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4 Comments

  • I’ve got a news tip – if it’s on the BBC news website, the general public regard that as news. I find it bizarre that most popular topics discussed elsewhere on the internet pertaining to the Lib Dems aren’t discussed here. The danger of the current approach is that a campaigner is hundreds of times more likely to encounter a voter that has heard something from the BBC news website than from here, and therefore much less likely to be able to come up with a decent answer on the doorstep than if they’d discussed the matter in the context of the original article. Conhome seems better at doing this with their daily “newslist” posts, Labourlist seems pretty bad at that sort of thing, maybe there’s a reason most external news is ignored, but I don’t think it helps anyone.

    When there’s a top 5 politics article on the Beeb you know hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people have read that narrative. It doesn’t matter whether you like it; it’s simply what most people think to be true, and therefore vital that Lib Dem campaigners have a considered view of these stories. Every time a major story is on the Beeb I often check back here to see whether there’s a correlating article, when there isn’t it looks like Lib Dems have their head firmly planted in the sand.

  • Eddie Sammon 18th Jan '15 - 2:00pm

    Over the past week I’ve amassed a list of nearly 60 potential articles to write and I should be able to start on them soon! I’ll be firing them off elsewhere too, but LDV will get the pick of the bunch! 🙂

    Best of luck

  • SIMON BANKS 19th Jan '15 - 8:50am

    On Chris B’s comment: I’m not sure that’s LDV’s role. To oversimplify a bit: Party HQ and ALDC should be briefing on the issues visited on us by the media. LDV is a space where we can discuss important issues that aren’t hitting the headlines. If we cease to do that, we’re failing in one of the fundamental duties of a party outside the top two.

    Not a gripe, but a comment on how the LDV system works: twice at least I’ve filled in the LDV survey on our views and answered the “Would you like to write for us – if so, tell us and we’ll be in touch shortly” question with a yes and no-one has been in touch. If in fact how it works is “just fire off an article to this address” maybe the survey should say that.

  • Hey Simon,
    I agree completely about discussing stuff that isn’t headline material, but there’s a General Election around the corner and the campaigns don’t seem to be going that well, mainly because the party seems disconnected with what voters are thinking. I’d of thought discussing what the media perception is would help with this a great deal. Most of these issues aren’t “visited on us by the media”, they’re events like David Wards twitter outburst or the results of polling, I’m certainly not suggesting merely reacting to opinion pieces in the Mail, but when the BBC says you’re done for 4 months before a General Election and millions read that article, it’s worth having a chat about, surely?

    I think we can safely say your best bet on articles is writing and sending in!

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