Lisbon Has To Be Won On The Doorstops

While lots of the Yes Campaign seems to be based online with facebook fan pages, websites and so on, the campaign will not be won online. While yes it will play a role, it is not the most effective tool availible.

The Yes groups need to be willing and able to get out on the doorsteps and explain to people what this is all about. I can assure you that this is what Sinn Fein and the other No groups will be doing so we need to get out there to assure the voters that Voting Yes to the Lisbon Treaty is the best thing for Ireland.

Last time out, this wasnt done. There was more of a focus on shopping centres and leafletting like that, but that wont cut it this time as primarily footfall is down in most shopping  centres and so we need to talk to people where they will be, at home in the evenings.

This isn’t the easiest option of course and is very labour intensive, but it gets the best results. Media and online stuff are what aids this work, but from the end of this month we need to be out there knocking on doors. It is the only way we can hope for a large Yes vote. I plan on starting canvassing from the end of this month, if all goes to plan of course.

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

6 thoughts on “Lisbon Has To Be Won On The Doorstops”

  1. Agree. Was planning to canvass as a gp member for a yes vote. Last time round i canvassed the Munster final for a yes vote. Got a lot of abuse for it.

    1. I don’t mind who people canvass as for a Yes Vote once its been done. I know sporting events will have to be hit also, but hopefully in bigger numbers then last time. What does need to be done is a co-ordinated canvass between the groups, so hopefully that can be organised.

  2. Hey, Stephen!

    Has the battle for Lisbon begun, then? My impression is that the “no” campaign is at a serious disadvantage this time round, what with all the concerns over the Irish economy (not to mention Libertas getting such a drubbing during the EP elections).

    Is there a danger the “yes” campaign might be getting a bit complacent?

    Interesting stuff!

    Joe

  3. Joe, the Battle for Lisbon is well under way in the online sphere and slowly getting going in the media. Complacency is a problem from tthe yes side as well as there being a lot of yes groups.

    You are right that the current economic climate plays into the yes side at the moment and the abscence of Libertas or any major right wing no group, means its just the left opposing it. None of the left groups could do what Libertas did, so we are hoping it will work in our favour!

  4. Hello Guys,

    First up I must say I was a ‘no’ voter last time, primarily because i was’nt convinced about preservation of true neutrality. I am also not in any way affiliated with any political party or pressure group – just an ordinary guy in the street with an opinion (right or wrong!).

    Whilst i may be inclined to reconsider this time, that won’t happen just because someone says the last result was the wrong one. I also do not feel that the current economic climate necessarily ‘plays into the yes side’ as the climate is a global one and would exist whether the treaty existed or not.

    Further than that (sustainable) corporate foreign investment in to Ireland depends on market forces – i.e what can Ireland offer, what makes us attractive in the first place. The answer will ultimately need to come from within – a European crutch to keep us hobbling along is not really where we want to be in the long run.

    We need to be creative, not the medical patient of europe.

    In the back of my mind there is also the question ‘why are we having another referendum anyway? If there had been a ‘yes’ last time then we obviously would’nt be. Hence, we are having a referendum because there was a ‘no’ result.
    This in itself pushes the actual issue somewhere to the background and leaves you questioning the relevance of the constitution? (someone else can answer that one!).

    Further than that the government supported a yes vote last time without the new legal agreements – that raises questions about whether their judgement is sound.

    I would consider myself middle of the road, and I need to see a couple of things before being convinced to vote ‘yes’:

    a. Unquestionable evidence that the legal agreements behind the treaty rerun are absolutely solid.

    b. A clear statement from the government acknowledging it was the government that got it wrong last time (in failing to inform and communicate). Blaming Libertas is to be honest quite arrogant and does little to restore confidence.

    There are also broader political issues at play. The country is crying out for passionate leadership and that is’nt visible. Whilst FG may not actually want to be in power at this time the people might consider the treaty a way of forcing the issue. In most peoples minds they know cuts to services and salaries are ultimately required, but the taste might be less bitter if it’s a different government applying the pain than the one that was in power when we walked into the hole!
    (Personally a FG leadership doesn’t actually seem appealing).

    I guess i’m saying don’t be complacent, don’t assume that just advising to vote yes is enough – convince me with solid clear information.

    1. Mike, to take what you said at the basic level, I am not saying if we turn up at the doorsteps we will win. We need to convince people in plain language on the doorstep. As you say give them “solid clear information”. Then we have a chance of getting this thing passed. If we dont do that, we are at a disadvantage.

      I would disagree on the FG thing though, they do want to be in power.

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