Charlotte Vere could learn a thing or two from watching the campaigning styles of Nancy Platts and Caroline Lucas

In a comment left earlier, Charlotte Vere says she is not obsessed by her opponents. But it is fascinating to look at how the three candidates in Brighton Pavilion deal with each other, in public at least.  In private campaign teams there is much interest in the every utterance from the opposition camps.

But in public, different candidates treat their opponents differently.

But Charlotte Vere does seems quite obsessed by Caroline Lucas, spending as much time criticising and commenting on the Green candidates statements, and Ms Vere has tried, unsuccessfully in my opinion, to drag Lucas into the expenses controversy.

There is nothing that voters dislike more than candidates attacking one another.  It is one reason why Charlotte, in spit of being pleasant and personanable in private, comes across as shrill and petty in public.

Nancy Platts and Caroline Lucas by contrast have both refrained from personal attacks. Nancy has just got on with her campaign, building support and creating a campaign team that is enthusiastic and motivated in spite of the momentum and profile of the Lucas campaign.

Caroline has the massive advantage of being a party leader and she has managed to balance the demands of that role with those of being an MEP and local candidate.  This blog has been critical of her campaign in the past, but in recent weeks it has all come together.  And there are two words that never appear in any public statement from Caroline,and those words are ‘Charlotte Vere’. 

Ms Vere would be well advised to look and learn.

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2 Responses

  1. Charlotte Vere’s campaign seems to be very similar to what the Tories have been doing on a national scale.

    Almost all she has done is attack the Greens, her main competitors. Apart from a bit of shouting about how rubbish FCC are.

    Whilst on a national scale pretty much all the Tories do is attack Labour, their main competitors. Apart from a bit of ‘we’re not as bad as you think we are’.

    The problem with negative campaigning is it doesn’t get people to vote for you, people just stay at home and don’t vote at all.

    However the thing about the Tories is that their vote is traditionally very good at going out and voting. So by criticism of their rivals they are stopping their rivals’ voters coming out and therefore their voters have more say. They don’t need to increase their vote, they just need to make sure the other voters are disillusioned enough not to vote.

    That’s why the Tories usually get the highest percentage of the vote overall, their voters vote even in safe seats, whereas Labour’s are more likely not to bother, especially if they think it’s safe. See Kinnock!

    That’s my theory anyway.

  2. It would be interesting to know what Labour and the Tories are being told by their internal polling, for both parties are making much of the Greens on their leaflets.

    The latest Labour leaflet, subsequent to the one delivered by TNT, has a logical flaw.

    On the one hand, it prints a graph which declares that Nancy Platts will romp home; on the other, its text says that “a Green protest vote makes a Conservative government more likely”.

    If Nancy P is as far ahead as she claims, why is she looking over her shoulder at the Greens in this way? Could it be that not only is the Argus poll flakey but her small print admits that significant sections of those polled are excluded from the graph? Crucially, that is, those yet to decide, whom she somewhat dismisses as “don’t know”.

    The more I look at this leaflet, the more I think it misjudged, perhaps spectacularly so.

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