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Another PR disaster for Green Cllr Ben Duncan

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Green Cllr, Ben Duncan has stumbled into another PR disaster.

The Cllr for Kemptown in Brighton, notorious for being off message, tweeted on ‘Armed Forces Day’:

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On this particular twitter PR disaster it took the Cllr nearly 48 hours to apologize:

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And, as you might expect, this apology didn’t go down too well with some:

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The local party were quick to distant themselves from his remarks as well:

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I keep referring to Cllr Duncan’s PR disasters in the plural because this isn’t the first time he has had to apologize. There was of course his 2012 apology for a remark about “murdering, raping and looting” during a debate on legalised cannabis cafes where he famously apologized with the phrase:

“I apologise unreservedly for mentioning rape in what was meant to be a light-hearted, ironic tweet…” 

Then there was that 2013 highlight where he was quoted in what was already a less than complimentary article about the Green Party in the The Guardian as saying:

“Jason Kitcat’s policies have time and again betrayed working people, city residents – and the electoral interests of the Green Party of England and Wales.”

Not exactly on message.

The Green Party with their lack of whip system is well known for accepting and encouraging internal disagreement and debate, but one has to wonder how much longer they will tolerate Cllr Duncan and his off message, and at time highly offensive, online comments?

You can keep up-to-date with Cllr Duncan’s online antics by following his twitter account @KemptownBen.

A hat tip to Charlotte Henry’s blog where I first saw this story.

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Hatred is penetrating every level of the game

Hatred within football is penetrating every level of the game – it does not respect league tables, geography or levels of professionality. This was highlighted by Worcester City player Lee Smith (formerly of my home town Gloucester City FC) recently tweeting “Respect to all the heroes 11/11/11 now to all the illegal *****, **** off out of are country all, call of duty could become a reality – kill um”. Terry and Suarez might make better headlines but believe me that this sort of hatred is not affected by your ability on the pitch.

When confronted, Mr Smith responded, “It is my right to write what I think – but I didn’t mean any offence”. Sadly for Lee, but probably for the good of everyone else, it is not his “right” to use threatening and abusive language. Indeed, it is a criminal offence (although I am not holding my breath for a prosecution).

Mr Smith later said he had only meant the comments as “friendly banter”, I wonder if this was the same “friendly banter” that Ron Atkinson was using when he describes (live on air) Marcel Desailly as a ‘lazy fucking thick nigger’. Or perhaps it was the same “friendly banter” that fans up and down the country use when they sing the ‘Adebayor chant’.

On the positive side, it looks as though Worcester City has acted quickly and decisively by suspending the player indefinitely while a police investigation is carried out (note to Blatter that a simple handshake is not sufficient).  This also comes in the same week that we see two Southampton fans arrested for homophobic chanting during Saturday’s (19 November) game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Every level of the game from youth football in the local parks through to the head of FIFA have an obligation to be seen to be tackling this problem. Not just racism, but the hatred that runs through footballing culture. It has to be attacked at every level if we are going to see the level of change that we so badly need.

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Comedy highlights from Twitter during the General Election

There are many people who see Twitter as a waste of time, indeed, I have only just come round to the idea.  For now, I would like to concentrate on the comedy potential of it.  Check out some of these Tweets I came across during the election.

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So ‘The Markets’ are ok this morning. ‘Distracted by Greece’. Are they run by a three-year-old child?

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RT@thejimsmith:Why are the LibDems like a London Bus? They’ve just under 60 seats & are now run by the Tories. #dontdoitnick #ge2010 #libcon

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What’s the difference between the BNP and a bus? A bus has seats.

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RT @martin_the_twit: @jimmycarr good to see the voting system works in this country. I voted for no-one, and they won!

@thefridgeman (aka Tony Hawks)

Have been to the voting booth. I spoiled my paper. I gave it a packet of sweets and told it to take the rest of the day off.

OK, so I follow some of the most boring political geeks in the country.  But I just thought it was nice that people kept their sense of humour as every party essentially did terribly and after a sleepless night we knew no more than the exit polls told us the night before.

Incidentally, you can follow me on twitter here 🙂

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Video Launch – Green MP for Stroud

The Green Party in Stroud has launched their official campaign video.  It is a short overview of what the Greens in the local area have done, and what they aim to achieve through the elections.  More importantly however, it is an attempt to reach out and engage with potential voters who feel disconnected with conventional politics. 

With 57% of 17-25 year olds are not even registered to vote.  It is more important than ever for political parties to embrace youtube, facebook and twitter (generalising massively).  More importantly though, it is essential that politicians embrace these forms of media with a more genuine approach to politics.  People are being turned off conventional forms of media because of the spin and lack of honesty.  With instant forms of communication such as twitter, politicians have the opportunity to lay their thoughts on the line.  We have seen the “airbrushing” of most media forms; in the world of facebook and twitter we have a chance to tell it how it is. 

We can also see some politicians using it just because they have been told to by their PR staff who have just finished reading about Obama’s success story.  We should approach this with caution.  It is better to not tackle the world of You-tube at all, than it is to post tired and uninteresting comments.  Equally, we can see some politicians chucking up tweets every week or two (probably after a nudge from their PR guru).  No-one should be forcing politicians to come talk to us, they should have the will and the insight to understand that this is the battle ground for the “young” vote, not the high street.

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