Monthly Archives: January 2015
(Thanks to Elias Hallaj at Campaigns Down Under http://campaignsdownunder.org/)
Here’s a downloadable basic primer on crisis management, for you – Happy New-ish Year!
In 2011 Mike Smith gave a presentation on political crisis management to The Art of Political Campaigning Conference* organised by Campaigns & Elections Magazine in Washington DC.
The presentation has been tidied it up and reformatted, and it now might be useful as a very basic crisis management tutorial, with obvious US, and election, taints!
It includes a number of crisis management failure case studies, some of which make depressing reading.
You can download it here – if you use it anywhere, please attribute!
* This is an annual conference – Mike presents most years, on such topics as crisis management, campaign organisation, strategy development, etc.
Calling the Queensland election only days after another credible poll showing the Liberal National Party and Australian Labor Party level pegging at 50/50 is tactically very smart, but not for the reasons proposed by some analysts.
It’s suggest here that Campbell Newman has called the election now because he doesn’t want to risk things getting worse, but there’s a much stronger reason than that.
The LNP know that much of the swing back to Labor since 2012 is not a vote of confidence in Labor, but a protest vote against the Newman Government. They also know that a sizable proportion of those protesters don’t yet have enough confidence in Labor to return an ALP Government.
So, the LNP are going to spend the next 26 days telling Queenslanders that they mustn’t lodge a protest vote because they risk accidentally installing a Labor Government.
Last weekend’s poll is exactly what the LNP needed to credibly sell that critical message, reinforcing this earlier poll.
Queenslanders should get ready to drown in ads that say “A few votes in a few seats will see Labor in Government again – this poll proves it – don’t take the risk”.