January 10, 2006


Tory leader makes podcast news (Toby Helm and George Jones, 10/01/2006, Daily Telegraph)

David Cameron has recorded an exclusive seven-minute broadcast for transmission through The Daily Telegraph's new podcast service.

He is the first party leader to use a podcast - which can be downloaded from a computer to an iPod - to put across his views.

In it, Mr Cameron attacks Tony Blair's much-hyped action plan against anti-social behaviour, to be launched today, as "little more than a bunch of recycled gimmicks".

There's a fair bit of chutzpah required to denounce gimmickry on a podcast.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 10, 2006 7:44 AM

Cameron's apparently going for the techie/geek vote that would be excited just about the idea of a politician doing a podcast and might concern themselves about the content later. But if he starts doing political broadcasts on his party's own Internet-only radio station, then we'll know he's got a bit of a problem.

Posted by: John at January 10, 2006 9:43 AM

What is it about conservatives that makes them ridicule new ideas and technology.

I'll bow to the conservative notion that hyping new technology isn't the same as using it effectively, but why argue against adopting new technology?

Krupp Canon destroyed the French in 1870, and even after such monumental success, the Prussian establishment had to be dragged kicking & screaming to adopt 'high tech.'

No fan of hype, G. K. Chesterton wrote:

"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected."

One can adhere to timeless principles and still use new tools. Pass it on.

Posted by: Bruno at January 10, 2006 1:40 PM