Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Paskini's laws of elections (part 1 and 2)

Reading this vastly entertaining whinge by a Green Party candidate in the European elections reminded me that many people are not aware of Paskini's laws of elections:

1. If you want to win an election, you have to be prepared to work harder and do more disagreeable things than your opposition. "Disagreeable things" for this purpose includes spending time doing things like delivering leaflets, knocking on people's doors, phoning them up etc etc, but also includes concentrating on telling people about what they are interested in (even if you find it tedious), not what you personally are interested in. And it means working together with people who are on the same side as you, even if you don't like them or find them annoying.

Whichever party has more people who follow rule 1 will win an election. If, however, despite your best efforts you do happen to lose, then rule 2 comes into play.

2. If you lose an election, you should not spend your time whinging about the people who beat you, no matter how disgraceful their behaviour or how repulsive they are. Instead, you should figure out what you did wrong and put it right for next time so that you are able to beat them next time.


At 11:54 pm , Blogger pregethwr said...

Agree with you entirely Dan, refusal to take responsibility for election results are the root of most political sins.

'Of course, there is nothing wrong with one Party trying to stop another Party from winning; to some extent, one might even say that that is what Parties are for'.

And then he spends 1500 words complaining about just that.

At 10:09 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very similiar to, but also a much nicer version of, LBJ's laws of elections - cf. his senate runs in the forties.


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