Cash Money. I received an email today from Joe Costello telling me about a competition they're running to promote the Lisbon Treaty. In exchange for a well crafted one minute video, they're offering a prize of €1000, spendable in shops, into your hot little hands.
Lucinda McNally sent me this email interview as part of her postgraduate thesis research. It's long so you can use the More link to read it all, if you like how it starts to shape up. The best stuff is near the end, so I know you'll all be clicking like goodo.
Lucinda McNally is writing a thesis on the impact of blogging on the Irish Election. She sent me a set of questions, which I'll reproduce later today with her blessing, together with my answers. She also sent me a second set of brass tacks questions, suggested after a meeting with a supervisor cynical about blogs.
Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,-The Second Coming, WB YeatsYeats could have been channelling the spirit of the modern political campaign manager. For nearly twenty years political parties and candidates have been successful in imposing previously undreamed controls on campaigns.
Following the controversy over the banning of this Lent's Trocaire ad as 'political' by the BCI, (See, Eoin O'Dell, E. McGarr, VoteTube for details) I thought I'd republish this essay from the McGarr Solicitors site. The short answer is no, by the way.