Two recent events should be highlighted to any politician thinking of using twitter to further their electoral prospects. These two stories do serve as maybe a warning, before the commit.
Case 1: Dale v McCarthy.
This case surrounds allegations made by the Hon. Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, about the political magazine Total Politics, which is run by tory supporting blogger Iain Dale. I shall leave it to each of them to tell their story.
As you can see, politicians have to be careful with what they say and do online! Is one over reacting? Or are both responses justified? You be the jury.
Case 2: Limburg v Schüneman
This case from the Lower Saxon State Parliament. After a debate on Aslyum Seekers, Green MP Helge Limburg called Lower Saxony’s state Interior Minister Uwe Schünemann (CDU) an “insufferable agitator” who was “shamelessly on the right-wing fringe.” (Full Story)
This when it came to light in the Lower Saxon Parliament caused uproar and discussions over the budget had to be postponed.
Is that what twitter should be used for?
So its over to you, after these anticas would you recommend that politicans use twitter?
So I posted before that I supported McCain/Palin and have it on MSN and GTalk that I support them and it has landed me in no ends of arguments with friends. I am a gay right wing conservative, yes not a lot of people can put those things together as I noted back in April but I seam to be getting it again, this time in Ireland from fellow Fine Gaelers!!! I dont get it! I really dont! But anyway anyone who tries to argue with me over who I support is fighting a losing battle, there is no way I could support Obama. Hes in experienced and has shown no initiative in his terms as State Senator or Senator to reform (unlike Palin). His VP pick of Biden made me more anti-Obama.
So I could right on and on about this but I ain’t the poeple arguing know who they are and can stop now please! Thanks
I know I promised the next post on Lisbon about the charter but that will come soon.
I have seen this in a few places urging people to vote no to Lisbon to “punish” the Government. We are all fed up with our creaking health services, our economic downward spiral (exageration??), Bertie’s lies… etc etc. But Lisbon is more important then this.
Ireland has long been seen as pro-EU in the last EUROMBAROMETER (PDF), 74% of Irish people said they believed we had benifitted from the EU. That is third hightest in the EU! Only Luxembourg and the Netherlands have a higher positive response rate (We tie with Belgium).
Last year in May we had an opportunity to punish the Government, we did to an extent, but if people are having regrets now then they will have to wait for the 2009 Local and European Elections to vent this.
I for one am fed up with how Ireland is being run, but every party with the exceptions of the Sinn Fein and just over a a third of the Green Party oppose it. So if you vote NO you are punishing all the parties in favour.
I have respect for people who have read the treaty and find fauly with it and belive it is bad for Ireland, and I will gladly debate their points. But I will not accept this arguemnt.
Simiarly, I do agree with an argument which goes along the lines of “Vote Yes or we will have to leave the EU”. No country can seccede from the EU easily until Lisbon is passed. so… thats a null and void arguement…