SWOTing the parties: The DUP…

Here’s a distillation of that SWOT analysis of the DUP based on readers contributions… Had hoped to get the SDLP one finished, but spent most of my time struggling with this damned presentation programme… Let us have your impressions/reactions…

  • Very Interesting but I could not read all of it. Font was too small or blurred on some of it. Maybe my eyesight is going. I could not read “Dealing with Political parties”

    I am sorry I did not contribute to the data. There is perhaps one missing, which is a weakness and that is that there are certain flawed personality traits in their leader. Robinson’s cage is easily rattled. An example is how he reacted so badly to adverse press comment. He does not come across as a person who is charismatic. He scores very low on the “lovability” scale.

  • Marlaghman

    Deal done
    half a minute ago from UberTwitter

    No more late nights?

  • That presentation takes a while to load – you may need to refresh a few times?

    Also Seymour – have another look – there’s a ‘Full Screen’ mode.

  • David Crookes

    Thanks a lot, Mick! I reckon that many PhD students will be grateful to you.

  • st etienne

    these terms are bandied about a lot on the web and to my mind it’s a bit rich to term site comments, which are as old as the hills and as notorious for going round in circles as any added insight, as crowd sourced data and thus linking them with the more advanced displays of collective intelligence about these days.

    firehouse would be more apt.

  • Mick Fealty

    Well, that may be fair comment st e. But no one is claiming this is definitive. I hope people will pick particular arguments with the way things are displayed above and suggest alternatives.

  • St E,

    I’d answer you here but I’ve written about this at length elsewhere: http://blog.localdemocracy.org.uk/2010/02/05/using-a-weblog-crowdsource-intelligence/

    It’s not crowd-sourced data that has been provided here. It’s a crowd-sourced description of a situation. If you have easy access to large numbers of people who have views on a subject, you can get them to collaborate to describe a problem even if they don’t agree on the solution. This is, I think, a useful function that the web can bring to politics and make politics better.

    It holds out the potential to break the monopolies that think-tanks and management consultancies enjoy.

    And – given the hugely cynical nature of current NI politics – providing a materialist analysis of all of the parties with no reference to the public interest – is a useful thing to help with the public’s understanding of politics.