I'm not really convinced that I am voting for a party because I agree with everything they stand for. In fact, I know I'm not. We don't elect presidents. We elect representatives.
However, I'm not naive enough to suggest that there's not an element of tactics needed to decide who to vote for, particularly in this election. Hung parliament and all that caper.
Please, don't believe the hype. Hung parliaments are *not* the end of democracy. Far from it.
Back to the plot. I mentioned earlier that I had a conversation with one of the candidates and they were unwilling to get into these new media stuff. I'd challenged Lis Bardell to commit 20 minutes a day to share what she's doing, where she's been and what she's thinking about the campaign and see what happens. Make herself more human for more people.
This is her campaign website:
"I look forward to a continuing conversation with you – whatever your age - through the website"
How can we do that?
"I’ll also be glad to hear from you about issues that matter to you and I can be contacted at email@example.com"
So I've to send you an email... okay. But what if you get 100 emails on the same topic, surely better to publish your response online.
" As we develop the site I’ll be highlighting important issues at Westminster as they affect Scotland and the Livingston Constituency"
But this page hasn't been updated for weeks. Oops.
Let's have the conversation, Lis, but can we please make it open and honest and not in the depth of email. Sure there's stuff you don't want to broadcast, but there's the opportunity for SO MUCH MORE!
Maybe we could do it on Google Wave? Or just start a blog and say hello to your consituents who ARE online.
UPDATE (22:28) a comment on my previous post from "anonymous" (!) pointed me to Lis' campaign site here (and I love that there's photos of her favourite holiday views!) and her Facebook group here. Check them out for yourself and form your own view!
And lest you think I'm having a go at the SNP candidate on her own.
Many of the others aren't up to much in this space either...
Conservative (just a biog and the same chat as their leaflets)
BNP (I'm not linking to their content, but actually, there's a blog and it does allow (some) comment! Puts the others to shame).
UKIP (who are at least trying, with a forum on the page, but I had to hunt to find it...)
Scottish Socialist (A full-on blog, sharing existing content, shame about the design ;->)
So, all in all, no-one is online speaking about the area, about the people, about the local issues - except (dare I say it) the BNP?!
PS - the excellent VoteGeek has the full candidate list and contact details. No idea who Jim Slavin is tho...