Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Archive for June 16th, 2007

By-electioneering

Posted by jonathanfryer on Saturday, 16th June, 2007

matt-sanders-and-jill-fraser.jpgI got absolutely drenched this afternoon; soaked from the top through my shirt and from the bottom through my shoes, delivering leaflets in a thunderstorm, in the Haverstock ward by-election in Camden. Why does one do it, at times I ask myself? Because I believe passionately in the democratic process, I answer myself. And it’s great to be working with a team of really motivated, enthusiastic young people — including the candidate himself, Matt Sanders. Don’t try persuading me that Youth is universally apathetic!

There’s even a Facebook community, ‘Matt Sanders for Haverstock’. How the nature of the game is changing! I was a Facebook virgin until comparatively recently, thinking this was something only for college students. And indeed, it did start at Harvard, and then moved on to Oxford and Cambridge on this side of the pond, before progressing onwards and upwards — literally, in that it no longer is the preserve of the under-23s. I was sceptical at first, but now appreciate just how versatile and creative the Facebook facility is: as serious or as frivolous as you want. An amazing way to engage in communities and to promote causes, from the bottom up — and to re-establish contact with lost friends and colleagues!

I also appreciate that by-electioneering has its point. Having done my modest bit in the Dudden Hill, Brent, by-election recently, I was delighted to join in at the paella victory celebration this evening in Queen’s Park, courtesy of Mark and Janet Cummins. The sky had earlier emptied all that it contained, so we were able to enjoy the garden in safety.

Link:   www.brentlibdems.org.uk and www.camdenlibdems.org.uk  

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