Adams: “I think we are going to reap what we’ve sown”

In contrast, Sinn Fein use an in-house vlog for the launch of their election website. As a result the quality of the production is far superior to any of the other outputs. Adams is relaxed and eminently listenable to. There’s plenty of time to get key messages that rarely come out under more interrogative mainstream questioning. And yet, it’s a pity it’s not on YouTube! (they have more than most already up there)I hate to repeat Jeff Jarvis, but:

If your customers want to watch your shows, listen to your songs, read your news, or play your games, can you still get away with telling them they cannot unless they come to you and use your devices, pay your fees, and follow your rules? That could work in a scarcity economy in which you owned all the stuff and the means to get it. But no more.

As the man says, “Business Politics isn’t about control any more”. Rather you need to “Find the flow. Then go with it”.

Or as EM Foster once put it, “Only connect”.

  • bored

    Taking far too long to buffer and start playing. Waited about 60 secs (on a 2mb connection) before getting bored and closing it down.

  • Mick Fealty

    That’s the cost the production quality imposes on the user… And why ‘quick and dirty’ (for a while) is going to work better than the high end stuff.

  • Damien Okado-Gough

    I’ve a friend who spent a year living and working in Spain before the internet had really kicked in and he told me that the only news from home that he got was a copy of the Derry Journal once a month from his ma.

    Now I’m on the other side of the world in a country whose news I can’t read or watch and I’m almost as well informed about events in Ireland and the UK as I was when I was living there.

    This is the best election for me so far regarding information, given the explosion of material on the net.

  • SuperSoupy


    Your disappointment can lift, seems the video is in the process of being uploaded on YouTube.

  • SuperSoupy

    Happy now?

  • Dougal

    The front page of the SF election website reads “As the only all-Ireland party…”

    If that means the only party seeking the re-unification of Ireland then what about the SDLP? They too seek this same goal.

    If that means the only party to seek election in both jurisdictions, then what about the Greens? They too are eager to be elected North and South.

    On both accounts, this is wrong.

    What else has SF got wrong I wonder?

  • Nevin

    “Politics isn’t about control any more”

    Really. The DUP and SF look very much like fascist-type organisations to me; those who don’t go with the flow get flushed out – or worse.

  • That’s not the same thing Nevin! Any organisation trying to pull together a coalition of interests (which is what most modern political parties are) needs to be able to enforce binding agreements.

    But they also need to be able to engage in discursive expansion on policy, and the big issues. It should be challening, but I suspect there are also big rewards for those who take on those challenges head on…

    It just cannot be just left as an afterthought. It needs to be worked in to the parties overall comm strategy.

  • Henry94


    It’s not wrong. The Greens are two separate parties with links. The SDLP is a six-county party.

    Sinn Fein is the only all-Ireland party. It is a pity but it is a fact.

  • middle-class taig

    I’m not speaking from personal experience here, but I’m told that SF canvassers are using the canvass to conduct what is by all accounts a post-ArdFheis consultation on how comfortable people are with the policing decision. Very earnest by all accounts.

    Anyone else hearing/experiencing anything similar, different?

  • Dec


    SF knocked on my door last week. Very pleasant exchange – when I provided my feelings on the policing issue one of 3 boxes was ticked (iirc).

  • Dougal

    “The Greens are two separate parties with links.”

    If they are two different parties, then why do they share the same party logo? Surely this is just the most tenuous of claims by SF to make it fit in with their claim of being the only party?

    Regardless of the legalities of contesting elections in two jurisdictions, few people outside of SF believe them. In their own way, the general public perception is that both the Greens and the SDLP are All-Ireland parties. Claims by SF that they are alone in this is viewed as cheap political “spin” and “hype”.

  • Crataegus


    It’s not wrong. The Greens are two separate parties with links. The SDLP is a six-county party.

    You are definitely wrong on this. It took ages to get confermation from them on other threads. The Northern Ireland Green Party is a Region of Comhaontas Glas

    If you notice Trevor Sargent refers to the local leaders as regional leaders in this one

    They are one party, and NI is a region of that party. There are some links with the parties in Britain but as far as I can gather they are more of a token nature.

    I think they were attempting something more balanced, but the pieces didn’t fall into place at least that is what was suggested elsewhere, but I am not sure how they could. Many questions remain unanswered and one worth returning to perhaps after the election. How can parties allow for both traditions and have links on this island and these islands that give ‘parity of esteem’ within one party and yet be more than simply insular? It is an interesting conundrum. What structures do you need, who has final control etc. It is quite a difficult one.


    SF’s claim to be the only all Ireland party is, like many of their claims, a load of bull.

  • Very pleasant exchange – when I provided my feelings on the policing issue one of 3 boxes was ticked (iirc).

    Interesting. I can think of all sorts of (entirely legitimate) uses that data could be used for in the latter stages of an election campaign.