Elections in Britain are won from the centre. But they are also won by driving your opponents to the extremes. Take private-sector provision of public services. Only a few years ago, this was relatively uncontroversial. Now, its supporters are accused of endorsing the wholesale swindling of the British people. It’s true that the sector hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory.
A hundred years ago, a man was born who never held a great office of state. Whose enemies dismissed him as “a mixture of Rasputin, Hamlet and Tommy Cooper”, and whose allies called him “nutty as a fruitcake”. Who, when asked by an interviewer if he was proud of his record as education secretary, answered simply: “No”. Yet that man, Keith Joseph, has a claim to be the most influential Conservative thinker of the past century: a figure whose thinking reshaped Britain, and is reshaping it still.
Robert Colvile is the Director of the Centre for Policy Studies. A few years ago, the intercom went late at night. It was a local Tory activist, who wanted to check how I was voting. “Let me put it this way,” I said, “I’m a senior leader writer for the Daily Telegraph.”I’ve long been part of the Tory tribe. I grew up in a part of the country where (as Jeffrey Archer once put it) they didn’t so much count the Tory vote as weigh it.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".