23 Feb
2011

NO campaign leaving Yes to AV in the dust

I support the Yes to AV campaign for British electoral reform. My colleague here on the Green Words Workshop, Rupert Read, does too (and he’s written a couple of excellent recent pieces supporting AV here and here).

Unfortunately I’m concerned that the No campaign is leaving the Yes camp far behind, in terms of their framing, emotional appeal and general communication. The Yes camp just don’t know how to do cognitively-informed communication. The No side clearly do.
Martin Kettle rightly identifies the British people’s annoyance with politics in his Guardian piece last week “Public hostility to politics will deliver a yes to AV”.

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07 Feb
2011

5 reasons to ignore Melanie Phillips (or Glenn Beck, or that old geezer down the pub)

It’s impossible to look at my friends’ Twitter updates these days without seeing at least one reference to Melanie Phillips (American readers can simply substitute the name “Glenn Beck” – you’ll get the same idea).

This Daily Mail columnist is a crusader against “the homosexual lifestyle” that is “destroying” Western civilisation, the evils of multiculturalism, and the “utter garbage witch-hunt” that is climate change science. She believes the Church of England is anti-semitic, that Barack Obama is almost certainly secretly a Muslim and that his administration is forwarding what she calls a “revolutionary Marxism”. She argues that evolution is “merely a theory” and supports the teaching of Intelligent Design in British schools. And she feels that the NHS – Britain’s national health service – needs “a bullet through its brain”.

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