Friday, 8 August 2008

That Explains the Déjà Vu!

I knew I'd heard that slogan somewhere before... How strange that a bank seemingly has the same message to get across as Nick Clegg!

8 comments:

Jock Coats said...

Even better - there's a whole feature film out today. I'm sure it's better than highlighting the link to the bank that's just made the biggest loss in UK banking ever...:)

jamesshaddock said...

James Graham got there first

http://www.theliberati.net/quaequamblog/2008/08/05/make-it-happen-for-the-laydeez/

Steph Ashley said...

James Graham will always get there first, and do it better. I try not to let that put me off entirely.

I think the conclusion we can draw is that as a stand-alone phrase, despite being quite inclusive at first glance, "make it happen" is fairly malleable in terms of its meaning.

I'm sure nobody imagines that we are in the market for the same outcomes as a big bank, or a fledgling burlesque dancer. But there does remain the question of narrative. Our place as Liberal Democrats in peoples mental political landscape. And I wonder how many people when faced with a picture of Nick Clegg and the words 'Make It Happen' are thinking "WHAT? Make WHAT Happen?" - because you know, average non anorak person isn't going to read the looong document and find out about our exciting ideas about raising pensions and axing council tax and repealing shoddy laws that remove people's freedom.

I just hope that when it comes to manifesto time, we have some nice memorable policy bullet points for people to remember under the bland headline. If we're still going with that document after Bournemouth, of course.

Jennie said...

"James Graham will always get there first, and do it better."

LMAO!!!!

Steph Ashley said...

Jennie: the only time I've ever got to anything before James Graham did, it was the breakfast table when we stayed at the same B&B.

And before I inadvertently start any rumours about how people only read my blog because I'm boffing someone else who does it better, I should point out we were staying in different rooms in the same B&B ;)

Jennie said...

I thought we were all sex-crazed perverts in the lib dems? If conference isn't one giant orgy I'm going to be sorely disappointed...

O:-)

Jock Coats said...

It's *way* better than that! But it always helps if James is there!

rhythmaning said...

...especially a bank that has just lost assets of £6bn and profits of £700m!