Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More to play with

MyDavidCameron made the very principled decision to finish their war of attrition with the Tories over their posters. They did it for the right reasons and I'm very glad they've done it.
Now - disgracefully - Tim Ireland has come up with a 'shoppable' version of their latest.

I regret the fact that politics is sinking this low. And this, and this....


Dave Cole said...

I feel obliged to defend myself as the person who made the two posters to which you link on TwitPic.

If you don't mind, I'm going to quote from the post where I uploaded those posters.

"I dislike political billboards. You cannot distil a programme for governing a country of sixty-one millions for five years into a slogan and to attempt to do so cheapens the whole process. I am quite convinced that, while they might get you more voters than the other side, they decrease participation in politics by making it appear as important as your brand of breakfast cereal and taking attention away from ‘proper’ political engagement. You end up with parties – when they can afford it – locked in an arms race of posters. It’s ridiculous and it should stop. And, yes, I know that if Labour could afford it we’d be putting more posters up."

If you read why MyDC stopped doing the posters (link), it's not a principled thing at all. It was all practical.

I continue to believe that mocking political gimmicks like this is a good way of stopping people from doing them, and I will continue to do so. I've done it against my side as well.

Paulie said...

Dave. I think you've read the 'disapproval' in my most as disapproval. I don't disapprove. I 'disapprove.'

Jokes aren't funny when you have to explain them - sorry about that.

Dave Cole said...

::looks embarassed::