We seem to do everything on Facebook now. From keeping up with friends and watching viral videos to following the news and organising parties, the social media giant is where we live our lives online. And in between the pictures of our friend's dog and a news article, like everywhere else on the internet, there's adverts. Normally one of the more annoying sides of the internet, these ads are usually flogging some product or service that sometimes we might actually want. But alongside the innocuous adverts sits a new political battleground full of personal, relentless, targeted, and well-funded posts. And the scary thing is you probably wouldn't even recognise it's happening. As you're scrolling through Facebook, flicking between friends' pictures and news stories, targeted adverts paid for by political parties will pop up. Although this isn't anything new how it all works and the staggering level of detail and information third-parties have on every single one us has now … [Read more...] about The personal Facebook propaganda political parties are using
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When Boris Johnson became prime minister last month, it wasn’t ordinary voters who elected him, but 160,000 Conservative party members. Paid-up Tories were given the task of picking the next PM via a postal vote. Ironically, members as young as 15 were able to cast their vote, despite the Conservatives long resisting calls to lower the voting age for general elections from 18 to 16. However, as the BBC points out, the Conservative party membership is hardly representative of the UK as a whole. Four in ten earn more than £30,000 per year, 97% are white, and the average age of a party member is 57. In short, Tory party members skew wealthier, older and whiter than the average Brit.YouGov. Joining a political party is generally quick and easy - although you may have to have your membership application approved before you can start enjoying your party perks. Liberal Democrats There is no minimum age to join the party. The party website says membership is open "to all persons … [Read more...] about How to join a political party
ANKARA Representatives from Turkey’s political parties on Aug. 12 exchanged traditional Eid al-Adha visits on the second day of the holiday. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have paid each other visits for the holiday season. At the AKP headquarters, deputy chair Jülide Sarıeroğlu, Ankara deputies Ali İhsan Arslan and Zeynep Yıldız, along with members from the party’s youth and women’s branches, welcomed representatives of the political parties. Sarıeroğlu urged citizens traveling to always fasten their seatbelts and abide by speed limits. A delegation from the CHP, headed by deputy chair Bülent Kuşoğlu, paid a visit to the AKP headquarters. Kuşoğlu conveyed his best holiday wishes for Turkey and expressed the CHP delegation’s contentedness with the AKP delegation’s hospitality. “We … [Read more...] about Turkey’s political parties exchange Eid al-Adha greetings
Political parties declare 160,000 euro in donations BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Political parties in Ireland received donations of 159,819 euro last year. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/political-parties-declare-160000-euro-in-donations-38363486.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/article38363484.ece/29b8b/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_fd052dfe-6a9e-4cc8-9114-5545aebde0d3_1 Email Political parties in Ireland received donations of 159,819 euro last year. In its annual report, the Standards in Public Office Commission said there were 19 political parties registered during 2018 to contest Dail or European elections. Each of the parties were required to complete a donation statement to the Commission by the end of March this year, disclosing donations exceeding 1,500 euro in value received during 2018. As of the March 31 deadline, 15 political parties had complied fully with the statutory requirements. The remaining four statements … [Read more...] about Political parties declare 160,000 euro in donations
TWENTY-FIVE candidates are running for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Twenty of them will take the stage in next week’s televised primary debates. So large a slate could fill two football teams, provide five sets of starters in the NBA or be the primary cast for a Broadway musical. Though fields of this size are atypical compared with primaries in the 20th century, they are becoming the new normal (see chart). In 2016 the Republican field that included Donald Trump contained 16 other candidates. Party bosses recognise that having so many choices overwhelms voters and encourages candidates to take extreme positions. But doing something about it will require them to act in a way that to many seems undemocratic. The parties’ current nomination rules allow almost anyone who wishes to run for president to do so. To try to minimise the chaos this invites, the Democratic National Committee set minimum thresholds in terms of polling numbers and fundraising that had to be … [Read more...] about Should political parties really let anyone run for president?