Cameron embraces blogs

Last week I said on Pickled Politics that Gordon Brown needed to embrace blogs to at least try and re-connect with the youth. Labour is quite rightly seen as a party obsessed with spin and out of touch with its electorate.

A few days later, coincidentally, the Guardian revealed that the Tories had unveiled WebCameron, an attempt by their leader to reconnect with the youth through online technology.

Labour activists may dismiss this as cheap PR tactics but they miss the point: the internet has become the modern youth’s primary means of communication and to avoid a big presence in this medium is not only foolhardy, but shows a contempt for the way communication is going.

Labour has to not only get down and dirty, it also has to find ways of opening itself up to outside criticism without being overwhelmed. Either way it needs to get itself in tune with the web and on this it is way behind the others. Shame.

1 / October / 2006  Global politics 
  • 1. Amey Singh-Chaugule  |  October 1st, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    Liked the Cameron’s blog, esp. the theme. F*** Labour, Tories for 2009.

  • 2. leon  |  October 2nd, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    I’m starting to believe that Neo Labour won’t get it or use it until they need it; when they are out of power and desperate to get back in.

  • 3. sonia  |  October 4th, 2006 at 11:26 am

    David Miliband’s got a blog. And he even allows comments! I keep meaning to write and say oi David what’s with all this plastic recyling? ( i.e there isn’t any)
    One MP whose blog i follow regularly is Lynne Featherstone - (LibDem) MP for Hornsey and Wood Green. Interesting woman.

  • 4. Sunny  |  October 4th, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    Yeah I follow Lynne Featherstone too but she doesn’t seem to comment much on wider issues, just narrow stuff relating to her constituency.

  • 5. leon  |  October 5th, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    Tom Watsons also a good read, David Miliband is boring beyond measure. Lynnes is not too bad though…

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