I discussed the issue of "Political Spamming" with the office of a senior Conservative politician this month. Describing it as "Possibly unethical and potentially illegal", I reminded them of the case of Sean Connery and the Scottish National Party over two years ago, where the issue of Spamming for political purposes was negatively recieved. This however does not appear to be stopping Labour and neither, reportedly, are the rules on telephone canvassing.
What is it with politicians and spam? While they all proclaim to hate spam and pass useless laws that pretend to ban spam, they still have no problem sending out spam themselves. While it's normally been used by politicians campaigning for office, it appears that politicians in office are becoming fans of spamming their constituents as well. The latest is British Prime Minister Tony Blair who has spammed a bunch of folks in the UK. The Labour Party claims that the emails only went out to those who requested them, but many recipients claim that's not true at all. Next thing, we'll have politicians pushing spyware on us as well. [via Techdirt]
Curiously enough, in Leeds this week, while I was enjoying a Starbucks Coffee, I overheard a conversation between two youn Moslem women, talking politics. One said to the other that her friends and family had always supported Labour but after the war with Iraq and the way in which Moslems were being treated by this government, none will vote Labour again. They won't vote Conservative either and will be supporting the LibDems because of their stance on the war. Her friend agreed with her.
This may present a huge blow to Labour in some of the inner cities with a strong Moselm vote. Mind you, with the trial on rigged postal voting still in progress, it seems that in Birmingham at least, it didn't matter who you voted for as Labour allegedly won the local council elections regardless of any personal preference!