Lessons in how change happens from #SelmaMovie

If you take nothing else from this post. Go see the movie Selma. I promise you its the most powerful film you’ll see this year, and a ‘must watch’ for anyone interested in how change happens. Much has been written about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, but walking out from seeing Selma …

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Protest in the media (again)

The British media seems to have re-awakened an interest in protesting. Last week the Guardian had a go at listing the 10 best protests in history. While the BBC World Service has been airing ‘Marching into History’ which is described as; For hundreds of years the protest march has been a means of voicing passionate concerns. …

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Protecting the right to campaign

Whatever campaigning tactics you or your organisation use, we should be grateful we live in a country where free speech is protected and the right to campaign upheld. That’s why campaigners of all styles and viewpoints should be concerned about the erosion of campaigning space, much of which happened under the last government. This film …

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How are new MPs adjusting to campaign tactics?

Parliament rose for the summer recess this week, and it’s been interesting to see how the new (and some returning MPs) have responded to all the campaigning actions that they’ve been on the receiving end of. Exhibit A is an Early Day Motion (EDM) from the new Conservative MP for Weaver Vale, Graham Evans, who …

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Twitter – here to stay

So, after a very long summer break I’m back…one of my first blogs back in February was about twitter I asked if it was going to catch on. I was cautiously optimistic, I wanted it to work, but was wary that it could go the way of other social media phenomena. Well what a 6 …

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Gurkha justice

Joanna Lumley has been successful in her campaign to guarantee that all former Ghurkha solders are allowed the right to settle in the UK if they wish. Its a campaign that has seen the government make a dramatic U-turn and for days dominated the news headlines. But what are some of the elements that made …

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When campaigning meets art

Nice campaign tactic from Campaign Against Arms Trade Stand up in Trafalgar Square There has been a lot of publicity for the Antony Gormley “living sculpture” on the fourth (missing) plinth in Trafalgar Square . This is a great opportunity for an anti-arms trade campaigner to stand up beside the military “heroes” already there (even …

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Great campaign stunts

If the hype is to be believed Ben Southall has ‘the best job in the world’. He’s the winner of a recent competition run by the Tourism Queensland to find a new caretaker for Hamilton Island off the coast of Australia. The Guardian points out that the publicity that the island has got also makes …

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Ministerial Correspondence

It has long been believed that getting an MP to write to minister is a more effective than sending postcards directly to a government department. Why? Because protocol dictates that a letter from an MPs requires a ministerial response, but how many items of correspondence are government departments getting? This ministerial statement from last month gives details …

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