Cynthia Nixon & political party disruption

I should preface my comments on the New York Governor Democrat primary campaign by acknowledging that the latest polling has Cuomo ahead of Nixon.  However, there is a momentum shift toward her. The Nixon campaign bears the traits that I have previously identified as important in successful insurgent political campaigns. While I’m still working on […]

Political candidates in Sri Lanka, #GE2017 aftermath

This is a typical example of the worthy but flawed thinking that so many people have about politics in Sri Lanka: Do we at least now not need to think beyond blind allegiance to a colour of a political party but select good, honest men and women with integrity to exercise our sovereign legislative, executive […]

UK General Election – analysis of content #GE2017

A few observations to date: You’re a flip-flopper! No, you are!! the Lib Dems and Tories are using very similar graphics to draw attention to flip-flops by each other’s party leader. While this style of an image can be a useful tool, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the onset of a degree of audience […]

Fake News & Imagined Realities

Having been away for a week, a fortuitous selection of holiday reading lead me to some insights on the fake news phenomenon and its impact on the recent US election.  Let me list these out, before exploring them in more detail: A unique quality of humans is our ability to create imagined realities. Many things […]

Trump Lessons Part 3: Voters & Prospect Theory

NB: This post was first published in another blog and imported into this one. Please forgive any formatting issues. This concept from Behavioral Economics is important in understanding why Trump won. Simply put, prospect theory posits that individuals are risk averse when facing favourable prospects but are more accepting of risks when faced with losses. In the case […]

Trump Lessons Part 1: picking your battles

NB: This post was published in a previous blog and imported into this one. Please forgive any formatting issues. The problem from a political campaigning perspective with the type of handwringing articles we’ve seen about Trump’s sexism and racism is that they focus on the wrong thing. This happens in Sri Lankan politics too. In […]

Strict fathers, Trump and Appachchi

NB: This post was published in a previous blog and imported into this one. please forgive any formatting issues. These were very intriguing articles quoting George Lakoff (one of the great thoughts leaders on political communication) about the influence on voters of moral frameworks and perceptions of parenting. He describes the two models as “strict […]