Yanks have no monopoly on boring politician vlogs. Following the 24-hour party people of Conservative’s example, the trainspotters at New Labour have created their own YouTube channel. Now MPs longer need to compete with sozzled royals for coverage from the Beeb, and can present their own “unmediated” message, in Blair’s words.
“I wonder how much thought went into choosing the officey looking corner (people can empathise with offices) that it was filmed in,” mused Beth Tiltson on “Bulldog” Blair’s mise en scene. Conservative’s “Call Me Dave” Cameron chose a more formal set but a less formal style. What’s most surprising to me is that neither is facing election for up to three years.
John Harris of The Guardian points out that Labour’s channel isn’t exactly popular with the clubkids, with Caroline Flint’s countdown to the smoking ban currently the big draw after sexy beast Blair’s introduction in February. Cameron got his party started online back in September.
Me, I’ll stick with the BBC’s Question Time podcast, which is much more entertaining than either’s efforts. On this side of the pond, YouTube is trying to foster conversations between politicians and candidates here in the colonies. More on that later today.