Politicians and Twitter: “It gives me great pleasure…” “No it doesnae…”

I like this piece from Aine Kerr on Storyful… It’s a timely kick at those MPs who routinely get crossed off the list of anyone who has better things to do with their Twitter accounts than read glib statements of the, erm, ‘bleedin obvious’…  In particular, the YouTube clip at the beginning…

It’s worth listening to the First Minister (of all people) give one of the most accurate estimations of how politicians use Twitter to blow their own trumpets rather than to converse…

Check out the #TweetlikeanMP hashtag for a perfect lesson in how not to do it..


  • lamhdearg

    i have no idea how twitter works, this silly bit of humor had me laughing for a good 5 min, when i saw if on t.v., what am i.

  • barelegs

    While I like the piece, I would just like to pick Kerr up on one tweet from the ‘politician’ Peter Mannion. That is a spoof account of the fictional Tory MP from The Thick of It.

  • Mick Fealty

    Nice spot barelegs. Its timely to note that old saw, “if you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.”

    Also that Robinson surprised a lot of folk with his warm engagement with people on Twitter right up to and including the election.

    Like many, but not all (our culture minister is a good example), but the office politicians seek implores them to put away the personable persona and put on the startched whites of ministerial office.

  • student

    Tweet like an MP was certainly an enjoyable and fun hastag. Robinson though seems to falling in line with it too, despite his protestations, tweeting about a great Ulster victory and a visit to a gymnastics class with photo. At least he does seem to occasionally tweet things outside of politics.

  • lamhdearg

    One wonders would Margret T,have took time to tweet.