Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Never mind the quantity...

One day to go before the Glasgow East by-election (or The Westminster v Holyrood referendum as Salmond is labeling it) and some interesting figures in The Scotsman:

IN NUMBERS

LABOUR

250,000
leaflets handed out

0
visits by party leader

2,000
activists

111
miles walked by Margaret Curran, the party's candidate

3,000
posters put up on lamp posts

40,000
households visited

20,000
telephone calls made

14,000
hands shaken by Ms Curran

SNP

560,000
leaflets handed out

10
visits by party leader

1,000+
activists

114
miles walked by John Mason, the party's candidate

5,000
posters put up on lampposts

40,000
households visited

60,000
telephone calls made

14,000
hands shaken by Mr Mason


Now, I guess that some of those figures have been pulled out of the ether (hands shaken?) but my main observation is that with apparently double the “activists”, Labour has handed out less than half the leaflets, put up two-thirds of the numbers of the posters and made less than a third of the phone-calls that their nationalist opponents have managed. That indicates a serious problem with organisation and/or motivation or...maybe someone, somewhere along the line is telling porkies.

2 comments:

wildgoose said...

Definite porkies.

I remember reading that the SNP membership had recently increased sharply to around 14,000 individuals.

The usual rule is that 10% are active.

Are they seriously suggesting that the overwhelming majority of SNP activists have been involved with this campaign?

tony said...

The SNP activist figures are exaggerated more like in the hundreds, but where the hell did they get the figures for Labour activists. Remember Oneil the story by the undercover journalist? They had a few auld biddy's stuffing envelopes and some blow ins mainly from the English Uni holiday's.