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Renua's guide to canvassing: 'Don’t forget to be a regular person, who acts like a human'

The party has produced a video guide to canvassing and it’s, er, interesting.

Source: Renua Ireland/YouTube

RENUA IRELAND HAS produced a video guide to canvassing as the party continues its preparations to run candidates in every constituency in the country at the next election.

The video is presented by the party’s ethics officer Karl Deeter, who is better known as an analyst with the Irish Mortgage Brokers and Advisors .

Deeter is not a member of Renua, but has drafted its code of conduct.

In the video, Deeter outlines what is expected of a Renua candidate and underlines the importance of being “respectful”, noting that canvassing can be “a stressful time” where “people can be rude, dismissive, they can shut doors in your face”

We are there to engage, not to conquer. Conquest and winning, that comes in the poll booth… this is about spreading the word of the work that you are doing…

karl deeter

He goes through the various scenarios that people may face on the doorsteps, including if a voter says they are prepared to vote for you. You shouldn’t forget to shake their hand, Deeter says.

Don’t forget to be a regular person, who acts like a human…

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Deeter also makes much of avoiding “trash talking” of either another candidate or another party.

This is one of the most important things I will tell you ethically. We are not there to trash talk we are not their to back bite, we are not there to do old politics. That’s not the message you ever want to send out.

And why shouldn’t you do this? Well, “would you put your faith in a person who bitches about another person or back bites about another person?”

The video concludes by urging those who are running for Renua to read the party’s code of ethics aloud and watch the video.

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Hugh O'Connell

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