DOORSTEP-BY-DOORSTEP: THE PENARTH RESIDENTS BEING TARGETED BY CANVASSERS

Only a very select few whose names appear on the computer hit-list are receiving a personal visit

We know where you live: Only a very select few whose names appear on the computer hit-list are receiving a personal visit EU referendum canvassers

With the Vote Leave campaign edging ahead in the most recent three opinion polls, a key list of 230 specific Penarth residents was last night being targeted and persuaded to vote “Remain”.

The operation is being undertaken by the “Wales Stronger in Europe”  campaign ( the “cross party” version of  Vote Remain – the ones that use green posters and logos)

Campaign organiser Stewart Odawally normally works for Labour but last night was defending David Cameron on the doorsteps of Penarth

Campaign organiser Stewart Odawally normally works for Labour but last night was defending David Cameron on the doorsteps of Penarth

Out on the streets of Penarth last night a “ Wales Stronger in Europe” team  led by veteran Labour campaign organiser Stewart Odawally,  been selectively canvassing a very precise list of 230 local residents whom their sophisticated computer research has flagged up as well-worth calling-on personally.

For Stewart, who once lived in Penarth and knows these streets well,  working with people who are normally political opponents – and defending David Cameron on the doorsteps –  is a novel experience and something which has taken former party foes on both sides a bit of getting used to.

Leaflets are delivered to each target address - and in Stweart's back pocket there's a roll of green "Better In" posters ,. If householders can be persuaded to put one of those in the window he can mark up another success

Leaflets are delivered to each target address – and in Stewart’s back pocket there’s a roll of green “Better In” posters . If a householder is prepared to put one of those in the window – that is a win.

The key weapon is that data:  a computer-produced roster of specific Penarth residents who  are thought to support “Vote Remain” – but who are only “moderately likely” or even “unlikely” to actually turn out and vote.

A total of 230 people in the St Augustine’s are deemed to fit this profile and they’re the ones whom the doorsteppers were  last night hoping to persuade to turn out and vote on June 23rd.

The 230targets” have no idea they’re in the cross-hairs of the canvassing operation. They’re not necessarily identified as being supporters of any particular political party. The list of their identities and addresses and probable outlook  has been distilled-out and refined using sophisticated computer models.

Job done: Those green "IN" posters Stewart was carrying appear in the front windows of a Penarth street.

Job done: Those green “IN” posters Stewart was carrying in his back pocket appear in the front windows of a Penarth street.

Meanwhile the political campaign Labour In for Britain – is also targeting specific individuals in a similar way – but delivering “different messages” – selected to be better suited to its own refined data-set of persuadable target-individuals.

Within the Vale of Glamorgan polling experts see Penarth as a “fertile area” which they believe has a relatively high ratio of well-educated and public sector professionals ; people whom, it’s believed, are more likely than not to want to stay “in” .

For the Penarth’s pavement-persuaders though, the aim is to ensure that on June 23rd,  all their target individuals actually behave as those computer programs predict they will.

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6 Responses to DOORSTEP-BY-DOORSTEP: THE PENARTH RESIDENTS BEING TARGETED BY CANVASSERS

  1. John64 says:

    Well, they did not contact me (a blessing in disguise?) What should have been a sensible and rationale debate with both the “ins” and the “Outs” making their cases with their considered view of both the pros and cons of their arguments has turned into something quite the opposite.
    The British electorate are being treated with utter contempt by both sides of the argument and, surely, deserve better. I’m left wondering that on 23rd. June when I cast my vote whether I’ll be voting for the best (or worse) liars.
    Second thoughts, perhaps they would contact me. I could then ask some straight questions and may get some straight answers.
    Third thoughts. Forget it – probably the same load of porkies.

    • whatsoccurin says:

      I think you are spot on-Like you I am never contacted by these polling “experts”-everyone is guessing and politicians are just point scoring off each other-my prediction is the “Brexits” will win by a small majority but there is no chance of us leaving the EU as the politicians will then close ranks looking for “constitutional” reasons to keep the status quo-I may be wrong!

  2. Frank Evans says:

    550m people in this so called single market and our hospitals still have recruit from outside the EU. A single market, but you try buying a polish sim card or getting Hungarian firm to quote for car insurance. Single market was set up for the benefit of large companies not your average worker.

  3. Martin Coffee says:

    I teat cold callers with the same contempt no matter whether they call me by telephone or knocking.

    The reason successive governments wont deal with this antisocial behaviour is that they wish to retain their ability to continue their own cold calling.

    PS Has anyone explained what happens if Wales decides to stay in and England leave or vice versa? Please can we divorce England?

    • Peter Church says:

      I think this is a National UK Referendum Mr Coffee!!
      One result. end of.
      Unless you want to take it to extreme granularity and declare independence from your next door neighbours, whom I suppose are called Mr Tea and Mrs Cocoa

  4. Huw says:

    How different the 2 sides are , stay trudge the streets and leave offer a £50,000 bribe.
    I’m sure there’s a Penarth entrant in there somewhere ?

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