Thursday, February 16

Too little too late


As the high-octane furore of the "Cartoons War" winds down, only now does the EU commission president stick his head above the parapet, finally to make a statement.
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So far down the line is he that few media sources have bothered to report it, one being the International Herald Tribune, which tells us that Barroso has declared that Europe now had to fight for its core European values, including freedom of speech. "We have to stick very much to these values," he says. "If not, we are accepting fear in this society."
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Had the man issued his statement last week, it might have had an impact but, with media interest decaying faster than the half-life rubidium-82, it has thudded out with all the dynamism of a lead balloon.
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At least, however, EU Commission President Barroso has made a statement, which is more than can be said of the Boy King who is now grabbing the headlines with his new baby and his much publised Paturnaty Leave
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But the public memory is long, and his inability – or unwillingness – to take a stand will not be forgotten.
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Interestingly, both the Conservative Party and the Commission have one thing, at least, in common – their members commonly complain about the poor press they receive yet, in this "Cartoon Wars" they have both made the mistake of failing to stand up and be counted when it mattered.
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While the EU Commission is darting off to create another communications strategy, so too are the Conservatives having, according to The Times despatched one of their number to the United States to study "how to adapt the aggressive internet campaign tactics used by US Republicans" in the last presidential election. They could have saved their money.
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Any successful blogger will tell you that to get the hits, you need to get in first, you need to be controversial and you must have passion. The problem for the Conservatives and the commission, however, is that they fail on all three counts.
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Looking to exploit new media or create new strategies is not going to improve things. Instead, they are doomed to replicate the Barroso experience, coming in with too little, too late.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

I have to agree with the Editor on this issue, although, like Barroso it comes with a time lag. For that I do apologize. I am thoroughly bored with politicians who wait to see how the public is going to react to things or a situation before making a stand and the stand is usually luke warm and couched in ambiguious terms. In other words, let's wait and see what happens and then still manage to sit on the fence, so as not to offend anyone. Well, men and women you offend me.

The reason that the Republicans did so well was because for good or bad they took a stand. I have a lot more respect for someone who does that than I do for the other mealy-mouthed wishy-washy slick used-car salesman type of politician. (My apologies to the majority of used-car salesmen for my aspertion of your profession or abilities. It is those abilities to sell what someone else didn't or doesn't want that I was referring to and not to anyone individual. Except maybe the last one that sold me my lemon lol ) I may still be lied to but at least I get a feeling of passion or depth of character from that type of politician.

Come people take a stand. You aren't EVER going to make everyone happy. So at least live with yourself or better yet be an actual representative of the people who elected you. Vote how THEY would want you to vote and not how a poll tells you to vote to be popular.