Notes from ElectionDaze, Birmingham, 8 May 2017 – ‘Fake news’

The second topic I proposed was “How do we spot/ avoid fake news”. Points raised included:

* we are all now aware of fake news online – bad satire repeated a fact, and facts misrepresented, ignored or denied
* the Greens do not get as much coverage as UKIP, despite gaining several council seats last week, whereas UKIP lost all but one of theirs – for example, Question Time
* the Daily Mail. ‘Nuff said.
* BBC coverage of Jeremy Corbyn Seems to portray him in a worse light (literally, in some cases) than Theresa May – I find this, and yet I’ve always held the BBC i high regard. Is it perception, or fact?
* others defended the BBC, pointing out the reporters are very well versed in what’s going on
* Linton Crosby is very effective at what he does
* we have very strong advertisings standards, but not for political ads
* that bus! (Though the remain campaign was weak)

Notes from ElectionDaze, Birmingham, 8 May 2017 – ‘Voting doesn’t change anything’

The topic I proposed was “How do we kill the ‘voting doesn’t change anything’ mentality?”. Points raised included:
* there is a disconnect in some peoples minds between politics (what they see on the news) and their day-to-day lives – road repair, prices in shops, taxes and benefits, health care are not seen as “politics”
* we don’t teach the processes of how our country is run, in schools
* in safe seats, it really doesn’t change anything – maybe we need some form of proportional representation?
* not voting is perceived as a symptom the left – the right are better at mobilising their supporters. Why?
* non-voters are “claimed” by election winners as being part of their mandate
* no-one seemed to know of research about people who do not vote – who are they (demographically speaking), and what are their views on political issues? The research must exist – where is it? Sadly, and inevitably, in the ten minutes available, we didn’t actually come up with a solution for this perennial problem.