Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Traditional Methods Work for Lib Dems
Unfortunately Richard was the only candidate I could not contact when I had the idea of inviting the candidates to introduce themselves on this blog. In fact when I contacted the Lib Dem constituency office, I was told that they did not have contact details for their own candidate and I would have to go through the leader, Cllr Keith House.
Keith declined the invitation, stating that the Lib Dems would rely on "traditional methods" of campaigning. It is hard to criticise that decision, given the result of the by-election. I do hope, though, that in future Hedge End elections the Lib Dems and other candidates will consider participating in online campaigning alongside the traditional methods of loads of paper leaflets and knocking on people's doors during The One Show.
I'd like to thank Paul Redding, Ray Turner and Michale O'Donoghue for taking the time to respond and take part. There was a time when election candidates were willing to submit themselves to hustings where they met their prospective voters face to face and answered their questions in person. Online question and answer sessions are a modernisation of that tradition.
There is at least one e-lector out there who appreciated the effort. Perhaps we have started something.
(Photo credit: Hedge End Town Council)