Here it is folks! Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the episode! (Runtime is approx 30 minutes).
I hope this is the kind of thing you were expecting! Standard disclaimers apply, I’m not a videographer but tried my best and hope this proves useful!
Thanks again for taking part! All 3 of you (@Josh_Constable@Clare_Fawcett@SimonPayne) are amazing for putting yourselves out there and trying something new. I really enjoyed listening to you all and putting real people to names on a ballot sheet!
I certainly enjoyed watching it, and wish I had this for all the times I had voted previously!
Notes & lessons learned:
Start much earlier! Going from concept to completion in 3 days, 4 days before the election is crazy!
Issue guidance to candidates on how to record and trim videos for best effect, in addition to lighting and camera positioning.
Candidate reply order was kept consistent in order of video received order to be easier for the viewer to digest.
Bhavin and Jack chose not take part so were represented in a fun way to help maintain the flow and clearly highlight there are 5 candidates in this election.
Fantastic! I think you’ve hit on a great concept for local election hustings which is far more accessible than traditional events- hope it’s the first of many! Thanks to the candidates who got involved as well.
Tweeted a link if anyone is over there and wants to spread the word…
A sterling effort from Adam and Eastleigh Online. I know I pushed hard for this at short notice so huge thanks for all the hard work Adam and the team have put in…I think the end result is fantastic!
I really enjoyed taking part and big thanks too to Simon and Josh for doing the same, its so important we as candidates,get our messages out and have the electorate engage with us so they can see who we are, what we stand for and get a of sense of how we really do understand their issues and concerns about our great town!
Simon thanking you actually made me laugh aloud while working on it also because I know I definitely didn’t share which question came from who.
Intriguing on the real-time cross-discussion. People are generally turned off politics really quite quickly - even this video came in at a lenghty-by-todays-standards of just 30 minutes… and getting people to watch will be difficult and could do with some word of mouth love.
I’m curious if a live hustings back and forth would drive more engagement, or only interest people already interested in politics to start with and turn “normal folk” off. This I feel maybe wouldn’t be that useful during an election? The name hustings itself is likely just not understood by most. (I didn’t until fairly recently).
I do like the idea of a real-time hustings, but I think there may be more to be gained by adjusting the formats to make it more interesting than “a boring political debate”… though I do get that you politicians like debates, and debates need to be had.
Have you guys got any ideas of improving the format, or doing better in future?
As much as the biscuits one was an icebreaker, the “who wont rock up” one was a bit… awkward… for want of a better phrase.
So, more relevant, local questions… like for Central we couldve asked about the new Hendys, or the increased desire to charge Kipling Road/Brookwood Rd residents for parking on their street… for Central/North we could ask about the lack of public transport options, especially at night, for South the vandalism of Fleming Park etc. Etc. (Side note I’m Deputy Captain Hindsight, always good to have around after the fact)…As much as GBRail HQ may be fantastic for Eastleigh, it almost certainly would not be in Central. There’s just very little space
Also, next time try set a time limit per question… while I enjoyed @Clare_Fawcett 's detailed answers, it did kinda make it a bit haphazard considering @Josh_Constable and @SimonPayne had shorter answers. Setting a limit is 2 fold, people would be urged to speak for the entire limit, or would prioritise what they’d say within that limit
Lastly (and yes, I do mean lastly)… next time we plan this, we must make each section more "easier to get to "… i.e. if I’m short of time and want to know how our Candidates are different from the rank and file at Westminster or Eastleigh Borough Council, and you hit me with biscuits, I’m not going to spend the time going through the whole video
Some YT commenters do this with timestamps in the comments, other uploaders somehow manage to be able to divide the video playback bar into sections (hopefully you’ll know what I mean).
For a rushed effort, this was absolutely brilliant. None of my stuff couldve been achieved with a rushed effort tbh
all good feedback and I agree re biscuits and the “who won’t rock up” question. I never shy away from answering awkward questions but it just felt a bit leading and negative, the kind of question that doesn’t add anything to the debate or give the electorate any input on their issues… that’s just my take.
There was a time-limit set of 60 seconds per answer so I tried to use the time to maximum effect to add detail and cite live issues, like the time the energy centre is open (or not open, more to the point)… if I get a chance to talk, I will lol, always been the same
Great suggestions re how to do next time… I’ll have a think and get back with anything I feel might be useful.
Phew, 2 out of 14 ain’t bad . I don’t think there are any perfect questions.
Biscuits - I actually liked this. You see people answering more humanly to a simple day to day question, rather than hard core serious questions, and its a bit of “fun” to try to soften a very dry topic to most.
Who won’t rock up - Although it appears a negative question, I think seeing how people respond to negative questions can give you a good indication as to how people would be in the role. I think everyone can learn something from this! I think everyone turned the negative into a positive, which was great.
“more relevant local questions” - the opportunity was there, no one asked. Someone should definitely ask them next time!
There was a time limit of 60 seconds, but I think perhaps the limit should be reduced to 30 seconds next time, with an option to “boost” on maybe 3 questions that mean a lot to you to say something on.
Does the work done by @jtonline, and the link below help resolve your issue with quickly finding answers to questions @DazzaRPD ?
The biscuits section was very short. By the time you got to biscuits, the viewer would have already seen their intro’s and I think most people would drop pre-intro (“politics, eugh”), or after biscuits when they had enough “boring questions”… though welcome suggestions how to better onboard at the beginning?
I think the first video landing page as the sharing thumbnail would improve things too.
They weren’t expecting a hustings for a local by-election so I didn’t think they’d manage to update Who Can I Vote For? In time for polling day, but it’s linked under Election Events! Pretty sure most searches on WCIVF are on election day so hopefully at least a few people find it! Awesome work @afdy!
There would be a lot to do to arrange similar for the next election as it’s an election across 14 wards. 14 wards x maybe 5 candidates = ~70 candidates! Ouch!
My thoughts are even though it’s hard it could be worth attempting. We’ve got to try restore faith in local politics, right? My thoughts are two-prong:
Following lessons learned, we could pick up some tech-savvy volunteers to help with video processing and attempt ALL. (If candidates are up for it). We should use lessons learned to improve of course.
In lieu of the above, would be to setup a portal to drum up support in advance. Ask people to vote if they would like to see this online hustings in their ward. The portal should collect only postcode + email (to match against ward). Potential future candidates can then help drum up early support for the concept, and we have contact details to communicate the final result (rather than relying on social media algorithms!). We then target the top few. If we manage by some miracle to do all as per point 1), then brilliant, we still have a contact list to let potential voters know and candidates have an immediate audience.
In my mind the #2 approach above could actually work out better than #1 as it starts to build the future audience, and I can see how it could really start to improve local political engagement.