Tories buy YouTube home page
Plus: The Reg voter's guide
The Tories are making an election-day buy on YouTube's home page in a bid to get their message in front of "millions of voters."
As announced by a Tweet from BBC tech and econ man Rory Cellan-Jones - nom de tweet: ruskin147 - the Tories have bought the main ad on YouTube for election day. The ad - a video of a David Cameron speech - had appeared on UK browsers by midnight London time.
Cellan-Jones claims the Tory ad will reach ten times as many prospective voters as the LibDem's full-page Times ad, but cost less.
For its part, Labour has been busy touting its "I'm Voting Labour" word-of-mouth app in the waning hours of what has been the most digitized election campaign in memory.
And so in the spirit of public service, The Reg offers a polling-day round-up of the three parties' most evident digital offerings, of value to the two or three of our readers who haven't already formed a strong opinion about whom they shall mark on their precious ballots.
Or, for that matter, you may simply want to use our guide to monitor the spin-storm that's certain to whip up once the results begin to trickle in - just keep an eye on each party's Twitter feeds and Facebook walls.
To be scrupulously fair, we list the parties in alphabetical order:
We could have included among Labour's assets the 1,737,460 followers of @downingstreet, but in the current climate incumbency might arguably not be best described as an "asset." ®
Wait, wait, you forgot to say BUT DON'T VOTE LIB DEM BECAUSE THEN WE'LL BE NUKED BY CHINA AND HIT BY METEORITES
Aahh so that's how you split them up
As an American, I thought all your Tea Party types were in the BNP.
Now I see some of your distinctions:
Upper class twits = UKIP
Yobbos = BNP
Always enjoy learning about other cultures.
(yes, a rarity over here I know:)
UKIP? Might as well vote BNP
They are a single policy party too.
Instead of cutting ourselves off from Europe we need to take charge, independence means reduced markets and financial isolation, for an economy that makes very little that's dangerous and makes us more dependent on the US financial markets.
As this is a science and technology site lets discuss their policies in these terms, they support Homeopathy - nuff said?
When asked about stem cell research the best they could do is have a plicy of "not killing very small children", they really haven't given it much thought have they?
"The correct policy approach to the non-problem of 'global warming' is to have the courage to do nothing" DO NOTHING? ignore the fact that there is evidence of humanities impact on the environment? not "investigate" or "verify" or "research" but just "ignore", how about making sure the UK has energy? "enough fossil-fuelled and nuclear power stations to meet demand" well that's OK then, don't worry about fossil fuels and nuclear waste.
While Europe and Imigration are obviously important topics, this party cannot think of anything else;
Paul Wiffen (chair of UKIP London) publically suspended after making racist comments (and then quietly let off).
The difference between people coming in and going out has decreased stedily over the last 5 years, there's less assylum seeker applications now than 10 years ago (and dropping sharply) even so, Boris Johnson wants an amnesty for illegal immigrants, btw EU migrants pay 37% more tax than they receive in welfare, so the UK economy would be worse off if we didn't have them here.
The UKIP may not like the EU and have built their one policy party around that fact, it's not even a very good policy.