One thing about this campaign that is fascinating for anoraks like me is the way that Labour and the Tories are apeing the Obama campaign's methods and tools in a way that we have never seen before over here. We have of course televised debates for the first time on a national level but at the local level here in the Bush both Andy Slaughter and Shaun Bailey are using blogs, YouTube and online ads in a way I don't think they would have done before.
I've tried to make my own modest contribution by using video where I can, as well as covering meetings and interviews - with Slaughter here, Bailey here and Emerson here. It's all good for bringing what can be quite tedious campaigns to life for local people, so well done to the candidates for using these new methods.
With the Standard reporting yesterday on the way our constituency is a 'front line' in the general election both parties are throwing a lot of resources and big hitters at it.
And here we have the latest innovation - Shaun Bailey is recording weekly campaign diaries for all our benefit. For very little cost (a camcorder and an internet connection) he's able to reach 149 people in 3 days at the time of writing. But what's this? Comments are disabled on the video, so presumably he doesnt want any pesky voters letting him know what they think of what he's had to say!! That most definately wasn't Obama-like, but well done for trying..