households per day and going back when people are out, and talking to ALL the members of a family not just assuming they will all vote the same way.

I want this done in safe seats, and marginals and no-hopers.

Until you can do that please do not call yourself a serious politician.

And for the Conservatives, I do not want to see individuals getting onto the approved candidates list unless they have DEMONSTRATED (with credible evidence and proven track-record in numbers of new signed-up members) their stamina in sustained door to door canvassing (and we can start this in Scotland where the Conservatives have an opportunity to completely rebuild the party).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mjxb

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