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Westministenders: Before the Fire Alarm of Rome goes off

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RedToothBrush Thu 11-May-17 22:22:10

I’m going to keep this one very simple.


Postal votes start to go out on 23rd May.

Your challenge is to persuade someone to register to vote or to get someone who is considering not to, to get their arse to the polling station.

Go forth and harass. Especially women and the young.

That’s it. No frills OP.

Calyx72 Thu 11-May-17 22:29:04

Good one and thanks Red flowers

BigChocFrenzy Thu 11-May-17 22:30:43

Thanks, red
Crikey, didn't realise we'd filled another thread
Did you realise last year what you were starting !

woman12345 Thu 11-May-17 22:32:16

Thanks so much for posting that, RedToothBrush all power to you, all the toothbrush sisters and fellow travellers. flowers I've put that link up on local 48% FB page. Persistence in the resistance. smile

HashiAsLarry Thu 11-May-17 22:33:08

Thanks rtb

squoosh Thu 11-May-17 22:37:09


RufusTheRenegadeReindeer Thu 11-May-17 22:37:42

Oooh i had a go at persuading someone yesterday

They felt that there was no point voting as their vote doesnt count

It probably doesn't due to tory stronghold but i did say that at least the margins would be smaller

Persuading dh at the moment...not sure its working

BigChocFrenzy Thu 11-May-17 22:43:02

Otto English ‪*@Otto*_English‬
‪I suspect a lot of people voted Trump because they saw him on the Apprentice and don't understand how TV works‬[[ ]] smile

Charmageddon Thu 11-May-17 22:45:43


RedToothBrush Thu 11-May-17 22:48:49
Justin Trudeau Won In Canada Through Strategic Voting - It Can Work Here In The UK

Posting this link again

Overcoming the ‘assumption’ of a foregone conclusion was key to changing the outcome of the 2015 Canadian general election. One person who made this happen was Hisham Abdel-Rahman, an IT manager from Calgary, Alberta. Hisham had never before been involved in political campaigning, but wanted to make a difference. He ran a grassroots campaign to get people across the country to vote strategically. He worked with many other groups whose focus was getting out first time voters.

By election day, the combination of giving people belief in the power of their vote and advice on how to vote added 2.7million voters to the election.

Stephen Harper, the sitting Prime Minister, didn’t lose that many votes. What brought progressive parties sweeping into power was new, primarily young voters who joined the electorate. The vote among 18-24 year-olds increased by 18.3% vs the 2011 election, with women in this age group up by 20%.

Brexit was won by getting people who don't normally vote to the polls.

Trudeau did for the same reason.

It works. There is precident.

There are active election strategies to demotivate certain types voters. Resisting that in itself a victory. It's not falling into the trap of having your behaviour manipulated.

Maybe it won't work this time as we are so short on time. But the stage can be set for next time and the shock of NOT getting the landslide in the percentage of the vote May wants will keep minds focused.

Valentine2 Thu 11-May-17 22:49:30

Thanks Red.

Valentine2 Thu 11-May-17 22:51:00

Thanks Red.

illegitimateMortificadospawn Thu 11-May-17 23:00:20

Clumsy placemark. Ta RTB

Kaija Thu 11-May-17 23:17:26

Thanks, red.

Scottish Question Time is a revelation. A different world to every English edition lately.

<tries to come up with a plan to move to Edinburgh>

prettybird Thu 11-May-17 23:42:11

Civic nationalism means that you'll be welcome but we're even friendlier in Glasgow wink Kaija smile

<blatant placemark> grin

Kaija Thu 11-May-17 23:49:42

Ha, thanks Prettybird, Glasgow would be fine too!

It's such a relief to see an audience that hasn't completely lost its collective mind.

prettybird Fri 12-May-17 00:16:58

And just for the record (not that I watched QT - but a friend had already ranted on FB), the BBC (& therefore Dimbleby) are the only media that is still claiming that the SNP lost seats at the council elections last week confused: they not only got 6 more seats (425 to 431 = +6 ) but they increased vote share. This supposed 7 seat decrease is apparently based on some notional doodling that one professor did on what the SNP might have got last time if the electorate and boundaries had been what they were this time hmm

Valentine2 Fri 12-May-17 00:17:55

Can you wise lot please help me understand this?

MangoSplit Fri 12-May-17 00:37:49

Place marking

lalalonglegs Fri 12-May-17 05:06:44

Thanks, Red. Nice to see everyone again.

BestIsWest Fri 12-May-17 05:44:06

Thanks Red.

mathanxiety Fri 12-May-17 06:04:48

Thanks RTB.

Motheroffourdragons Fri 12-May-17 06:18:07

Thanks Red

Pretty is that true ? I thought the SNP had lost a few seats in total too. I must have believed the BBC spin!

Artisanjam Fri 12-May-17 06:22:10

Thanks Red. Can I encourage someone 'not' to vote? My elderly neighbour has always voted conservative but hates the way the party is going - he was just old enough to fight in WW2, and keeps saying it isn't what he fought for.

He says he can't vote for another party but is very tempted to stay at home and not vote at all. I can see his point of view completely.

HesterThrale Fri 12-May-17 06:44:51

Maybe the fight back against (or the dilution of) a hard Brexit, might come from within? Infacts suggests some cabinet ministers who are still concerned about leaving the EU, and who may be worth voting for.

Not sure about Amber Rudd...

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