At the next election, Vote for Policies wants to help 5 million people choose which party to vote for, based purely on policies.
by Matt Chocqueel-Mangan in London
Hi all - thanks for the comments and support. Some great ideas here: Sorry for my misunderstanding on your point Kate (and thanks to Alexander for putting me right). I do think that\'s an excellent idea, and we do need to make it as easy as possible to wade through the survey! Thanks. Dom-giles: understand, the plan is to load the right parties based on your postcode, so you\'ll only see SNP, etc if relevant. Lauren: sounds like the Green Party website can help, but I\'ll reply to your email too as happy to help if I can. drsloth: good suggestions, thank you. I especially agree about the political parties offering their support - makes sense. Thanks again all - great to be part of such a strong community - will keep you posted and you\'ll hear from me with news of your rewards!
I second kitkatkate\'s suggestion on the 25th August, which is more clearly explained by alexander.atkins on the 26th August. It would be a great improvement to ease of use. Have you thought about contacting University Political/Debate societies for volunteers/funding? Equally, if not more so, if you can appeal to the political parties themselves for support, isn\'t it in their interest to demonstrate that, if they support you, they are reinforcing their confidence in their own policies and have nothing to hide?
I wanted to set up a similar campaign so that the green party could raise the funds to stand MPs all over the country, due to the fact a £500 per candidate deposit is required - something the party can not afford to fund across all constituencies and the members struggle to raise the funds on their own, but sadly Tom Beckett (the fundraising manager for the party( doesn\'t support the idea. Quite sad really :(
vipul.patel: At a guess, it sounds like you\'ve got a browser extension that\'s messing with your cookies. Try a different browser, allowing more cookies, reducing privacy controls, running your browser without extensions or just a different computer. Especially if you have an extension for increased privacy such as DoNotTrackMe. Also, if you\'re trying to open the pledge link in a new tab or window, don\'t do that – open it in the same window/tab. If you don\'t know what I\'m talking about, ask the person who installed your web browser or who administers your computer. If that\'s you, then my guess is probably wrong and this isn\'t the problem. Whatever you do, don\'t break your computer while trying to follow my advice.
mattcm: kitkatkate\'s not asking to hide a whole party before beginning the survey. What\'s being asked is if you can hide an individual manifesto pledge, after reading it, while trying to make up your mind about a single policy question. So you\'re viewing all the manifesto paragraphs about health and the NHS, for example, and there are eight of them. Straight away you can see that you don\'t agree with five, so you hide those, and now you only have three to choose from. On the next page, about crime, say, you will see another eight policies, and of course you won\'t know which ones correspond to the five that you hid from the last page.
In light of Kate\'s comment can I suggest something. I agree that it\'s important to include Scottish, Welsh and N. Irish parties but surely only if you live in those regions? I teach A Level Politics in England and although we mention these parties, no one living in Warwickshire can vote for them, so isn\'t it over complicating things? I\'m sure research shows that if you give people too much information they won\'t engage with the website. My suggestion is that when you input your postcode you get options from the parties which are standing in your area? So, for me, I won\'t have options for the SNP etc. after all, the main point of \'Vote for Policies\' is to help people decide who to vote for. If I opt for SNP policies but can\'t vote for them, that might be interesting but runs the risk of putting people off as they have too many options. ( Or perhaps you could give users the option of including \' all parties\' or just the parties standing in their area?) Incidentally, I use the website to help me teach AS Politics and General Studies. Thanks a million, and this is why I\'m happy to contribute financially.
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all at VFP on reaching the £20,000 target. It shows that there is a lot of people out there who take their Politics seriously. We found Vote For Policies helpful and informative at the last General Election and will look forward too using it again next year. We also look forward to seeing the other ideas and plans you have being put into place on the website.
Hi all - thanks for your comments: Kate: we can\'t give people the option of de-selecting parties before taking the survey as that introduces bias. But that does mean we have to limit the number of parties as I agree we don\'t want it to be too arduous to take the survey. Henry: many thanks for the ideas - all look worth a shot to me! Owen: most definitely \'yes\' - that\'s our next area of development after the election. Vipul: sorry you had complications with the site - looks all sorted now though (excuse slow reply here!).
Well Matt nothing really comes to mind outside universities (I\'m an A-Level student so yeah). What about the Co-operative group, CBI, Wellcome Trust, History and Policy organization and other similar organizations that could use a bit more political engagement in the UK? Sorry I\'m not much help.
Hi Henry - thanks for the comment. Have tried a few funders without success yet but have a few more for after the crowdfunding campaign. Do you have any specific organisations in mind? Thanks, Matt
Great going - doubled since we covered it a couple of weeks ago: http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2014/07/18/vote-for-policies-crowdfunding-campaign-tops-3000/. Another update from us due soon!
We\'ve hit £1,000 already! Many thanks to all you wonderful supporters who jumped on board so quickly. And thanks for spreading the word on Twitter and Facebook - very lucky to have such a great community supporting Vote for Policies. Keep up the good work and thanks again. Matt
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