A friend of mine who runs the pub decided to turn his hand to takeaway food – delivering a meal to every vulnerable older person at no charge.
There will be a mass of new Conservative MPs who have no or little presence on the ground to support them.
The Party has collectively failed to modernise its campaigning, with the result that we saw on June 8. This needs radical reform if it is not to collapse completely.
When 90 per cent of people voted either Tory or Labour, a simple “may we count on your support” was probably sufficient. In this climate, we must be smarter.
Too often, I fear we take the line of least resistance because it is easier than the alternative.
The story of Chatham & Aylesford, establishing priorities, sticking to them – and teamwork.
63 per cent say yes, 23 per cent say no – but the response rate to our survey suggests that the first figure will turn out to be lower.
When a self-replicating clique becomes dominant – be it of councillors, evangelicals, po-faced harridans or freemasons – there is trouble ahead.
Asked what he had done to help in a recent marginal by-election, one replied, “Oh, I knew there would be enough of you lot running around for me not to have to bother.”
It is possible that the Party may end this new year in a weaker position than before the 2015 election if CCHQ doesn’t act quickly.
The self-absorption of modern life is having an impact of our campaigning capacity.
I believe that officers at all levels should be elected at a general meeting following as soon as is practical after a general election.
Those calling for a wholesale review of the national selection rules should put forward alternatives better than the arrangements we have currently in place.
There is a danger that we will focus the new programme on technical skills, when what we really lack are the “soft skills” needed to maintain a voluntary organisation.