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Is political canvassing cold-calling?

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AcornFairy Tue 30-Mar-21 09:34:48

With local elections looming we had our first canvasser on the doorstep yesterday. In spite of our yellow sticker requesting no cold-calling, our uninvited visitor rang the doorbell and waited on the doorstep for a response. As I had seen his approach from a window I knew he was not wearing a mask so I decided not to answer. I probably would have masked up myself and gone to the door had he been wearing one. But then my husband pointed out the “cold-calling” aspect, and said he had no intention of responding either. I guess canvassing is going to be rather different this time round ….

M0nica Tue 30-Mar-21 10:39:21

'cold calling' means someone visiting without appointment with the intention of selling you something - double glazing or whatever.

Someone, like a political canvasser, Jehovah's Witness, or someon knocking on you your door to say the house is on fire ar not cold callers.

grannysyb Tue 30-Mar-21 11:26:42

Ni not cold calling, bu still a PIA!

Redhead56 Tue 30-Mar-21 13:03:52

I put a sign up by our door no canvassers tree surgeons religious groups or charity bags. The only people who ring our house phone are cold callers they go straight to the answer machine.

maddyone Tue 30-Mar-21 13:11:11

I wouldn’t bother to put a mask on to open the door.

eazybee Tue 30-Mar-21 13:11:58

If a political canvasser calls at your house it is your chance to give him your opinions about local and national politics, identify issues important to you and your family and question the aims of that particular party. This information is collected, collated and fed back to the respective parties and may possibly influence future policies.

AcornFairy Tue 30-Mar-21 16:35:27

Thank you for your responses.

Interesting to read your take on this Eazybee. It brought back memories of my days knocking on doors and trying to assess who was telling porkies, really just wanting a lift to the polling station!

I’d rather be safe than sorry maddyone. I’m still supposed to be shielding until Thursday so don’t want to fall at the final fence!

chelseababy Tue 30-Mar-21 17:47:15

We live in a no cold calling zone. We have been told all this means is that callers must leave if asked to do so!

PippaZ Tue 30-Mar-21 21:10:12

M0nica

'cold calling' means someone visiting without appointment with the intention of selling you something - double glazing or whatever.

Someone, like a political canvasser, Jehovah's Witness, or someon knocking on you your door to say the house is on fire ar not cold callers.

I accept the person telling you your house is on fire is just being a good neighbour but the Jehovah's witnesses and political door knockers are definitely cold callers - they are selling their beliefs. You are totally entitled not to want to hear their spiel!

GrannyRose15 Tue 30-Mar-21 21:47:09

This is a difficult one. When canvassing I would always err on the side of thinking I was welcome, inspite of notices about call callers etc. This is because I believe everyone has the right to make an informed decision about who is elected to represent them. If I was asked to leave, of course, I would do so - and everyone has the right to not open the door or put the leaflets in the bin.

maddyone Tue 30-Mar-21 22:49:06

Fair enough AcornFairy. Its just me, I’ve never bothered to mask up to open the door, but in fairness I do step back.

welbeck Wed 31-Mar-21 01:34:46

i don't open the door, even before covid.
i may shout from an upper window, to go away.

M0nica Wed 31-Mar-21 07:26:41

PippaZ I was referring the official definition of cold calling, which is quite clear that it is selling involving money and can be an offence of it breaches the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

lemsip Wed 31-Mar-21 19:14:54

maddyone. I always put a mask on before opening the door to a caller, and keep back. you don't know if the caller would be careful so I protect myself.
cold callers leave swiftly.

GrannyRose15 Wed 31-Mar-21 23:28:19

Guidance for this upcoming election states that all official political canvassers should be wearing masks if they are knocking on your door. They don't need them on if they are only putting leaflets through the letterbox. Whenever they are talking to electors in the street they should put on a mask.

TBsNana Sat 03-Apr-21 10:51:29

My understanding is that political canvassers are not allowed to knock or engage in conversation only post leaflets through doors

Nanny27 Sat 03-Apr-21 11:02:44

I'm not sure how local political candidates could work without calling at houses. I welcome engaging in a debate about local issues.

helgawills Sat 03-Apr-21 11:04:04

I'm with GrannyRose15, having experience of canvassing in previous elections. Not everybody wants a 2 party system, and smaller parties and Independents don't have the money for big campaigns, so the only way to find out, what people really want, ist to talk to them.

Tanjamaltija Sat 03-Apr-21 11:06:57

Do you really want someone who is selectively illiterate, to represent you?

winterwhite Sat 03-Apr-21 11:07:54

So long as the objectors don't later claim that 'no one ever came near me'. 😁
The smaller parties don't have wealthy donors and can't afford much in the way of leaflets, but surely we want to encourage more diverse views and hard-working candidates into local politics so some of the attitudes on here seem a bit odd to me.

polnan Sat 03-Apr-21 11:09:38

I agree with you PippaZ JW and political are "selling"
in any event they are a pain

and easybee, since when have politicians REALLY taken note of what the electorate think?

inishowen Sat 03-Apr-21 11:14:08

We have the sign saying no cold callers. A religious group come to our area about twice a year. They rang our bell and I pointed out the sign. The spokesman said it didn't apply to religious groups! I was not happy.

EllanVannin Sat 03-Apr-21 11:17:48

I too am in a no cold-calling area---leaflets are just put through the letter-box. Years ago Angela Eagle would do her rounds and I remember having a chat and discussion with her as she was a nice person. No doubt if I saw her she'd still stop for a chat even though she's now a Dame, it wouldn't make any difference to her.

Greeneyedgirl Sat 03-Apr-21 11:21:29

Call me a sad person but, I don’t mind callers generally as long as they’re outside and not close to the door. I chat with the religious ones, don’t buy anything from sellers, keep unsolicited charity bags for recycling, and enjoy engaging with political canvassers.

It doesn’t hurt to be kind, not gullible tho.

Juliet27 Sat 03-Apr-21 11:22:00

I put a sign up by our door no canvassers tree surgeons religious groups or charity bags

If only a tree surgeon would knock on my door - they’re so difficult to book!