To mark the 2013 budget George Osborne joined Twitter, with his first tweet being a picture of himself at his desk with his red box. What gem will he offer up this year? A picture of his cat? Another burger? Or perhaps something entirely new?
As Osborne speaks on Wednesday, around him MPs in the Chamber will be tweeting their instant reaction to what he is saying. Journalists will be picking out key announcements and offering immediate analysis before the Chancellor has even sat down.
Or perhaps before he’s even stood up… (remember this?)
In Chamber for the Budget but just heard its all in the Evening Standard so what's the point of speech? Osborne should just read paper out.—
Jim Murphy (@jimmurphymp) March 20, 2013
This is for good reason too: for many observers, social media represents the only medium through which they will receive updates on the Budget Statement – making it vital for MPs and commentators to spread their messages, viewpoints and campaign slogans as the battleground for the 2015 election heats up.
It is now impossible to ignore what is being said on social media if you want to stay on top of the latest events. For many journalists and politicians Twitter is now the place they choose to break news, before they’ve published it anywhere else.
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