Leave Overtakes Remain on Facebook

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On the whole, Facebook often lacks Twitter’s faster political edge. Yet as shown by the general election, it matters far more…

While Remain always lacked Twitter* followers, it carried the edge regarding Facebook likes – until today. With Guido’s daily campaign report showing the two campaigns being neck and neck yesterday, it would appear that Farage’s (or Cameron’s) performance last night was enough to push some as-yet-undecided Facebook users over the edge, lending Leave 4,500 extra followers overnightArron Banks fans screaming “split campaign” should remember Guido only started tracking likes after Vote Leave got the official designation…

What does this mean? Facebook offers politicos the opportunity to appeal directly to users with targeted messages from their page. Using the vast array of data stored on each Facebook profile – likes, location, events attended – these posts can be laser precise while not subject to the clamour of Twitter’s left-wing echo chamber. If that isn’t convincing enough, the Tories chose to spend £1 million more than Labour on Facebook alone in 2015. Twitter wins columnists, Facebook wins votes…

*At the time of going to pixel @Vote_Leave has 53,946 followers and @StrongerIn has 35,256 followers.

Tom Watson Mocks Corbynista “Hissing Revolution”

Tom Watson spent last night firing truth bullets at the Corbynista hordes. While most of the Shadow Cabinet stayed silent about their own activists’ treatment of Laura K, he stood up to Labour’s loonier contingent:

By Guido’s count he slapped down about 60 tweeters who praised the booing and hissing. The next Labour leader after Corbyn will want a more grown-up relationship with the BBC’s political editor – you can get 10/1 on it being Watson…

Northerners Mock “Grim Up North” Burnham

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Burnham played up his Northern credentials when he threw his hat in the ring to be Labour’s Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate:

“It’s hard growing up in the north: if you say you want to be a doctor, lawyer or MP you get the mickey taken out of you.”

Sounding like the seventh Python won Burnham no favours. A series of prominent Northerners in politics and the media took to Twitter to take t’piss out of the shadow home secretary. Dr Who writer Gareth Roberts tweeted “Ee by ‘eck Andrew so-called Burnham wi’ your la-do-da Labour Party I’ll go t’t foot of our stairs” while Barnsley-born Jack Tindale asked if his running mate would be a “kestrel”. Even a local councillor piled in to tell Burnham to do one…

Cross-Department Voter Registration Drive

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Civil service sources point out another way that every cog of the Whitehall machine is being used to help Remain. Voter registration adverts are being pushed by a wide range of government departments and public bodies completely irrelevant to the referendum, from the Department of Health to the DVLA. DCMS are even targeting football fans attending the Euros. The theory being that higher turnout helps Remain…

Following allegations that the CBI has been pushing employers into backing Remain, a co-conspirator reports that Whitehall departments have even been asking the companies they deal with to put up voter registration posters in their workplaces. They must be worried, they’re trying everything possible…

Tory Hunk’s Taxpayer-Funded Social Media Juice

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Soapy hunk Johnny Mercer should have no problem getting social media followers. Those shower commercials should mean he has all the ingredients required for likes, follows, and re-tweets galore. Surprising then that this Tory totty has charged the taxpayer £2,500 on expenses for “professional services” on social media management. His Twitter following stands at a relatively modest 13,579 – fewer than many 2015 intake colleagues – and his Facebook page has a mere 3,708 likes. His YouTube channel has a paltry 33 subscribers and his last video had just three views. If Johnny wants to boost his following, selfies are probably a better approach…

John McDonnell v Caroline Flint

Red on red:

The actual McDonnell quote was “hold on to as much as we possibly can”, rather than “hang“:

Couldn’t they do this by text?

Labour Loudmouth’s Untrue Tweet Goes Viral

At the time of going to pixel this tweet from loudmouth Labour MP Karl Turner has been re-tweeted almost 4,000 times. The suggestion that Osborne deleted a tweet about tax evasion in light of the Cameron row is being shared by Labour politicians and thousands of supporters:

Just one problem: Turner is talking complete nonsense, Osborne of course did not delete the tweet. Here it is below, it is not “missing from his feed“:

Labour might have more success hurting Cameron on this if they didn’t resort to blatant untruths…

Khan’s Attack of the Saudi Arabian Clones

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Sadiq has organised annoying co-ordinated Twitter spammings before, where he lines up dozens of Labour tweeters to post the same message to their followers all at the same time. Well, he’s at it again today, though something is up. For some strange reason, a very large number of Arab gentlemen based in the Middle East have taken a keen interest in Khan’s campaign at Hither Green station this morning. Odd, since these accounts usually only tweet in Arabic. Most of them are Saudi-based, and thanks to Google translate we can see their usual musings are about things like the Riyadh restaurant industry. Either Khan’s Twitter support is bogus or the next London mayor should be looking to help the previously unknown Saudi-Hither Green commuter demographic…

Microsoft’s AI Twitter Bot Trolls WIth Sick Breivik Jibe

Microsoft’s pioneering Artificial Intelligence Twitter bot, @TayAndYou, recently came under fire for posting a series of incredibly racist tweets (subsequently deleted by Microsoft’s panicking geeks). It made the mistake of learning from the trolls who tweeted at it. Belatedly it would appear the out-of-control bot’s handlers didn’t quite catch everything, though, with @TayAndYou continuing to interact with users over sensitive areas, including joking about crazed Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik:

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And even engaging in a sexually fuelled exchange with a complete stranger:

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Stan Collymore v Jess Phillips

Renowned gender equality campaigner Stan Collymore has been tweeting late at night again, this time bravely deciding to go after Labour’s sharp-tongued Jess Phillips:

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Peston Tells Soames to Eff-Off!

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Corbyn Hacked

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Labour At War Already

It is all (finally) starting to kick off as Labour rapidly descends into internecine war over the slotting of Michael Dugher. Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop has gone after Ken:

And so has his colleague Graham Jones:

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Labour’s Purge of the Moderates Goes Too Far

Worrying news from the former MP for Derby…[…]

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Tom Watson v Eoin Clarke

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On Sunday, Guido reported how Tom Watson had been inundated with abusive messages from Corbynistas calling him a “traitor” and, even worse, a “Blairite“. Last night he faced the wrath of Jezza’s favourite doctor of Irish feminism, proven bullsh*t artist and library teaboy Eoin Clarke:

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Raheem Kassam v Owen Bennett

A spectacular media commentariat bitch fight this week, as HuffPo’s Owen Bennett needled Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam over his reporting of the Oldham by-election. Cue an Israeli-style response from Raheem.

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