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Posts by Andrew Kennedy
Andrew Kennedy is the Group Agent & Campaign Director in West Kent. He blogs at www.votingandboating.blogspot.com.Follow @
Andrew Kennedy: Our findings on whether the mass of new Party members who joined post-referendum will renew
63 per cent say yes, 23 per cent say no – but the response rate to our survey suggests that the first figure will turn out to be lower.
When a self-replicating clique becomes dominant – be it of councillors, evangelicals, po-faced harridans or freemasons – there is trouble ahead.
Asked what he had done to help in a recent marginal by-election, one replied, “Oh, I knew there would be enough of you lot running around for me not to have to bother.”
Andrew Kennedy: This may be our last chance to group Associations together to win the victories we need
It is possible that the Party may end this new year in a weaker position than before the 2015 election if CCHQ doesn’t act quickly.
The self-absorption of modern life is having an impact of our campaigning capacity.
I hope that in the electoral battle that lies ahead ahead, a fresh-faced volunteer will stand on the streets of Quito, and pose questions in a refined Liverpool accent.
Lord Woolton (pictured right) was the greatest-ever, rebuilding the Conservatives after the war. But here are my favourite five.
I believe that officers at all levels should be elected at a general meeting following as soon as is practical after a general election.
I strongly support the move in principle, but there are serious questions about the practical implications for standing orders, data and income.
Andrew Kennedy: Councillors may not like open forms of reselection. But they should learn to grin and bear it.
Those calling for a wholesale review of the national selection rules should put forward alternatives better than the arrangements we have currently in place.
There is a danger that we will focus the new programme on technical skills, when what we really lack are the “soft skills” needed to maintain a voluntary organisation.
Andrew Kennedy: The new CCHQ canvass script. Tortuous, winding, time-consuming – and completely invaluable
Once explained, I immediately understood the need to change – but also the need to explain that change to our volunteers if we were going to make it a success.
Andrew Kennedy: What Denis Thatcher said about my car. And other things that shouldn’t happen to an agent.
Alternative Bank Holiday fare to more on Corbyn and Momentum.
The rights of incumbents should be balanced against the aspirations of new applicants. Here’s how we manage it in West Kent.