Monday, October 21, 2013

Twitter Checked 11,000 Times a Day in Parliament

How often does parliament log on to Twitter? The answer, according to parliamentary authorities, is 2,713,353 times between January and August. That’s over 300,000 a month or 11,000 a day. A total of 15,485,257 connections to Facebook were made during the time period, with 16,629 to Instagram. Good to see everyone is hard at work.

Via @StuartLong01

Herman Van Rompuy Meets UK Twitter Users

It was never going to go well for the EU President Herman Van Rompuy when he decided to do an online Q&A with British Twitter users:

And they were the printable ones…

Monday, October 14, 2013

Too Many Tweets From Our Tax

David Cameron famously quipped that “too many tweets make a tw*t”, but that hasn’t stopped his government from spending over £100,000 of taxpayers’ money on learning how to use Twitter.

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, the Foreign Office are the worst offenders, forking out £92,594 to send officials on social media courses.

Hashtag wtf?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Introducing Happy Hour

Blends, briefings, bulletins, memos and closing prices, the inboxes of Westminster wags are being clogged up with an endless stream of dry takes on the day’s play. So Guido thought he would mix it up with a heady cocktail. Happy Hour will reel off the Six@Six most popular stories of the day (20% more than PoliticsHome’s 5 at 5), giving you a quick way of catching up on today’s gossip. Depending on events, subscribers will be treated to new features such as Picture of the Day and Question Time, where Guido will dissect great matters of state, from clandestine corridor plots to who is bonking whom.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

What to Expect from Labour’s Social Media Stategy

If former Obama digital guru Matthew McGregor’s work for the Australian Labor Party over the summer is anything to go by, Miliband can expect great things from his social media campaigner in the UK. With his Buzzfeed-style blogs listing the six reasons to vote for Kevin Rudd, it is a wonder he managed to lose. Number six is a classic. Those hand actions sum up Rudd’s recent career:

What a surprise that an animated picture did not actually motivate people to vote, dude.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Future of Porn in Cameron’s Britain

Well this is one way to get round the government’s porn ban. The suitably named www.cameronporn.com (Safe For Work – though still weird) lets you watch all the adult videos you want, only without the sex scenes. That means, free from distraction, viewers can fully appreciate the unrivalled acting ability on display. As the website puts it:

“Cameron Porn: free sex videos fully adapted to the UK porn ban. 0% XXX. 100% drama.”

Better get used to it…

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

iPoker Face

If you are one of the most senior US politicians attending a crucial hearing on potential military intervention in Syria, being snapped playing poker on your phone doesn’t look great. Well that’s what happened to John McCain last night:

Suppose the British equivalent would be Tom Harris watching Doctor Who on one of his many taxpayer-funded iPads…

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Peers Confused By Twitter, Call Each Other Usernames in Lords

Reading his collection of Lords Hansards, as Guido spends all of his summer doing, he came across this bizarre exchange from last week. Confused Peers have taken to referring to each other with their Twitter usernames:

Baroness Stowell of Beeston (Conservative)
My Lords… the noble Baroness, Lady Basildon, has given notice that she wishes to debate this order again today, so it may be helpful if I briefly remind the House of the order’s intention.

Baroness Smith of Basildon (Labour)
My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her explanation. I should point out that I am only “Lady Basildon” on Twitter; it is usually Smith, but I am pleased to have the Minister as a follower on Twitter. 

Baroness Stowell of Beeston (Conservative)
My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness, Lady Smith of Basildon. My apologies for using her Twitter moniker in the Chamber; I will avoid doing that again.

There is no escape.

Via @davelee

Friday, August 2, 2013

Tories Hire Obama Campaign Chief

Jim Messina, who ran Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, has been snapped up by the Tories as a strategy adviser to Lynton Crosby. Messina’s approach to “winning the fight of the future”, will be key. Labour will love that…

Via BBC.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

More Flaws Emerge in Government Transparency Website

The Register has followed up Guido’s story yesterday about the government’s less than transparent new transparency website. They have delved a little deeper and found that when they downloaded the raw data of a department selected at random , this is what appeared in Excel:

Useful. Invariably, downloading the data merely gives you the limited information in the colourful boxes above in table form. But only for each sub-category of each department at any one time. So if you wanted a comprehensive spreadsheet of all the data across the whole government, across one department even, you would have to spend hours doing it yourself. In fairness to the Cabinet Office this is a beta version so they do the opportunity to iron out these faults. If they do GIST does have the potential to be a useful tool. And after all, all the best people in tech do go and work for the government…

UPDATE: A co-conspirator points out the maths is dodgy too:


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Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome


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Dan Hodges on Team Miliband:

“‘Poisonous’, was the picture painted by one former senior advisor. ‘Dysfunctional,’ said one shadow cabinet member. ‘A bunch of medieval courtiers, not an office,’ said another. The most positive description I could get was ‘It’s a work in progress. They’re learning. Slowly. But they are learning.’”



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