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Tuesday 13 April 2010

Election leaflets online - a great idea!

In every election for the past 7 or so years I've posted in this blog all of the leaflets or election communications I have received in my own mail-box, from whichever political party they emanated. Unfortunately (well not really, I'm perfectly happy to be in Spain for a few months) I shall not be in a position to upload any of the leaflets I might be receiving back in Nairn (for the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey constituency) to an article here in this blog until well after the date of the election (6th May 2010), as I shall not return there until early June.

Now there is an excellent website, The Straight Choice, where anyone may upload leaflets or election literature they receive - the database is searchable by political party, by subject, by constituency and by postcode, etc. Unfortunately there are no leaflets online yet from the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey constituency, but hopefully someone there who reads this might think of doing uploads so we can all see what is being said by the various political parties.

I've had a random look at some of the leaflets/letters online already from various parts of the country and it really is marvellous to be able to keep tabs on what is being said. Perhaps it might make certain political parties rather more careful about putting out blatant lies or distortions, or different messages in different parts of the country on the same topic, if they come to realise how easy it is now, in theory, for someone in say Penzance (Cornwall) to see what the same political party is saying in say Lerwick (Shetland), something that would have been impossible before the internet became ubiquitous and websites like The Straight Choice became possible.

We don't yet know officially who all the candidates will be. Nominations close at 4pm on 20th April 2010 (i.e. a week today). Highland Council's website has full election information for that part of the country - no doubt all other council websites around the country have similar information.

(thru Guido Fawkes at Guido Fawkes' blog)

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