Germans like political stability and not straying far from the path of pragmatism and moderation. Olaf Scholz represented a change but also Merkel-ist continuity – is this the new norm for Germany?
Some people always vote. Some people never vote. Most people sometimes vote. Why does this matter?
Canada’s election campaign was creative and bent previous norms. Yet Parliament will return largely unchanged. Why did Canadians not waver and choose parties with bold agendas – apathy, or a desire for stability?
The Elections Bill is at committee stage in the House of Commons. It has the potential to have major impacts on voter numbers and the characteristics of the UK electorate, giving 3 million British citizens overseas the right to vote for life. What impact will this have on democracy and the Electoral Commission?
London has witnessed a dramatic fortnight with the return of Extinction Rebellion. The movement has once again divided opinion, and made itself heard, but more importantly are they bringing campaigning into a new era?
I am sure many of us have sat in association meetings and been told at least once that we don’t need traditional literature anymore and “everything can be done via social media”. In truth, all forms of media provide a way of communicating with the electorate and all have value if used sensibly at the right time. Social media is no different. So, what is the best way to use it?
QR codes have been a quirky addition to marketing campaigns for some time, but with near ubiquitous smartphone use, especially amongst those hardest to canvas by traditional methods, they are a tool all campaigns should be using to maximise data capture.
As MPs and constituency officers pore over the details of the review released publicly this morning, there may well be some fulminating and harrumphing about some of the changes.
Whilst overall the review is seen by many commentators as consolidating or improving the Conservative position, there are places where sitting Conservative MPs might be feeling more vulnerable this morning.
Maintaining a high level of contact with electors is proven to deliver results at council level, and where turnout is low, this can mean the difference between winning and losing. Historically this took the form of leafleting and canvassing, door-to-door or by phone, but increasingly leaflets go straight in the recycling and fewer people are willing to engage with canvassers. This is where digital tools become game changers.