Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Howlett gets on with the day job.

With the CF election only a few weeks away, Ben has been getting on with the day job and showing signs of maturity as he has suffered a barrage of attacks on tBg comments over the weekend.

On Saturday he was in Richmond helping with Zac Goldsmith MP's thank you letter deliveries, holding drinks in Brighton in the evening and then on Sunday helping Norwich with their unitary by-election campaigns.

While his opposition are still working out what their policies are, Ben is two months ahead of the game and is now promoting his manifesto pledges across the country while getting on with the day job of supporting events and campaigns.

Ben said: "I stood for National CF Chairman not for the pomp and ceremony, but to get on with the day job and encourage others to get more involved. I have been asked a few times, what is the point of CF outside of election time? This weekend answered that question with a flurry of activity across the country. Norwich have their unitary authority by-election campaigns coming up, and Richmond wanted to get deliveries under way. We also have the Hackney by-election, the Tower Hamlet's mayoral elections and the Exeter unitary by-elections coming up soon. CF has proven that it can be, and will remain, a helpful, strong and proactive force to support campaigns across the country.

Norwich and Richmond are great examples of how CF can mobilise its troops and get things done. I really liked the set up of the events they ran, with a few hours of campaigning followed by a fun group lunch in the pub or dinner in the city later on to catch up on the day. This is the successful format that I want to continue and use for the Super Saturday programme."

This weekend Ben will be in the North West meeting CF members.


Anonymous said...

I asked Ben this question on his website but he has failed to reply, so I thought I would post it here.

What exactly does Ben mean with getting on with the 'day job'? I didn't realise that going out campaigning every weekend was his day job?

Does Ben not agree that the whole problem with CF is people like him who make politics their life, and who eat, sleep and breath politics?? Yes, of course we want people to be active and involved, but not every weekend. That's frankly sad. We all know that CF is full of people who have no social skills, who have probably never had a girlfriend (or boyfriend)and may 'talk' about being 'right-wing' on benefits and tax, but would not say the same thing if they came in front of audience of people living in poverty on a council estate.

If Ben really wants CF to change he needs to encourage people not to make CF their life, but to find campaigns which matter to young people and get them involved with that.

Alexandra said...

What a ridiculous comment.

By 'getting on with the day job' Ben clearly means cracking on with campaigning - exactly what the youth movement of any party should be doing.

Obviously Ben is not trying to replace people's social lives with campaigning but it is great to see a Chairman candidate out with grass roots support doing some real work (he has a real day job, this was Saturday)

Has anyone seen either of the other candidates out campaigning recently (ever)?


Vote Howlett for CF and stop this insane bitching against a reliable, dedicated and all-round fantastic candidate.

Ben Howlett said...

Thanks anon, anyone is free to email me with thoughts to ben@benhowlett.com, I will email you back

Anonymous said...

@Alexandra - you are clearly one of those people. I'm not trying to be rude, I'm trying to be honest.

I'm afraid it leads on from Ben's policy about setting up committees to formulate policies on areas such as international development. This is not CF's role!! This just lets people play at being politicians when in reality they should be getting on and doing more normal things, but supporting the Party when necessary (i.e. elections).

Please, less playing at politics. Enjoy your youth!

Anonymous said...

I e-mailed you and you never replied. Your Campaign manager told me I would never get a role in CF unless I support you.

How does your "bottom up" approach work? As you Manifesto is entirely "Top down" forced Campaign days etc etc? Also why do you regard the new Constitution as more democratic, when in fact we have less elected roles than before?

Do you actually know what your doing and if so, why do you never do anything to demonstrate competence?

Anonymous said...

Why do you always make things up?

Anonymous said...

Alexandra is typical of the Howlett camp, if you don't agree with them they respond by hurling insults, accusing you of being being various things and then they smear smear smear. The truth is with these guys and girls they get it wrong an awful lot and then they respond by attacking the voice of reason.

Not fit to lead, the Howlett CF would be a very unhappy CF.

Anonymous said...

Is this an admission or what we all already know? That Howlett is unemployed?

Anonymous said...

2 Richmond CF members and Ben's campaign team. Very surprised Nic Clarke is stupid enough to be on Team Howlett.

Alexandra said...

I am not sure what 'sort of person' you presume me to be but if you would like to meet perhaps you could gain an actual impression?

Furthermore, I have not attacked anyone. I also put my name to my comments. Shall we have a look at the multitude of anti-Ben comments by anonymous posters who sling disgusting insults and claim Ben cannot be trusted? This campaign is dirtier than the last election and I am thankful to know that none of this is coming from my side. Ben, Kit and myself (Ben's "team") have not once put out any 'smears' or made nasty comments about other candidates (aside their appalling grammar) - the same cannot be said for Simon's campaign. I like Craig, I like his campaign team - if only the two horse race that it truly is was reflected on the ballot papers and this nastiness could go away.

Alexandra said...

Nic Clarke is on our team, because he works hard and want's the best for CF. Just like the rest of us. He has been on board since day one.

Ben Howlett said...

@anon 5.53 can you tell me when you emailed me and from what email address/your name, I will then search for your email? Perhaps you could even send the email to tbg? I'm sure everyone who reads this site would like to see it.

Good to discuss policy, few campaign days have happened over recent months. I cannot set up 11 regional campaign days a month alone, sensibly that is why I am empowering regions and branches to do that themselves. In a top down world I would be organising alone 132 campaign events a year. To ensure my vision of a 'bottom up' approach to CF is delivered, Members get to pitch to their Regional Chairman to have a campaign day in their local area - bottom up not top down. As Chairman I will be there as a check to that process and to ensure that activity is happening.

If you would like to read more on my campaigning policy, please read:


I hope that helps. Anyone is more than welcome to ask me questions about any of my policies, feel free to get in touch ben@benhowlett.com

Alexandra Swann said...

That post was not me - my grammar is better. Nick is not on our team but he is a friend - WANTS not WANT'S - whoever is writing this perhaps they should buy a bloody dictionary, have a few english classes etc....

Nicolas Clark said...

Thanks for bringing me in to this guys!

I was invited down to Richmond as an independent member of CF to help campaign.

Neither I, nor for that matter Oli Cooper (also in the photograph), are part of the Howlett campaign team.

I will not be supporting any other candidate, joining a slate or issuing an endorsement. I have met with all three current National Chairman candidates to represent my ideas and I am happy to be photographed with any of them.

If I announce my candidacy for London CF Chairman my agenda will be solely that of London CFers and no one else.

So let's try again! 3 members of Richmond, 2 independent CFers and 2 members of Team Howlett.

Anonymous said...

You should tell that to Ben and co. Alexandra Swann smearing again and again.

Pappa Bear said...

Grow up the lot of you!

Anonymous said...

Yes Howlett and Swann both showing they have the maturity of a 7 year old.

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Anonymous said...

So if your not part of his team / on the slate. Which is conceivable, then why are numerous pictures of you with Howlett posted in his campaign photo's? Umm, Secret slate time?

Anonymous said...

So who is lying this time? My money is on Benny Howler.

Richard Shaw said...

What I find fascinating is that the only people who defend Ben are Ben and his running mate. Is he really that unpopular?

Anonymous said...

Yes of course he is, have you not met the guy?

Anonymous said...

I see from the picture Alexandra Swann is still getting her tits out for some special tory fun.

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