#TPAChatUpLines

After the Scrapbook lot spotted a section of the TPA/IoD’s report, that deals with the entirely correct assertion that lefties are just jealous of the wealth and sexual prowess of the right, it was only a matter of time before #TPAChatUpLines was trending:

https://twitter.com/#!/christopherward/statuses/204551693445238785

Even the report’s spinners were getting involved:

Harder, Faster, Deeper…

UPDATE: The report’s authors cracked in the end:

Tories Turn on Twitter

Coalition disquiet is growing:

He has a point…

Gove, Gays and God

Gove is used to having his marriage plastered across the pages of the Times and Twitter thanks to his columnist wife, but not his views on gay marriage. The Education Secretary seems to have let the cat out of the bag that Catholic schools will be allowed to oppose gay marriage before an investigation has been completed. Damian Thompson of the Telegraph tweeted, but quickly deleted: “supper w Fr J Large & M Gove last night. Common ground. Gove promised Catholic schls cn oppose gay marriage. Top secret!” A Twitter direct message blunder, but Pink News were watching. Gove is on the side of the angels here, but it’s going to be a bit bumpy…

The Eagle Has Floundered

At Business Questions yesterday afternoon, Angela Eagle said: “following on from the Queens Speech, the IoD said the government was beginning to lose the confidence of UK PLC.” Except the IoD did not say that. At all.

They did use the word “confidence” in terms of economic confidence, which was described as “the real key to growth” – a concept a former Shadow Chief Secretary of the Treasury should probably understand. In fact the IoD argued that the best way to build economic confidence is for the Government to go further, faster on deregulation, tax cuts, pension reform, scrapping quangos etc – hardly Angela Eagle’s position. So where did she get the idea that “the IoD said the government was beginning to lose the confidence of UK PLC”?

Well, the only place that phrase has appeared was on the Twitter account of Steve Hawkes, the Sun Business Editor:

Taking her lines from Twitter is enough of a worry, but from the Sun? Don’t tell Ed…

Labour Lost London the Day they Chose Ken
Why Didn’t Labour Choose Oona?

Months before Labour selected a candidate for Mayor of London, Guido chatted with a senior City Hall Tory politico, asking him who he really preferred to fight; Oona or Ken? Without hesitating he said “Oona so long as Ken stands as an independent again. If not, Ken”. He got his wish…

That was a real fear for Labour. If Ken wasn’t their candidate, he would still be a candidate. The Labour machine could have selected Oona if it really wanted. It didn’t kick into action against his cynically parasitical organisation. Not because Ken outwitted them, it was because they feared a rogue Ken again, be in no doubt that if the Labour establishment and Labour HQ really wanted they could have stopped Ken being their chosen candidate. Implicit blackmail by Ken when Labour was reeling from losing the general election got him the candidacy.

Labour will spin and blame it on a ruthlessly negative Lynton Crosby campaign, and in many ways it was a classic, however it was only workable because Ken has so many negatives to mine. That type of campaign could not have been run against Oona. She is too fresh, too funky London and too centrist. Labour lost London they day they succumbed to Ken’s blackmail.

Police Coming for Mensch Trolls

The Chief Constable of Cumbria Police Stuart Hyde says that they are looking into the “pretty horrendous” and potentially illegal comments about Louise  Mensch made on Twitter.

Given many of them were in people’s own names, it shouldn’t be too tricky to track them down.

Idiots…

More Labour Not Backing Ken

Yesterday’s cack-handed plea by Labour’s campaign supremo Tom Watson for Labour supporters who can’t stand Ken to “hold your nose, vote for Ken” follows on from Labour peers Lord Sugar and Lord Winston expressing anti-Ken sentiments.

Labour have now roped in Oona King, who was once described by Ken as a Blairite “she-devil” to support Ken in a transparently false show of party unity. What Oona really thinks about Ken was revealed before he was selected as the official candidate. She said ‘I don’t think Ken Livingstone is the way to go. He may qualify for Britain’s Got Talent but only on UK Gold’. Not the most ringing endorsement…

Guido was intrigued to hear on the grapevine that Tom Watson’s tame attack-puppies at the left-wing union-sponsored website Political Scrapbook can’t stand Ken Livingstone either. He searched their website for evidence of support for Ken and found none – months of anti-Boris material, not one single article so far that is pro-Ken. Last night Guido challenged them on Twitter to back Ken with a bet. They refused to back Ken…

Labour Too Positive About Economy

On the day the recession returned with GDP coming in at what Gordon Brown would describe as “negative growth” the Labour Party released their first fancy Obama-style infographic on Facebook.

Unfortunately it was what is known in the trade as a ‘SMOG’ – a Social Media Own Goal. The bar chart was all too positive…

Digital Dave Drags in Nick

Seems the PM got grumpy on the plane over to Japan. Talking to hacks about snooping laws, he’s fighting back on the indefensible:

“You’ve got to remember that this was agreed a national security council where sitting round the table

[…]

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Team Ken Send Out Tax Lines to Tweet Script

Labour have often denied they use command and control techniques on Twitter, yet strangely their Shadow Ministers, MPs and activists always end up singing from the same hymn sheet. Guido has long suspected this unity is fake and that lines […]

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Come Back Nasty Ken, All Is Forgiven

Now that Ken has neutered his entire campaign by promising not to say anything negative, ever, he’s stuck with terrible and desperate email stunts. This one is off the cringeworthy scale:

From: Simon Fletcher Chief of Staff
Date: Wed, 4

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Hugh Grant Calls for Twitter to Be Regulated

The Englishman who went up a hill but came down a Chinese Communist:

He was on air on behalf of the Hacked Off campaign who were quick to distance themselves from his absurd comments. A glimpse into a dark mind…[…]

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