Flappy Dave

Downing Street have worked hard to brush away the tennis and wine loving PM’s ‘chillaxing’ image, especially after a No. 10 aide once revealed Dave spent “a crazy, scary amount of time playing Fruit Ninja on his iPad”. They won’t be pleased to hear then that the PM has discovered another addictive iPhone game. Travelling back from an tech event in Germany recently, digital Dave learnt a few things on the plane from British entrepreneur Ben Medlock, who invented the SwiftKey app: “I introduced him to cult hit Flappy Bird. I’m proud to report he didn’t beat my score.” Practice makes perfect…

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Labour's Spoof Tory Facebook Memories

Pretty good attack video, light touch, amusing and not too laboured. This has Blue State Digital’s fingerprints all over it. Better production values than we have seen recently, will it win any votes?

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Ghastly Ghose Does it Again Worst Carpet-Bagging Digital Fail

20140131-085001.jpgYou almost have to admire the persistence of serial loser Katie “Ghastly” Ghose. The woman who turned a 27% referendum lead for “Yes to AV” into a 36% victory for the “No to AV” campaign has had similar luck in her several ill-fated attempts to find a safe Labour seat to stand in. Now she has thrown her hat into the ring to take the Stoke-on-Trent North seat being vacated by retiring Joan Walley. Ghose’ other half, Fabian Society general secretary Andy Harrop, has been doing his best to boost Katie’s profile, getting her on stage with Owen Jones and Jackie Ashley at his conference last weekend. One word of advice: perhaps she should change the name of the constituency at the top of her new Stoke-on-Trent North website:

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“Inspiring, leading, winning.” First time for everything…

Dods’ Tweeter of the Year Isn’t on Twitter

Well this is embarrassing. At last night’s Dods parliamentary awards, editor-in-chief Paul Waugh proudly presented the award for Tweeter of the Year to iPad-loving Labour MP Tom Harris. Dods explained that they felt Harris was a worthy winner “for his daily usage of Twitter.” Just one problem: Harris isn’t actually on Twitter

Cool Clegg Down With the Kidz

Either very late or very early for Ed Balls Day. Or some amusing retaliation…

UPDATE: The Son of Brown can’t let his Gordon’s favourite debate phrase:

John Denham Day

It’s the best news Ed Balls has had in ages.

How to Get Round Dave’s Porn Block

Porn blocking has claimed its first victims: stopping users from reaching the deep dark parts of the internet like the Lib Dem LGBT website and Guido, among others. TalkTalk and BT are now getting it in the neck for blocking rape crisis centres and gay lifestyle sites. Who could possibly have predicted the filters wouldn’t work.

Fortunately there is a solution. GoAwayCameron.co.uk lets you install an extension on your Chrome browser so you are free to access blocked sites. Which basically means 15 year olds don’t have to tell their mum they want to access porn after all. Politicians not understanding the internet, who would have thought it.

Meantime until everyone installs porn blocker hacks it would be much appreciated if the boffins at T-Mobile could remove www.Order-Order.com from their porn blacklist. Guido doesn’t want to have to sue them for loss of earnings…

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Video Says No

Labour’s digital strategy is still having some pretty unfortunate teething problems. For some strange reason they have had to take down this week’s big video by Miliband guru Arnie Graf from YouTube. At the time of going to pixel it is marked as private:

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Guido understands it was BBC News boss James Harding who intervened over the use of BBC Parliament footage. Doh!

Carswell Victory: Blueprint For "Parliament 2.0"

Guido has always been a firm believer in Douglas Carswell’s prophecy that the “birth of iDemocracy” is key to rolling back the state:

“The West’s Big Government model is bust, things are going to have to change. It is on the cusp of dramatic changes driven by the failure of her elites, technology and maths. At the precise moment Big Government becomes unaffordable, the internet revolution makes it possible to do without it. Be optimistic. We are going to be able to manage without government – and thrive. The old political and economic order is about to give way to something vastly better.”

Well that prediction is a step closer to coming true today as the Speaker announces a Commission on Digital Democracy, with the aim of “creating a Parliament version 2.0”. It will report in 2015, Parliament’s 750th birthday, looking at how countries such as Estonia have enhanced democracy through internet voting and citizen engagement in parliamentary activity. Given that it was Carswell who knifed the last Speaker, could Bercow be trying to keep him sweet as knives are sharpened?

Tony McNulty Destroys His Career, Again Ed Loyalists Smear Critic

Parliamentary history made at today’s PMQs, with Dave reading out the live tweets of a former Labour minister, who lost his seat in the wake of the expenses scandal:

A note was passed in the middle of the session from a sharp eyed backbench MP. Presumably a big glass of claret this lunchtime for Cameron’s new PPS Gavin Williamson for that little hit.

Immediately Ed’s outriders kicked off. Here is what the Labour leader’s former Chief of Staff had to say:

Pure class.

"The Dugher Doctrine"

The Reagan Doctrine rolled back communism across the world, now we have what LabourList has – with a straight face – dubbed the “Dugher Doctrine”, which presumably consists of polluting Twitter with North Korean-style synchronised tweeting.

Miliband attack dog Michael Dugher is in charge of sorting out Labour’s social media strategy, or “transforming the party for the digital age”. The competition is weak, he will have to go some way to do worse than the Tories’ current standard of hashtags and videos. Though the first signs of the “Dugher Doctrine” are hardly encouraging either. As much as Labour talk about how many people their online campaigning has reached, Guido does not really think preaching to the converted while annoying everybody else is a well thought out strategy. If they think getting MPs to obediently tweet a slogan simultaneously will win an election, go ahead, tweet. Seal Team, engage…

Labour Delete Entire Pre-2010 History From Their Website

Yesterday Labour loved the fact that CCHQ foolishly tried to delete access to anything pre-2010 from the Tory website. Never knowingly missing a bandwagon, they even sent out a press-release:

“The Tories are trying to hide from their own broken promises and failed policy. Rather than owning up to the mess they’re making of the economy and fixing it, they are pretending it hasn’t happened. This cynical stunt won’t fool any family suffering from a cost of living crisis. With hardworking people over £1,600 a year worse off under him, it will take more than David Cameron pressing ‘delete’ to make people forget about his broken promises and failure to stand up for anyone beyond a privileged few.”

Sheila Gilmore even put her name to this splurge of sound bites, but Guido is guessing she did not have a look at Labour’s website before she earned her brownie points. As you can see here, there is nothing in their News Archive before Ed Miliband’s “A New Generation” 2010 conference speech:

Labour have done exactly what they attacked the Tories for: trying to block access to embarrassing speeches, press releases from before the last election. What exactly is the Son of Brown so embarrassed about?

Spotted by The Register.

Entire Conservative Party Web Archive Still Available

Missing reading old George Osborne speeches about the moral case for low taxes? Or the one when he promised to raise the inheritance tax threshold? Have no fear, they are all still available from the British Library – including the 2006 to 2010 Cameron opposition period:

Click to see Conservatives.com website archive
Guido is of course too modest to mention who else they record for posterity…

Remember, Remember

Some brass neck from the Tories; caught red-handed deleting their internet history, they have managed to shoehorn “Labour’s economic mess” and “hardworking people” into their response to the story. The problem with this cackhanded  tidy up  is it will only put their many broken promises in the spotlight. It will take more than some website trickery for people to forget Osborne’s inheritance tax u-turn or the immense stupidity of pledging to match Labour’s spending against all better judgement. The Staggers has a full list of what Digital Dave doesn’t want you to see, but luckily YouTube never forgets:

The political equivalent of being caught deleting your browsing history by your wife…

Shiny Happy People

Well The People’s new website is certainly different. They’ve gone for a Pinterest-style grid layout where readers have the choice of deciding which stories make the top of the news, or simply have it in chronological order. Click through and its a Buzzfeed-lite assortment of listicles, gifs and photos. “F*cking plebgate by f*cking numbers” is how they are doing politics, for example. Apparently it’s “news without the boring bits”. All the brainchild of Trinity Mirror exec Sue Douglas. 

Looks good, but judging by the number of people who have actually clicked on the new thumb signs on the front page readers may need some time to get used to it…

Is That @ToryEducation In Gove’s Pocket?

https://twitter.com/toryeducation/status/395550697476743168

Labour MEP’s Fake Q&A Session

Meet Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber. She is currently in charge of attempts to push through medicinal regulation of e-cigarettes through the European Parliament. Showing just what a bastion of democracy the European Parliament is, Linda hosted a Facebook Q&A session on the issue this week, where the idea was that she could be held to account by citizens across the continent. Which is all well and good, except it seems the event was a complete stitch-up.

Linda was lucky to receive a number of soft questions, which she answered comfortably. Just which inquisitive European citizens asked the questions? For starters there was Laura Guiot, a consultant working at the European Parliament. Then there was Evita Naumova, of the European Parliament network. And Celine Bras from the EU information office. Not to mention Martina Klugova, who also works for the European Parliament. No wonder the questions were so easy. Democracy in action!

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.[…] Read the rest

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