In my humble opinion, door to door campaigning is a waste of time. If anyone was ever convinced to decide their vote over their doorstep, I would be amazed. On the contrary, I think that many people are angered and irritated by someone canvassing for their vote on the doorstep, and they would do anything to avoid these calls.
I was watching The Politics Show today and the presenter said that statistics show that a candidate who did not have people campaigning for him door to door did better than when people did knock on doors for him. Hand out leaflets, sure, (and Chris Philp, potential MP for the Tories in Hampstead and Kilburn, your leaflet was fantastic, modern and eye catching, read it and weep Glenda).
It is much more effective to campaign within the community, which I do non-stop, but you have to use wit and charm not to tick people off. Strike when they are vulnerable – when they have to spend a lot of unavoidable time with you, in a cab for example, in shops, in restaurants and cafes, on weekend trips or on a bus journey. You then have them at your mercy and can brainwash them at will. Hospital patients are ideal, they are helpless and too weak to resist. (this last is a joke).
If you are surrounded by Labour supporters and you live in a house with flats, who are violently opposed to you displaying pro-Tory material, this strategy is useful. Send a note round to all your neighbours saying you intend to erect a 20 foot photo of Boris Johnson in your front garden, with many banners, and are asking if they would object. When the other flat owners have ceased to squeak and scream like the Ringwraiths in Lord of the Rings, give in gracefully. Enthuse how you would hate to upset them and lay it on with a trowel. Tell them that you were never ever serious when you said you were going to broadcast his speeches on a loudhailer, (if you have to broadcast the speeches, limit the time to 15 minute bursts.) As a compromise, ask if they will agree that you put up two Tory posters at the front, and a huge poster on a pole on your balcony at the back of the house. They will fall into your power like ripe plums.
Ring up old boyfriends and tell them how you remember them fondly. Right at the end of the conversation, casually check that you can rely on their vote. No matter how badly your party is doing, it is best to leave things at this stage.
If you vote for the Tories, you must conduct yourself with the utmost honour and always be totally ladylike. You can leave any reprehensible behaviour to the other lot.