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Tomorrow night, Chris Hogg

Eddie Mair | 10:25 UK time, Wednesday, 11 July 2007

our man in Tokyo (you remember the Harry Potter pics) will bring us a piece "about the use of the internet in elections..... this is nothing whatsoever to do with it, but it's a YouTube clip of a party political broadcast by a candidate in the recent elections for Tokyo Governor.

Needless to say he lost."


  1. At 10:48 AM on 11 Jul 2007, Anne P. wrote:

    Not sure if I find him scary, or just think the Japanese system admirable for letting him have his say. Can't see it happening here!

    And did you notice that the Japanese use the English for 'scrap', 'poster' and 'system' ?

    Anarchists unite! - no chance.

  2. At 10:49 AM on 11 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:


    Thanks for that. Brilliant video! Shame he lost. One of the most sensible campaign speeches I've ever seen.

    Yours Aye,

  3. At 10:54 AM on 11 Jul 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Well, Eddie, there are a few pointers there for when you next stand for the BBC Director Generalship. I like the bit about destroying the country because the reforms won't work. Is that directly translatable to the Land of BBC?

    Probably not. But, then again, I couldn't see you 'freaking out' either.

    Has the BBC got shares in You Tube, btw?

  4. At 11:04 AM on 11 Jul 2007, Billy Binks wrote:

    ...he later stood in Bethnal Green and Bow. And won...!!

  5. At 11:13 AM on 11 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Anne P,

    Their language is almost indecipherable to the novice, and while watching TV, every so often an English word like "kodakinstamaticcamera" occurs....

    I also noticed system and scrap (I wondered if it was an added 's').


  6. At 06:12 PM on 11 Jul 2007, Gossipmistress wrote:

    Ah but what colour shirt will Chris be wearing this time? BBC light blue, pink or other?

  7. At 06:20 PM on 11 Jul 2007, tony ferney wrote:

    I particularly liked the martial Mussolini-like chin movement at the very end.

    Not someone one can wish a bad hair day though.

  8. At 09:04 PM on 11 Jul 2007, Kevin wrote:

    Wow, what a character! A combination of Victor Meldrew and Nosferatu.
    Just as well he isn't standing here, or people WOULD vote for him just out of morbid curiosity.

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