Sunday, March 27, 2005

Tories to use bloggers

UK: Now, if they could get actual good Tory officials to be in charge, they would be in business.

"THE Conservative Right is to turn to new American campaigning techniques and the internet to try to revive the party and overcome what it sees as opposition from the metropolitan Establishment. Only weeks away from the general election, senior Conservatives will open a new front today in the battle for ideas by creating a website advocating “social conservatism”. It will invite people to bypass the media and put forward their own views on how the party should evolve. The faction behind it denies that it is “rocking the boat” in the pre-election period and says that in the early weeks the website will be used to campaign for a Conservative victory. It wants people to use the increasingly popular practice of “blogging” — writing online diaries — to break the power of the broadcast media.

"In its first phase, conservativehome.com is to try to persuade what it calls “social conservatives” to back the Tories at the election. The second phase will follow immediately. At that point, it will begin to urge Tory supporters and natural conservatives, particularly within the faith communities and environmental movement, to support “one nation” conservatism. In a recent article Mr Duncan Smith said that the “blogosphere” would become a big force in Britain and could boost conservatism."

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