Imagine the pain as he typed out that hashtag…
David “too many tweets make a twat” Cameron has made another bold prediction in an interview with the Spectator:
“The selfie will come, the selfie will go.”
As Guido reported in the Sun last month, the selfie has been a key part of the Cameron premiership:
“So adept are Dave’s selfie skills now that he often takes the phones off those who are too shy or cack-handed and does it for them.”
He tells the Speccie:
‘It is an extraordinary phenomenon,’ he says, ‘and it sometimes makes part of the process of politics quite difficult. Everyone wants a selfie rather than to have a conversation, and sometimes that’s a bit frustrating, particularly with your party activists. I want to know what they are finding on the doorsteps, but actually you are too busy having your picture taken.’
Guido suspects the selfie will be around a little longer than Dave…
Is Miliband sexy? We report, you decide…
Guido suspects this mass hysteria was triggered by Caitlin Moran in The Times last week (“Are women ‘perving’ over Ed Miliband?“) and the Daily Mail (“Red Ed’s VERY tangled love life“). Apparently the whole #MiliFandom thing is driven by teenage girls. Remember kids, socialism is never cool…
Punchy kick back from a Tory source regarding the accusations that Grant Shapps did in Tory rivals on Wikipedia:
“This Guardian smear is categorically false and defamatory. It is untrue from start to finish, and was quite likely dreamt up by the Labour press office. Sadly it is typical of the smears coming from those who would rather not debate policy and substance.”
A big shout, but if it was a stitch up, it’s deniable. Better than the “I was hacked” line trailed back in 2007…
Twitter is unbearable on weekends at the best of times, but in election season it becomes a soul-destroying sphere of horse sh*t, with thousands of activists sharing grinning pictures and vague platitudes about the reaction ‘on the doorstep’.
Here’s one such interaction Labour won’t be sharing this side of the election, but should probably use in a’ how not to do it’ guide for the next time:
So far it’s had almost half a million views on Facebook. Well Labour did promise millions of conversations on the doorstep…
Head over to Labour’s website and they ask you for the “issue you think is the most important facing Britain”. Can you spot what they’ve forgotten?
No mention of the deficit or the economy, again. Labour candidates might not think it’s important, but the public probably does. The Tories will be cock-a-hoop…
Well this was almost inevitable…
Labour’s new poster turns the Saatchi & Saatchi classic around back onto the Tories. Though whether or not it counts as a ‘poster’ is up for debate, since it is yet to actually physically appearing anywhere.
Meanwhile this punchy poster from UKIP is being launched at 2:30 this afternoon, though Guido can bring it to you first. The party promising no more foreign wars commits to 2% of GDP on defence spending. Has a touch of the No2AV about it…
If you go to the LibDems’ website this morning, this is what you see. Apparently it’s all because when Joey Essex met Nick Clegg he thought the party was called the “Liberal Democats”. Well using cat pictures in a vain attempt at increasing your popularity worked for Buzzfeed…[…] Read the rest
The parliamentary rules for MPs’ social media use during the election campaign could not be clearer:
“If your website, Twitter account, Facebook page etc. refer to you as an MP (on their pages or in the address or in the handle) make sure you have either set up alternatives to use from Monday 30th March at 00:01 until polling day, or frozen the account, or published the necessary disclaimer making it clear you are not an MP during the Dissolution period.”
Yet as of 10:35am this morning, the Twitter bio of Labour campaign chief Lucy Powell still referred to her as an MP:
Within minutes of Guido politely pointing this out, “MP” had been quietly changed to “candidate”. […] Read the rest
Guido has had some fun with centralised attempts from Labour HQ to win the online battle in the past, so imagine his joy to be invited to join their latest wheeze. This season’s Derek Draper / Damian McBride / Kerry McCarthy is tubby two fingered typer Jon Ashworth, who has emailed supporters in a bid to set up a rapid online rebuttal unit:
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“We can’t outspend the Tories to rebut their smears, and we can’t rely on the media to do it for us (spoiler: they won’t).