Friday, October 16, 2009

Preparing for the Open Primary

As most of you know, this weekend is an important one for me, as tomorrow afternoon I will be taking part in the Open Primary in Bracknell. I'm up against six other terrific candidates so I don't underestimate the magnitude of the task ahead of me. Any one of them would make a great MP.

Preparing for an Open Primary isn't easy. We're not asked to make a normal speech. Instead, we make a three minute opening statement, answer questions for 20 minutes and then make a closing three minute statement. As there are seven of us, the whole event may last five hours as I suspect there will be at least two rounds of voting.

So forgive me if I disappear now for the rest of the day. I'm doing the Daily Politics at noon on BBC2 but after that it's time to mug up on all the things I have learnt about the constituency over the last month.

The next time you hear from me I will either be in a state of elation or depression! I know I will sound like an X Factor contestant, but I really do want this. And that's what I need to convey tomorrow.

97 comments:

Anonymous said...

All the best for tomorrow Iain.

Despite the fact that we may lose your fabulous blog!

Bon said...

very best of luck Iain, fingers crossed for you

Havocman said...

Best of luck with this, Mr Dale.

Benjamin said...

Parliament needs you, Mr D.

neil h said...

Good luck Iain - politics needs people you!

Anonymous said...

.............and even if the good people of Berkshire Forest can't digest you then there's always Spelthorne!

ak23566 said...

Iain

I think the mssage you must convey is not "I really do want this" but that "why they should really want you."

In the eyes of the selectorate, it's about them, not you. What you want is of no importance to them.

Best of luck, Iain.

Phil North said...

Good Luck Iain - you deserve it

Tory Bear said...

Good luck.

Exonian said...

Best of luck to you, Iain! Hope you succeed.

Interested of Bracknell said...

I am sorry but I don't see why any of the candidates would make a good constituency MP. All have great CVs but there is an enormous leap of faith to saying they are the best to represent Bracknell in Parliament.

Correct me if I am wrong but I believe none has more than a tenuous link with Bracknell. They have all been parachuted in. These open primaries would be lot more interesting if there were a RON (ReOpen Nominations) choice on the ballot slip. Instead this is more like a magician's 3card trick.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Iain for tomorrow, hope all goes well.

Anonymous said...

Dale what is it with your ties..

julian de montefiore said...

Break a leg, as we thespians say.

Horshamite said...

Best of luck - Parliament needs you!

The Boiling Frog said...

Best of luck Iain, hope all goes well, fingers crossed etc.

(not wishing to distract you, but knowing your recent troubles with the Daily Vile thought you might be interested in this rather nasty innuendo-based article on Stephen Gately - they really have no shame

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1220756/Why-natural-Stephen-Gatelys-death.html)

Hawkeye said...

Fingers crossed!

Blackacre said...

Good luck. No idea why you want to move from what you are doing now to become an MP, but all the best in the selection.

I hope you lose the general election of course, but that is nothing personal and pure tribal politics!

bergen said...

All the best.

Manfarang said...

Good luck

Daily Referendum said...

Good luck!

repossessed house investor said...

Well Iain, good luck and as my 14 year old son would say "go for it"

I must say the the HoC could do with some new blood and I think you fit the bill.
Regards

miggles said...

I wish you the very best of luck Iain - I know you will do very well!

tory boys never grow up said...

Hanworth & Birch Hill Ward, Bracknell Forest DC. Con hold. Con 640 (42.4%, -14.2), Lab 377 (25%, -1.9), LD 206 (13.7%, +13.7), UKIP 139 (9.2%, +9.2), Green 77 (5.1%, -11.3), BNP 70 (4.6%, +4.6). Swing of 6.2% from Con to Lab since 2007.


Good to see your canvassing the other day had such a positive effect - long may it continue

Cath said...

Best of luck Iain, positive vibes making their way up the A322 :-)

Westminster watch said...

Your international readership (well at least this bit of it in Canada) wishes you every success. Hope to be reading an elated post tomorrow.

Remember it is what you will do for them.

jojoko said...

Interested of Bracknell: You are so right. I really do think that mp's should be from the area they represent, and public servants such as police, firemen etc. should live in the area in which they are employed.

I suppos IoB can only hope that the best of the 7, whoever it may be, gets the nod and the seat.

Frugal Dougal said...

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Good luck

CADANEZ said...

My first every post on this blog -
Good luck iain!

jon dee said...

Best of luck.

Ted said...

If you get this, you do realise you would inevitably be known in the House as Lady Bracknell?

Good luck, although a pity this would mean less blogging from you.

canvas said...

I wish you well - but I certainly wouldn't want you as my MP.

Sorry, but it's true. Iain you shine in other things... Don't let your ego destroy your promising career in the media. It'll end in tears.

Speaking of my MP I hope that dreadful Alan Haselhurst resigns at the next election. He is all about the past. Time for change.

Roger Dodger said...

Interested of Bracknell

How many MPs really come from within the boundaries?

Iain Dale has committed to having a house within the constituency. What else should one do?

Besides:

http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch13s7.html

True Belle said...

People will love your friendly easy manner and voice.

Just enjoy yourself and good luck.

Remember you have soooooooo much to fall back on. Many strings to your bow, lucky you.

ak23566 said...

What is all this nonsense that MPs should be from the area they wish to represent?

Had we followed such a rule then our country would never have had the benefit of Winston Churchill or Margaet Thatcher (or Ted Heath for that matter, but that might undermine the arguement!)

No-one expects their GP to live above the surgery nor question the quality of their greengrocers bananas because he doesn't live nearby.

What people want is a decent, honest, hard working constituecy representative who will fight for their interests and contribute to the good governance of their country.

Anonymous said...

Very best of luck.

Charlie said...

I was at school with Rory Stewart and what he has done with his life so far makes me feel less than an inch tall (I'm 6'2"). Having said that, may the best person win.

local local said...

To Interested of Bracknell.

I think you will find that Dr Phillip Lee lives just a few miles outside the constituency and that his practice covers some of the constituency. Phillip himself covers the whole of Berkshire as a locum and an on-call GP.

James said...

Bedford Mayor gone to second round ---between Lib Dems and Conservative---in case you're interested

Ivor Biggun said...

julian de montefiore: "Break a leg, as we thespians say"

But Iain's not a thespian - he's a gay man!

I hope that Rory Stewart gets selected - he's a Great Briton, rather than a little Englander like our host! :-)

JULIAN BRAY UK speaker/moderator said...

all the best. head up focus on back row of hall. Keep eyeline up al all times and shoulders well back, BUm well beck in seat,PROJECT,SMILE, drink warm not iced water all that said you'll sail through....JB

Mark said...

Go in there and prepare for government

mutleythedog said...

Good luck with that Iain, I don't know where Bracknell is but it sounds Tory to me...

Anonymous said...

Good luck!

Gary said...

All the best - it it's right for you, it will happen.

James said...

Lib Dems beat Conservatives by 2000 votes for Bedford Mayorship

Constantly Furious said...

Good luck. Try not to get angry if you're asked about Jan Moir's piece about Stephen Gately.

_

Anonymous said...

I'm utterly shocked by that Daily Mail article.

It makes the Hardcastle homophobia against Iain look positively tame.

It's a shame Iain's so busy in a way as I'm confident he'd take up the cause.

Dual Citizen said...

Good Luck Iain.

Paddy Briggs said...

Iain

If you read this (from a highly distinguished and practical economist) :

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/09/cameron-osborne-recession-recovery-inflation

realise that it is true and that as an MP you should oppose legislation that will do more harm than good then you deserve to be selected...

Interested of Bracknell said...

The issue with parachuting in candidates is a simple one: it's the tories (other parties are no better) saying "I am afraid that you aren't up to representing yourselves. Don't worry - we'll do it for you."

This is a continuation of the political elite. 100,000 people in Bracknell yet no-one meets the grade? Unlikely.

Luke Akehurst said...

Good luck Iain but please note that what you are participating in is not in any sense an "open primary". An open primary would be a ballot open to every elector in the constituency, held by post or at polling stations like a general election. The meeting you are taking part in is more accurately described as an "open caucus".

tomandclaire said...

Best of Luck

Mark p said...

Iain Thank you for the canvasing help in getting me elected last night. Very much appreciated. Hard choice to make tommorow due to getting to know the 6 of you during the campaign. All excellent candidates with diffrent qualities on offer, I hope people go in to the meeting tommorow with an open mind and make their descion on what is said. I know I will

skids said...

The very best of luck to you sir!

Steve Horgan said...

Good luck.

tapestry said...

Hint - people care most about money.

They pretend and even believe all kinds of other crap, but when the real choices are made, money talks.

How good is Iain Dale at managing money? Or George Osborne? Or Boris Johnson?

And at least how much money will you steal from your voters?

Reality time is impacting on Britain.

Will you stop Britain from heading over the cliff into bankruptcy Iain?

i am sparticus said...

I AM SPARTICUS said...
good luck mate. i hope you succeed.you have all the makings of a great Tory member of parliament. so don't forget us mere mortals when you stride,like a colossus,over the serried ranks of mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

Um - good luck Iain - but respectfully the point isn't how much you want to do the job (I'm sure you do, and I dare say the other candidates do too), but rather what distinctive and special qualities you will bring which will make you serve your constituents better.

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Bunny Smedley said...

Good luck tomorrow, Iain. You'd be a wonderful MP, with more maturity, judgement and experience than some - but if you end up in Parliament, please try to retain a degree of autonomy - sometimes what our party leadership truly needs is friendly scrutiny and criticism, not obedient lobby-fodder!

(Sending Rory Stewart to Parliament would be a fascinating experiment - whether a disaster or not, time only would tell, but in any event fun to watch. Still, if the choice were mine, you'd get Bracknell and he's get Penrith - after all, it's a marvellous place for long hilly walks, which, given his Afghan experiences, he'd probably enjoy.)

Doctor Why said...

Best of luck to you mate!

norfolknell said...

Best of luck Iain. I voted for you in the North Norfolk last general election because of your integrity and sense of fair play. Only wish I could vote for you now.

Andrew Allison said...

All the best, Iain. You will make a great MP. Hope you succeed.

SHB said...

Good luck.

Call it how you see it and say what you think.

Malcolm Clarke said...

Good luck, please link to my politics blog :)

Anonymous said...

i have my fingers crossed for you Iain,i just hope the daily mail readers stay at home.

Gallimaufry said...

Best wishes/ Just promise not to claim expenses.

WV=felon !

Matthew L said...

Very best of luck, Iain. I think you would be an outstanding MP.

Matthew

Anonymous said...

Do not forget to stay on the side of the people.
We have been betrayed by mainstream politics.I could genuinely weep at the money they have taken for themselves.Why should people earning £8,000 help support people earning £65-£121k?
Be true to yourself and your parents.

Anonymous said...

I remember your support for the way the primary at Bedford was held Iain. I thought then that the processes and things that went on were corrupt practices. Now it has gone to the Lib Dems perhaps you might want to reconsider. The people of Bedford were not stupid. The democratic process won out in the end and the Tories lost. What went on was a disgrace to democracy and should be consigned to third world countries and banana republics!

Martin Day said...

Good luck Iain! Hope you become the candidate and then after a GE the MP!

Thatsnews said...

Best of luck, Iain.

Bardirect said...

I've been away all day and I'm not sure what all the fuss has been about but your twitter stuff about the dead boyzone seems to have taken priority over your Bracknell stuff and you might note that the pro Moir talkbacks did actually exceed the antis. I very much doubt that Bracknell voters will be happy to be religated to a secondary role if there is a gayers or israeli first issue for you to pursue.
wv docati "nearly ducati"

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Iain
Cant you bypass being just a MP and go staight to being PM

M.Hristov said...

have sent you an E.Mail on iain@iaindale.com. Please look at it, if you have a moment.

Bracknell is a new town and was founded by migrants who came from east London and elswhere.

You will, I hope, be the latest addition to this flock. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I'll go against the grain, here, if I may:
Iain, I see you as a great political commentator, and an influential mouthpiece for progressive ideas within the Conservative party.
However, from reading several of your comments about the whole "MP expenses scandal" thing, you've given me the impression that you don't quite connect with the depth of feeling, nor the reason why the electorate is so thoroughly disgusted with MPs on this issue.
And in my view, until you DO understand that, I really don't want you to become an MP. Sorry, but that's the way I feel. Although I do not dislike you from what I know of you, still, I have to say that I wouldn't vote for you, because I'm not sure that you really understand the prime edict that as am MP, "you work for us, not we for you". I would rather that you continue as an influential blogger, publisher, and disseminater of ideas and political debate. That's where your talents lie, in my opinion.

Grand Master said...

Bavaria is rooting for you, but not in the Biblical sense.

Nigel said...

Good luck.

I don't live in Bracknell, but I would love to have you as my local MP.

Though after reading this -
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n13/stew01_.html
- I think I'd like to see your opponent as Defense Secretary, rather than the faintly absurd Liam Fox.

Philipa said...

I don't understand why you are standing for Bracknell. Apart from the fact that you want to be a professional politician. Isn't that 'profession' part of the problem?

jojoko said...

The population of an area surely are entitled to a representative from within their ranks, unless what exactly? The party hierarchy considers the local electorate to be too stupid, the party is too weak in that area to provide a single candidate, there is no interest whatsoever in the local electorate in providing a candidate? My area has a Tory MP who is a good constituency MP, less good at Westminster, but he was parachuted in, and if a local Tory ran against him, the local would win hands down everytime because even after all these years he "is not one of us". I will go further: he is actually disliked because of the fact that he was rewarded with a safe seat for services to the hierarchy, and there are many locals who would like to see him fall on his face purely for that reason. Iain can actually do more for the party as a blogger and media personality than he ever will as an MP, and that is fact.

Roger Dodger said...

My mother is attending and has been fully briefed.

Best of British.

killemallletgodsortemout said...

I hope you suck seed.

Good Luck. Keep smiling.

Anonymous said...

Lets hope those concerned recognise just what you have achieved for not only the Tories but politics in general.

Very best wishes for your success

Fenman

Jabba the Cat said...

Oink, oink!

The Lakelander said...

Best of luck, Iain!

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bladerunner86 said...

Iain you have to understand that its not about you in this selection - its about getting the best candidate to become Conservative PPC. To say how much you really want this is turning the attention on to you.
So be careful on that one...

Also focus more on policy - and want policies you particularly want to put on your own political agenda. I have read your blog and you don't mention enough on policy prescriptions in my opinion, its dominated by personality.

ILLIBERAL DEMOCRATS said...

jojoko,

Actually due to the Expense problems of the current parliament the local candidate thing is actually going to be done away with IMO.

Instead we will have a more professional parliament where decent MPs are selected because they are good politicians. Not because they know X and Y in an association or in the Lib Dem case have lived their all their lives. What sort of yardstick is that to use against people as whether they are fit for office? Lib Dems had for a while caught prople with the thinking it was a good thing but when you look at their MPs who claim to be local if you look around various LD MPs they are all currently campaigning on local post office closure, Railway stations/links, local by-passes or road expansion or green belt areas. Nothing local about that but a central Lib Dem strategy.

The profiliration of localism has left this country with a Lib Dem blocking minority that has proped Labour up at General Election time for the last three elections.

It is time for this country to elect the best on national issues not who can talk loadest on dog fouling or bin collections.

We live in a changed world and our politics needs to chnage with it.

I dont know the result of the selection but will be pleased as Punch if Iain gets it, If not he is still a top bloke and a talent politics has not heard the last of so Good luck Iain!

raincoatoptimism said...

commiserations

Edgar said...

Nope. The blog stays. I can think about voting Tory again. Bad luck, Iain. Good luck for the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

Sea Shanty Irish here:

Just got the word, that Iain came in third, and that Philip Lee has been selected.

Am sorry you didn't make it THIS time, Iain. But you made a very good showing given the quality of the field.

Better luck next time!

And I'm convinced their will be a next time. Keep in mind, there are plenty great parliamentarians past and present, from all parties, who had to brave selection gauntlet more than thrice before they were selected AND elected.

Be the bulldog!

Anonymous said...

Sea Shanty Irish here:

Philipa, then I reckon you also don't understand why (for example) Winston Churchill ran, was selected and elected consecutively for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, Epping and Woodford.

The reason is simple: under British parliamentary practice of VERY long standing, constituencies are NOT compelled to elect a local resident to represent them in the House of Commons.

Instead, they are free to choose any otherwise qualified candidate from any part of the UK (or even beyond). While this has had it's downside, for example in case of pre- (and even post-) reform rotten boroughs for example, the upside is proven by many distinguished AND non-resident parliamentarians who served their constituents AND their country very well.

The idea of electing a local worthy sounds great. BUT all to often, the practical result is (or would be) selection and election of a party hack. That's esp. true of safe seats, of which there are (all too) many.

jojoko said...

illiberal democrat, I couldn't disagree with you more. Face up to the fact that the public doesn't vote libdem because they aren't convinced the fencesitters are up the job. As for localism being the devil that has dragged this country down, I would say the complete opposite. It is the collectivism of all political and public services that has infuriated the populace and destroyed local government. The people of a market town are fit and able to govern their own public services. Police, A&E, etc. stationed 30 or more miles away does not save money or lives. Politicians parachuted in as a reward for handlicking are not wanted when a local candidate with experience of local politics through serving on parish, district and county councils, or donating time as a school governor, working with charitable organisations etc. will be known to the local electorate and they can decide whether he/she is good enough for the job of MP. Carry on screaming about the unfairness of the voting system to libdems. If you and your party came up with some decent policies and credible leaders, you would have no problem in attracting votes. Those who sit on fences usually wind up with splinters in sensitive areas.

JULIAN BRAY UK speaker/moderator said...

One thing is certain. LibDems will not be forming the next Parliament as for sitting as a scholl governor, local councillor and so on, it these very people - the professional committee members that need to be taken out of politics and repleace with people who have experience of the big bad worl. The country is virtually bust,they say if the British population starves for three or more days there will be a civil war. Hard nosed decisions now have to be made and quickly. Iain might just have introduced some original thinking but perhaps the good citizens havde actually got the candidate they deserve, not the candidate they need
BRAYS DUCKHOUSE BLOG: http://tinyurl.com/pknlxn

jojoko said...

The people with experience of the big bad world are the very ones who are running the country now. And running it into the ground they surely are. It seems that their experience of the big bad world has enticed them into the very behaviour they claim to abhor. It is time for local government to be given back to local people and taken out of the hands of Westminster. It works well in other countries, and God knows a change is due.