Local blogger Glenn Le Santo has interviewed Karl McCartney, Lincoln’s Tory PPC, about why he thinks he should be chosen to represent the city.
McCartney speaks about his background, cuts to the public sector, traffic congestion in Lincoln, law and order, taxes, the EU – and more.
It’s an extensive interview, and at 55 minutes long you’ll have to push yourself to listen to the lot, but it gives you a good idea of what McCartney stands for.
This is a great example of the contribution citizen journalism will have during this general election. This is the first election that social networking and blogging have really been at the fore of reporting and commenting on politics.
Le Santo has hinted on Twitter that Gillian Merron, Lincoln’s Labour PPC and the MP since 1997 until Parliament is dissolved on April 12th, has been less than forthcoming about being interviewed by him. He tweeted:
Going well so far but one PPC remains conspicuous by her [Merron] absence. Lookwell if she loses by the amount of views on Karl’s interview!
He [McCartney] has to fight for every vote. Whereas the lady [Merron] might either be complacent or not understand this new political arena properly.
One slight drawback is that it’s not exactly a challenging interview. Le Santo isn’t offering a Paxman-esque grilling of McCartney. However, sometimes it is nice to hear someone speak uninterrupted on what they think. We can always do the Channel 4 News style factchecking afterwards.