The Northern Spring rates Will Patterson of The Green Party as the winner of the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election Campaign based on Social Media, Hustings Performances, Manifesto/Vision, Media and Party Politics
#NorthernGreenhouse #EvoManc #Will4GreenMayor #RealDeal #GMElects
On Thursday May 4th 2017 the people of Greater Manchester Elects a new Metro Mayor
The Northern Spring have rated each of “The Big Four” candidates out of 20 on five themes – Social Media, Hustings Performances, Manifesto/Vision, Media and Party Politics
The Northern Spring has followed the Greater Manchester Metro Mayoral Election campaign since the announcements of the “Northern Powerhouse”, “DevoManc” and the associated Metro Mayoral Election
We have joined campaigners from the Greater Manchester Peoples’ Plan with their clipboards on surveys, followed the candidate selection process, we have asked the candidates 80 questions on Twitter (see #GMMayor), watched hustings, read the candidates’ manifestos, campaign literature and posts on social media, and researched the political parties of each candidate
The result is that we rate Will Patterson of the Green Party as the real deal candidate in the #GMMayor Election, with a large 88% rating
The results are:
1. Will Patterson (Green Party) 88%
2. Andy Burnham (Labour Party) 52%
3. Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrats) 28%
4. Sean Anstee (Conservatives) 0%
1. WILL PATTERSON (GREEN PARTY) Rating 88%
Social Media (16/20)
WP has out-performed all the other candidates on social media, answering questions from residents, campaign groups and journalists honestly and genuinely with clear, effective answers
Very professional performances, especially considering that WP only joined the campaign trail in January 2017 in a very difficult situation, also WP has had to put up with a right-wing corporate machine that often only invited the three most “mainstream political party candidates” eg Labour & ConDems, to corporate, expensive ticket hustings events !!
WP understands the urgency of climate action and promotes the “Northern Greenhouse” vision! Balancing the economy and ecology is central to WPs’ manifesto, and the project to create 50,000 Green Jobs in Greater Manchester is an election winner
The Green Party has created a number of thought-provoking films on YouTube, featuring a variety of different real people (Are You Daniel ? Are You Julie Ann ?)
Party Politics (14/20)
The Green Party are now in “The Big Five” UK political parties with a new leadership team and the Green Surge continues
2. ANDY BURNHAM (LABOUR PARTY) Rating 52%
Social Media (3/20)
AB gave no answer to any of the 80 questions that we asked the Mayoral candidates – Twitter should be used to answer questions, not just post pictures of selected campaign photos
Hustings Performances (11/20)
Fairly polished performances, but there were too many corporate, expensive ticketed hustings where just AB, JB & SA were present and no other candidates!
AB talks the talk, but do corporate business and the Labour right have too much influence ?
The slick marketing style of the Labour Party is always apparent, AB is a prototype “New Labour-esque” politician who is either a maturing centre-right politician attempting to get in touch with his Northern socialist roots or a scheming career politician; the choice is yours
Party Politics (8/20)
AB was rejected twice as Labour Party leader, so why should AB be the leader of Greater Manchester when his own political party deemed him unsuitable to be a leader on two occasions ? AB was one of the big players in the now dis-credited/defunct New Labour project and voted for the Iraq War !
3. JANE BROPHY (LIBERAL DEMOCRATS) Rating 28%
Social Media (5/20)
JB has little real social media presence, but occasionally interacts with the general public, campaign groups and journalists
Hustings Performances (5/20)
JB had one big slip in the hustings, during the opening statements JB said “we need to act before climate change becomes a problem (!!)”, this gave away the laissez-faire attitude of the Liberal Democrats
The aim of Greater Manchester being the Greenest City In The World is an honourable aim, and JB seems to understand ecology more than most politicians, however, when an official manifesto says one of JBs’ policies is “Encourage pollution-scrubbing technology, including green wall, green roofs and urban parks” you begin to wonder about competence
JB & the Liberal Democrats do not seem to have produced any of their own films, unlike the tech-savvy Green Party who have put a great deal of thought and work into their campaign films
Party Politics (5/20)
Greater Manchester is a predominantly working class area and the Liberal Democrats are not a party of the working class and do not represent the interests of the working class – could the people of Greater Manchester ever forgive the Lib Dems for being a junior partner in the ConDem government ?
4. SEAN ANSTEE (CONSERVATIVE PARTY) Rating 0%
Social Media (0/20)
SA has given no answer to any of the Northern Springs’ 80 questions on Twitter
Hustings Performances (0/20)
SA is the classic, dull as a rainy day in Grimsby, unimaginative, neo-liberal identikit politician, the face of the Nasty Party in Greater Manchester
The advert for SA in the official Election booklet looks like a BNP election advert!
Anstee has zero credibility and this shows in media appearances
Party Politics (0/20)
The Tories are a joke! “Northern Powerhouse”, Theresa May “election campaign”, etc, etc – we need to get the #ToriesOut asap!