UPDATE: It’s becoming a thing:
UPDATE: It’s becoming a thing:
The LibDem’s Head of Strategic Research, Tom Smithard, has written to CTF, the firm run by Lynton Crosby, Mark Textor and Mark Fullbrook which was hired by the Conservatives at great expense to do their polling and give campaign advice. Guido has been passed Smithard’s strange request:
… As part of the Liberal Democrat general election review I’ve been asked look into how exactly the Conservatives managed to beat us in the marginals.
I appreciate there are some – maybe many – aspects to your work you wouldn’t necessarily want to detail to former opponents, however vanquished. However I was wondering if you or a member of your team would be willing to speak to me and unlock some of the secrets of your targeting strategy, polling work, ground campaigning etc. I’m sure we’d find whatever you had to say most instructive!
If you have any time to spare and are willing to talk me through some of your work I’d really appreciate it.
Guido asked the LibDems if they were perhaps being a bit naive? They admitted, on reflection, that they “expect the response will come in two words”.
An amused CTF insider suggests they should have asked Lord Ashcroft, who unlike CTF loves telling Labour and the Lib Dems what to do to win…
Andy Burnham is under increasing pressure to distance himself from his less reality-based online supporters – dubbed “Fandies” and condemned as “extremists” by rival camps. As Simon Danczuk told Guido in yesterday’s Sun:
“I’ve been really upset by it, and I’ve got pretty thick skin. All I’ve done is make some polite comments on Twitter and I get attacked by people swearing and abusing me. Some of the remarks I’ve received have been outrageous. It’s sad that it is reaching this level. These extremists are not doing Andy’s campaign any favours. He should distance himself from these people.”
Burnham’s team appears to have open channels with Clarke, indeed many of his MP supporters regularly share Clarke’s dubious content online. A Burnham aide even praised Clarke’s work to Buzzfeed: “Some of it’s quite creative; he’s a big fan of Andy’s”. Here is some of that “creative” work:
Is this the message Burnham is trying to get across?
Twitter’s favourite resident loony lefty, “doctor” of wimmin studies and serial idiot, Eoin Clarke, is recovering from election defeat by acting as some sort of internet heavy for Andy Burnham. This morning Simon Danczuk came to the attention of the good “doctor”:
Incidentally, a Twitter account called @LabourAndy has quickly amassed over 10,000 followers by tweeting out questionable claims and graphics, much like how one @LabourEoin made his reputation. The “unofficial account supporting Andy Burnham’s Labour Leadership Campaign” has been promoted by Burnham himself. When contacted by Guido, whoever runs @LabourAndy would not be drawn on whether or not their name is Eoin Clarke…
This morning Liz Kendall launched her new campaign website for her Labour leadership bid. You can go to lizforleader.com and get the latest:
Type in lizforleader.co.uk, however, and you get something quite different:
“Did you mean?” appears in the tab and you are redirected to Andy Burnham’s campaign site. Dirty tricks starting already?
UPDATE: And now anyone visiting lizforleader.co.uk gets rick rolled.
“We suffered a terrible defeat last week”, Labour general secretary Iain McNicol, who was sidelined by team Miliband during the election campaign, reminded supporters in an email last night. The purpose of the mass mail-out?
“I’m gathering together messages from Labour members and supporters to send Ed on Friday. If you’d like to write a quick note to Ed, click below — it can be as long or short as you like”
Guido has gathered up some for him, just what he wants to read on his beach in his Ibiza:
D. Miliband: “They didn’t want what was being offered”
P. Mandelson: “terrible… useless”
C. Umunna: “we need to get the message right”
L. Kendall: “moaning man in the pub”
T. Hunt: “We have moved backwards”
“It can be as long or short as you like…”
There were few undecideds on Twitter. It is an echo-chamber…
On the Twitter today Labour supporters think they are hitting back at the Sun’s front page featuring Ed Miliband unsuccessfully eating a bacon sandwich. In an act of solidarity Ed supporters are tweeting out selfies of themselves awkwardly swallowing food. Labour are proud that they are winning on Twitter, have they really thought this one through?[…]
Last night The Sun’s analysis said Labour won the Twitter:
The Press Association found that on Twitter Clegg had proportionately the most positive mentions:
Over at Fleishmann Hillard they found that Twitter was won by Cameron:
So there you have it, three different analyses of the same event on Twitter giving three different results in a three horse race.[…]
David “too many tweets make a twat” Cameron has made another bold prediction in an interview with the Spectator:
“The selfie will come, the selfie will go.”
As Guido reported in the Sun last month, the selfie has been a key part of the Cameron premiership:
“So adept are Dave’s selfie skills now that he often takes the phones off those who are too shy or cack-handed and does it for them.”
He tells the Speccie:
‘It is an extraordinary phenomenon,’ he says, ‘and it sometimes makes part of the process of politics quite difficult.
Twitter is unbearable on weekends at the best of times, but in election season it becomes a soul-destroying sphere of horse sh*t, with thousands of activists sharing grinning pictures and vague platitudes about the reaction ‘on the doorstep’.
Here’s one such interaction Labour won’t be sharing this side of the election, but should probably use in a’ how not to do it’ guide for the next time:
So far it’s had almost half a million views on Facebook.[…]