Too many tweets
I love elections. I love them most of all for the furious exaggerated hyperbole that they engender. When it isn’t Alastair Darling – he who has presided over the largest peacetime budget deficit in British history – frothing at the mouth over Conservative plans to reduce a proposed tax rise and thereby reduce public spending by less than 1%, it’s the Liberal Democrats showing off massive scare posters that say that the Tories might increase VAT – even though they’ve said precisely the same thing themselves.
And now it’s a particularly juicy bit of Twitter-induced idiocy. Some stripling Labour candidate up in Scotland has been posting on Twitter throughout the last few months and, in a break with the accepted PPC tradition of being as anodyne and tedious in 140 characters as most people manage in 140 pages, he has been a bit, um, controversial. For example:
God this fairtrade, organic banana is shit. Can I have a slave-grown, chemically enhanced, genetically modified one please?
DC was right. Too many tweets do make a twat.
So, Labour candidate in ‘bit of a knob’ shocker. And, predictably, everyone from the Tories to the SNP to the Lib Dems are calling for his summary defenestration. In the words of James Forsyth:
If Labour leave this candidate in place, then they’ll be saying that they think talking about wanting a ‘slave-grown’ banana is acceptable.
I hope that was written with an appropriately po-faced expression, though I don’t remember James being especially capable of that sort of thing at school (yes! It’s another old-school tie conspiracy. James Forsyth, Seumas Milne and I secretly control the media). On the plus side, there’s lots more of these manufactured outrages to come. Can’t wait.