Cllr. Lester Holloway last week described female genital mutilation as “at worst, unacceptable”. Today he features prominently on the new Lib Dem website.
Sutton Lib Dem councillor Lester Holloway was heavily criticised by people in the party for his comments, reported on this blog, about female genital mutilation. No surprise, given the fantastic campaigning the International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has done on the subject.
Holloway now features prominently on the front of the new Lib Dem website, next to Leader Nick Clegg.
The Labour Party have released a campaign video, which for once, rather hits the mark.
The Labour Party have put up some rather shoddy online campaign efforts recently, but their latest video is far better. Based on Facebook’s recent 10 year anniversary movie concept, whereby you can compile a video of your time on the social network, Labour have done one for David Cameron.
Funnily enough, the video is not showing the bits Cameron would want us to remember.
David Cameron sent out an email yesterday, introducing his latest party political broadcast. The video may have been new, but other bits of the email seemed strangely familiar…
When David Cameron sent out an email revealing the party’s new PPB I got a strange sense of deja vu. A friend then informed that his “I wanted you to have this first” email line was an exact copy of one used by the Obama campaign. I’m also fairly sure Nick Clegg used “I wanted you to see this first” when the original “I’m sorry” video was sent to party members.
Clicking on the video in the email took you to the party’s Facebook page, where you could watch the video. Therefore it actually took two clicks if you wanted to watch and share the video via YouTube. Here is the video, if you didn’t see it last night.
UK politicians are really still catching up with their US equivalents.
Lib Dem MP Bristol West Stephen Williams last night conducted a Reddit AMA, allowing constituents to question him online.
Williams, who was appointed in a minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government at the last reshuffle, conducted the AMA on the Bristol subreddit, a section of the site designed for posts and conversations around the South West City. Clearly then Williams was targeting constituents, instead of speaking in his ministerial post.
Twitter is becoming an evermore important tool in shaping the political debate, and it’s the Lib Dems who seem to have embraced it the most fully.
I often criticise the party for its sometimes slow take up of digital techniques, but a survey by PR Week shows that a greater proportion of the party’s MPs have taken to Twitter than the other parties. 88% of the Lib Dems 57 MPs are on the social network, compared 72% of Labour MPs and, 70% of Conservatives. Read more
Big Brother Watch have revealed that over a million school pupils are fingerprinted school, many without parental consent being given.
In their report Biometrics in Schools, which looks at the use of biometric data gathering in secondary schools and academies, the campaign group detail that 40% of schools in England use biometric technology. They say that 31% enrolled children into these programmes without parental consent before the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 came into force. Read more
It’s Christmas, so bring on the lists! Here are the people who were essential to follow in 2013, and who you should make sure you’re following in 2014.
Some I’m sure you will know, but I do hope you find at least a couple of new and interesting people to follow. I’m sure I’ve missed people, so I may update it… Anyway, in no particular order…
Rachel Maddow – @maddow
Not as active on Twitter as she might be, but her US TV shows is one of the best.
Miranda Green – @greenmiranda
A former spinner for Paddy Ashdown, and BBC this week regular.
Olly Grender – @ollygrender A newly anointed Baroness, and a key figure in the Lib Dems 2015 electoral efforts.
Mark Wallace – @wallaceme Left lobbying to become contributing editor and ConservativeHome this years, cementing his place as one of the leading voices on the right. Also happens to be one of the nicest guys in politics, but don’t tell him that.
Alex Wickham and Harry Cole – @wikiguido and @mrharrycole
You want gossip. They have it. Not for the faint hearted.
Dan Hodges – @dpjhodges
Telegraph columinst whose feed is also not for the faint hearted. Or England cricketers. Or Owen Jones
Jacob Rees Mogg - @jakereesmogg
The Honourable Member for the 17th Centuries’ account is everything you hope it is, and more. He’s bio is in Latin for goodness sake!
James Ball - @jamesrbuk Formerly data editor, now special projects editor at the Guardian US, James has been heavily involved in NSA/Edward Snowden story, which is likely to run, and run
Ruth Porter – @RuthPorter Top analysis from the world of free market wornkey. Moving to the Adam Smith Institute in the new year.
Glenn Greenwald - @ggreenwald The man who Snowden leaked to is active, and acerbic, on Twitter. Read more
A judge in the US has ruled that the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the NSA probably violates the country’s fourth amendment, and declared the program ”almost Orwellian”.
The Guardian also report that Judge Richard Leon “also expressed doubt about the central rationale for the program cited by the NSA, that it is necessary for preventing terrorist attacks” and that “Leon granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange, concluding their constitutional challenge was likely to be successful”.
The ruling refers to telephone metadata collection programme is known as Dragnet. It will though be put on hold, as the court is waiting for an appeal from the US Government.
“I acted on my belief that the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge, and that the American public deserved a chance to see these issues determined by open courts,” Mr. Snowden said. “Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans’ rights. It is the first of many.”