General Election 2010: BNET UK's Blog Roundup

The General Election's nearly upon us, but if you've still not decided which way to vote, perhaps BNET UK can help inform you. Here's a round-up of our bloggers' views on all things election:

The battle was already being fought before Gordon Brown officially announced the election date, as the Tories and Labour were arguing over a possible National Insurance rise at the start of April.

Big businesses weighed in, but Richard Northedge warned any executives doing so that their actions had the potential to alienate customers and investors.

Jo Owen showed how management could hone their bullshit detector just after the campaiging kicked off, noting that certain pledges to invest or save money were tantamount to "rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic".

Jo also ran Brown, Cameron and Clegg through a leadership test -- nobody fared very well.

He also pointed out four ways in which business people would fail in politics and even questioned the point of government to begin with.

Just in case Clegg, Cameron or Brown were reading, though, he did offer some insight into how politicans (or managers) could rebuild trust.

BNET UK editor Joanna Higgins and deputy editor Julian Goldsmith compared the Conservative and Labour manifestos to ready meals, while Julian looked at Gordon Brown's tactic of apologising during the campaign, a trend the nation would see in full force a couple of weeks later with Brown's apology for calling Gillian Duffy a bigot.

Joanna also consulted an expert on body language ahead of the leaders' televised debates, while Jo Owen pitched in with some advice on what managers could learn from party leaders about dressing, acting and sounding the part.

Tessa Hood applied some colour analysis to the political parties, and considered the psychological imapct of red, yellow and blue.

As polling day got closer, Alison Coleman asked four business leaders what policies mattered to them most, while Jo Jo asked whether the CFO (or Chancellor) should ever become the CEO.

The campaign has also offered some useful 'don'ts' to readers -- how not to budget, and how not to manage (hint from Simon Caulkin: big, flashy and wasteful leadership won't make a dent in the deficit.)

Likewise, Stuart Cross noted that all the parties are guilty of two cardinal sins of management, which will make it impossible for any of them to usher in any mandates for real change.

That's about it from us, but what about you? If you've got anything to say about the 2010 election, now is your last chance before the polls open tomorrow morning.

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