The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Danny Brand (2006) #nlpoli

 The defining characteristic of Danny Williams’ term as a politician – and particularly his term as Premier thus far – has been his relentless use of specific marketing approaches to maintain a permanent campaign.The notion of a permanent political campaign is not new. The concept of a party continuing to use campaign communications approaches when ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: For want of a nail… #nlpoli

Dwight Ball demonstrated last week how very simple things can turn into problems very quickly. He handed his political opponents a stick they can use to beat him with. The fact they really don;t have much more than innuendo and speculation doesn’t matter. He’s given them a weapon. Ball confirmed on Friday that the Liberal ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Keystone Kops and their Kangaroo Kourt #nlpoli

The Conservatives in Newfoundland and Labrador are politically deaf.  They only hear themselves. Former fisheries minister Trevor Taylor used his Telegram column on Monday to issue a few hypocritical tut tuts about the state of public discussion in the province. Too negative he whined, sounding for all the world like someone was holding a small ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Keystone Kops and their Kangaroo Kourt #nlpoli

The Conservatives in Newfoundland and Labrador are politically deaf.  They only hear themselves. Former fisheries minister Trevor Taylor used his Telegram column on Monday to issue a few hypocritical tut tuts about the state of public discussion in the province. Too negative he whined, sounding for all the world like someone was holding a small ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Influence and Manipulation #nlpoli

Public opinion changes. Individuals don’t hold exactly the same attitudes about things throughout their entire lives. That’s true of how the typical man or woman feels about clothing styles, cars, movies, books, politics, or just about anything else. Not surprisingly in a society like ours, there are people who want to try and change opinions ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A Record of Manipulation #nlpoli

With a tip of the hat to Gerry Rogers and Andrew Parsons, here are some posts from the SRBP archive that all bear on the current political mess in which the provincial Conservatives find themselves. “Playing the Numbers”  (August 2006) One element of the program involves aggressively pushing out their own message, especially when their ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Who knows the mind of a squid? #nlpoli

[Almost Immediate Update at the bottom] Why do they do it? People keep asking why the provincial Conservatives spend so much time and tons of public money goosing the VOCM question of the day in the way that supports whatever the Tories are supporting at the moment. It is a mystery, gentle readers. It is ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Talking Point Politics #nlpoli

The Telegram’s Saturday front page story on Tory efforts to manipulate online polls and comments garnered two equal and opposite reactions over the weekend in that political echo chamber called Twitter.  [The story isn’t free.  it’s in the online subscriber edition] Some people got into a lather over it. Some other people tried to blow ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Permanent Echo Chamber of Horrors #nlpoli

To borrow a phrase from Quebec Premier Jean Charest the other day, Twitter is a conversation between apparatchiks and journalists.  That’s pretty much it, although in Newfoundland and Labrador as elsewhere a few other people weigh into the exchanges. The political Twitter world is a variation of the echo chamber.  That’s what Charest meant:  a ...