Vox-pop the non-anoraks

Of course Slugger attracts blogs and comment from those engaged with the election but it is also easy for us to get views from those not as interested. For example, I just asked my wife about the impact of candidates on her so far. While the DUP, SF, UUP, SDLP and TUV were easily recognised and known to her it was the ‘other two’ that got some interesting comment: Alliance – their poster campaign is so annoying. The candidate is Parlsey or something but the signs are like something from Father Ted ‘Down with that sort of thing’, you almost expect one to say ‘Jesus Saves’. Greens – is he Parsley? No he’s not, he looks like he needs a good shave and a suit whoever he is.
Go ahead, ask someone not that really into the election their view and stick up the response………

  • SM

    Few comments from my wife:

    Sdlp: teeth whitening job makes her laugh

    Greens: looks like he is running for student union elections

    Nicholson’s poster: who is he running for? – can’t read party name on poster as the text is too small

    (off topic)
    Why is Newsnight running a stupid music competition? We hoped to watch the news!

  • The brand identity of the smaller parties is difficult to explain on both sides of the Irish sea. “Alliance” I would have thought had a better brand indentity in Northern Ireland but maybe my perception is wrong?

    “Green Party of England and Wales” are having it hard enough to get media attention where they need to over here. I can’t say Green Party of Northern Ireland has ever hit the radar at all ;?

  • right on

    [i]Why is Newsnight running a stupid music competition?[/i]

    All in the name of multiculturalism. And who said the BBC had a liberal bias?!

  • Big Maggie

    I’ve always voted, remembering the men and women who died so I could.

    This time round, no. I have it up to HERE with politicians. You have to be a certain sort of perverted human being to want to go into politics in the first place. You crave power, influence … and a large expense account.

    No normal person goes into politics. Let them vote for each other. I’ve given up.

  • Big Maggie

    “Why is Newsnight running a stupid music competition?”

    They had a very good band from Zimbabwe yesterday (Tuesday). The rest is rubbish.

  • You crave power, influence … and a large expense account.

    Hi Maggie,

    I understand entirely why you’re pissed off, but I wonder can you point me to my expense account? I haven’t been able to find it yet.

    (In other words, most of us aren’t crooks, don’t judge us all by the standards of the worst…)

  • dewi

    Why does anyone need a moat these days? (Goes down a treat in Wales) – Seriously – not wonderful doorstep feedback..

  • Jean Baudrillard

    I’ve asked a few people – and you’d be surprised at how many don’t even know that there is an election taking place at all – much less care.

  • Pigeon Toes

    I for one couldn’t care less one way or the other…

    In the end it makes little difference, which is really rather sad.

  • dunreavynomore

    I have yet to hear the election come up in general conversation except in the company of people involved in political campaigning. That applies on both sides of the border and in the barbers shop!!!

  • Free Agent

    “looks like he needs a good shave and a suit” Er this is all clearly playing the man not the ball.

  • An fhirinne gharbh

    From my brother in Co. Derry: ‘It’s a pity Eamonn McCann isn’t standing. He may be a Commie but he knows his football.’

  • SM

    You crave power, influence … and a large expense account.

    No normal person goes into politics.
    Posted by Big Maggie on May 14, 2009 @ 12:24 AM

    Maggie,

    Those sort of views will destroy democracy!

    Might I suggest if you don’t like any of the current ones you go into politics yourself? That way people like you would have someone to vote for. We will be ruled by somebody and I’d much rather there were lots of people competing for it – and that requires folk to engage.

    As for my opinion – I think most folk who go into politics go into it for what they believe in, not for money and corruption. And many of them are normal, but just like any job you do get a few weirdos 🙂

  • asked a work colleague what she thought of the Alliance Party Broadcast last night. She paused and then said she thought Ian Parsley was “Nice, in fact very nice – in a Nick Clegg sort of way”. Wow i thought – Ian Parsley being compared to a national party leader. He’s on a roll!

  • Jen Erik

    We were dropping my fifteen year old at school this morning, and she happened to remark she liked the Alliance party posters best. (Didn’t know about this thread, so I didn’t ask her why.)

  • Militant Mike,

    Since you’ve already admitted that you’re an Alliance voter, I reckon this ‘anecdote’ (true or not … and to be honest, I tend towards ‘not’ – Parsley is provincial) is just part of the Alliance attempts to big him up.

  • I have much better things to do than make up anecdotes i can assure u mate so yer reckoning is up the proverbial. And the other 8 i asked this morning hadnt seen the broadcast – but i can’t prove anything so make of it what u want. I wud also say that i have heard more people talking about Alliance than in previous elections – but whether this turns into votes is another matter altogether.

  • chip of the old block

    “We were dropping my fifteen year old at school this morning, and she happened to remark she liked the Alliance party posters best”

    My eight year old asked from the back of the car whether there was an election on (she’d just seen posters for three different kinds of unionist) and when I said yes she started telling me about a debate she’d had with some friends at school at the end of which she concluded “stop worrying about history you wusses!” and “rub out that line!”.

    Not sure whether the first declamation makes her a potential Alliance groupie or the second SDLP.
    Probably Green though – she’s a pet fixation at the moment.

    My wife doesn’t like the “hairy” Green candidate.

    Fascist.

  • Pigeon Toes

    It scares me that my 15 year old is politically more articulate than me (or her dad).

    Then again, we didn’t have the benefit of “citizenship” classes…

    She will not consider that I have the right not to care,

    I suppose that makes her correct in a way.

  • Big Maggie

    SM,

    “I think most folk who go into politics go into it for what they believe in, not for money and corruption.”

    Yes I used to think that too when I was young and green. I’ve voted all my adult life but now I’ve had enough and I’m too old to go into politics now, thank you. Anyhow I’m not MP/TD/MEP material. I lack the necessary self-serving mechanism.

  • Jean Baudrillard: “I’ve asked a few people – and you’d be surprised at how many don’t even know that there is an election taking place at all – much less care.”

    Maybe there isn’t one and it’s just a media construct, a sign.

    Militant Mike: “asked a work colleague what she thought of the Alliance Party Broadcast last night. She paused and then said she thought Ian Parsley was “Nice, in fact very nice – in a Nick Clegg sort of way”. Wow i thought – Ian Parsley being compared to a national party leader. He’s on a roll!”

    That means he’s nice but dull, ineffectual and struggles to get media time.

  • Bigger Picture

    Quote from friend: “I expected Jim Allister to have come out with more nasty things than he has said so far.” (He’ll not like that!)

    Another friend, “It looks as if someone has felt that guy up.” (Ref to the SDLP poster)

    “Why does he look like he hates us all?” (A reference to the Jim Allister poster.)

    “Can teeth whitening be claimed as an expense?” (Take your pick)

  • Jen Erik

    And my husband, passing Allister’s big poster in the car this morning (captioned something like)-

    ‘The one they want to get rid of’

    – wonders aloud ‘What’s that about?’

    (He is hopeless. He had a casual acquaintance with Gerry Fitt, and happened to be talking with him just after the terms of the Good Friday agreement had been agreed. When I asked what he’d made of the agreement, my husband looked surprised, and said he hadn’t thought to ask. I don’t think he’s the slightest bit interested in politics.)

  • The Raven

    “You have to be a certain sort of perverted human being to want to go into politics in the first place. You crave power, influence … and a large expense account.”

    Actually I’d love to go into it, because I’d love to effect some change. Alas, I am in the right church, the right lodge, am not kin to any existing politican, nor did I serve time in the (insert prison wot kept paramilitaries here). Also, you can’t be attached to any of them, and hope to have a career outside it, it seems, once it is all over.

    So…kinda guess it’s never going to happen really.

    I asked my 9 year old niece what she thought of it all. Nine, now, remember that….

    “All this paper wasted on posters. And leaflets and fings. Don’t these boys know about the internet?”