When 90 per cent of people voted either Tory or Labour, a simple “may we count on your support” was probably sufficient. In this climate, we must be smarter.
Posts by Andrew Kennedy
Andrew Kennedy is the Group Agent & Campaign Director in West Kent. He blogs at www.votingandboating.blogspot.com.Follow @
Too often, I fear we take the line of least resistance because it is easier than the alternative.
The story of Chatham & Aylesford, establishing priorities, sticking to them – and teamwork.
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.