Poor attempts at lobbying

I have been a parliamentary candidate twice and have worked in lobbying. For that reason I think (though may be wrong) that I can see both sides of the argument with regards lobbying. I actually think campaign groups and lobbying enhance democracy as they can lead to better legislation.

At the last election in 2005 after a long days campaigning what I found frustrating was an endless stream of emails from people supposedly well versed in public affairs asking me to read their briefing or sign up to their campaign.

This election I have seen the inbox of a parliamentary candidate that has been in situ for a number of years. They haven’t just been selected. Yet many organisations think it is an effective use of their money to inundate a candidate with emails at probably the candidates busiest time – namely the election.

Some have asked whether this will be the internet election. No – it will be the media election. But where the internet and indeed email is perhaps not helping democracy is the seemingly held view by some organisations that long emails and long briefing papers hitting a candidates inbox with less than a month to polling day is going to be productive.

If I were the CEO of some of these organisations I may well be asking why, if theire cause is so important haven’t they engaged with the MP and indeed PPC if there is a chance they might win long before the election was called.

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