Debate Prep for the Leaders Debate

Leaders Debate

At last the Great Debate or the Great Bore-a-thon is with us. Guy Bentley has a useful rundown in City AM on the format and the logistics for the night, who stands where, who speaks first etc.

Debate Prep

Debate prep and coaching is standard these days – avoiding the gift of the gaffe is the first priority. But how to win? Or will they all just want to survive?

What will the party leaders be thinking about today while they are being coached and during last minute debate prep?

David Cameron’s debate plan?

Cameron would be happiest saying nothing apart from listing the government’s achievements, talking about his “long term economic plan” and then repeating both in his closing statement. He is helped by the fact that he has the last word and his podium position keeps him away from the schoolyard. He will want to keep above the fray sounding like the only grown up amongst the squabbling kids. Cameron’s biggest risk is sounding patronising and only talking about his Government’s quite remarkable achievements and policies and forgetting that policies are only relevant if they improve the lives of people. He should have a little rule – only use the word policy if you have already said the word people 4 times.

Ed Miliband’s difficult debate

Miliband will want to do several things starting with not being called David and not being asked about David. His is the hardest gig tonight – not least by his central podium position that will make him look like the bullied kid in a schoolyard fight. He will try hard to ignore those around him and look straight and earnestly at the camera. Luckily for him, he is not as weird as his opponents paint him but enough to undermine this success strategy. He will want to ignore his dirty texting and pending fling with the SNP which is supposed to be Jolly Top Secret and definitely not spoken about in front of SNP hating Scottish Labour or the Press and the Conservatives who love the sordid affair.

Ed has other issues though. The SNP, the Greens, Plaid and the Lib Dems all need Labour voters and will all be attacking him for not being left enough, not grown up enough, not having had a real job outside Westminster, taking Scottish voters for granted, screwing up the NHS in Wales and being a remote control Union toy (amongst other things) – while his own team will be dreaming of David.

I agree with Nick – or do I?

Nick Clegg will dream of his first debate outing. Now people know him too well. But. He speaks well and sounds reasonable and can do grown-up. One to watch out for. Again.

The Ones who will hate Ed tonight but who will happily sleep with him after the election

The Greens will be the indignant, ideologically pure and socialist and green hybrid trying to steal votes from the Lib Dems and Labour. They risk being snappy and angry and would do better to sound grown up, reasonable and responsible.

Plaid has a huge chance. They will be desperate to make the most of it. But they risk being tea break time for everyone outside Wales.

The SNP will be focused on winning big in Scotland – post-election niceties will be determined by post-election numbers. Nothing nice about tonight.

Debate Farage

Farage will try to ignore the carefully selected TV audience of 200, reflecting the UK’s ethnic, age, gender and social make-up, and reach out to the pubs around the country without football on the TV. Knackered from being The UKIP Face and stuck in a heavy suit between Nick and Ed, he also has a problem with sweating under the big TV lights and two hours of studio heat may cause him trouble. He desperately needs grumpy Conservative voters so he may be awfully nice to Ed and just rant loudly at Dave. His position means that this will produce lots of shots of him, Ed and Nick looking at Dave – great images that support the Conservative’s accurate point that if you vote for UKIP or the Lib Dems you get Ed as your Prime Minister.

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Vacancy – Speechwriter at NATO

Be a speechwriter at NATO – where they actually pay you!

The good people at NATO have asked me to promote their current vacancy for a speech writer.

It’s a really interesting job at a fascinating time with a secure and decent salary – which is not something many speechwriters enjoy!!!

I am sure it will be as challenging as the times facing NATO at the moment.

Here is the link to the job – http://bit.ly/1DaFJYX.

and here is an excerpt from the Job Description…

Expertise Development

Draft speeches, articles, press conferences, media messages and other written material for the Secretary General, and the Deputy Secretary General. Edit press conferences and media messages for the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General as required. Keep abreast of NATO’s broad political and politico-military agenda in order to gain a deepened understanding of all issues that form the subject of NATO’s public communication.

Policy Development

Assist in the drafting of declarations, communiqués and other documents associated with the Summit meetings.

Knowledge Management

Conduct the appropriate research and analysis to draft speeches, press conferences, articles and policy statements for the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General.

Project Management

Assist in the planning and preparation of work produced by the team in the appropriate style and in a timely manner.

Representation of the Organization

Provide public briefings as required on NATO’s current political agenda, ensuring that communication is consistent with NATO policy and approved public messages.

Information Management

Assist in the effective flow of all work produced by the team, ensuring that appropriate products are distributed in a timely manner and in accordance with NATO’s administrative procedures.

Stakeholder Management

Maintain close relationships with the staff of the Private Office, the NATO Spokesperson and the Deputy Spokesperson, PDD, other Divisions within the International Staff and International Military Staff, as well as with the NATO Military Authorities and Allied missions.

Perform any other related duty as assigned by the NATO Spokesperson and the Deputy Spokesperson.

The closing date for applications is 24 March. If anyone is interested and has questions, please email me and I will forward your email to the team there – otherwise please just apply. This is a seriously great opportunity… If I was not so happy doing my own thing ….

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100 days to GE2015 How Many Conservative Candidates have been Selected

Conservative Candidates have been selected in lots of seats – but not everywhere!

Today is 100 days to the General Election. As many have said before, the next General Election will offer voters the biggest real directional choice between the Conservative and Labour parties for a generation, complicated by the decline of the Lib Dems and the emergence of UKIP and the SNP as spoilers or kingmakers.

In March last year I published a blog showing the 290 seats that were still to be selected. Unfortunately there were a couple of seats that had been selected when I published the blog for which I apologise so the actual number was closer to 285.

97 Selections in 100 days

Anthony Gearing has done some work on this and his tally of unselected seats is now 79 excluding Northern Ireland making it 96 in total as Charnwood is selecting tonight.

This is a best effort so please feel free to add updates or corrections below.

AG15GE15ConsC

Will there be any more retirement seats?

That is the question everyone on the candidates list wants to know. There is hope for wannabe candidates as there will be some more resignations (and possibly Knighthoods) before the election. Depending on the date that the MP announces they will be standing down (or the date of the selection – whichever CCHQ decide on!) these selections will probably come under by-election selection rules which may mean all-women short-lists.

Candidate Update from Guido Fawkes 27.01.2015

Preston – Richard Holden

Candidate Update: 27.01.2015 – 15:33

I have just been emailed by John Anderson with a candidate update from Scotland.

Dundee East – Bill Bowman
Dundee West – Nicola Ross
Inverclyde – Jaber Jabbour
Paisley and Renfrewshire North – John Anderson
Paisley and Renfrewshire South – Fraser Galloway

Candidate update 27.01.2015 – 16:29

Christopher Miller emailed me with this update.

Wolverhampton North East – Darren Henry http://www.darrenhenry.org.uk

Candidate Update 27.01.2015 – picked up the next morning

Bishop Auckland – Chris Adams

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