Scrap all the TV debates, party election broadcasts and photo-ops. If politicians only campaigned on Twitter, they'd find it much harder to lieby Glenda Cooper / April 13, 2010 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2010 issue of Prospect Magazine
It was George Bernard Shaw who put his finger on it; an election, he said was “a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood, a mudbath for every soul.” And that was from a man who never had to endure watching “Kinnock: The Movie.”
The weeks in the run-up to any general election are horrendous. The Today programme already appears to be on 24 hours a day. No simple trip to a shopping mall, no casual glance at a billboard, no emergency lifesaving operation is now free from the fear that a would-be MP—or their wife—will suddenly pop up beside you. You can’t run a soup kitchen, manage a smoothie business or construct a drystone wall without Sam, Sarah or Miriam suddenly appearing. Motorway Man take heed: Worcester Woman, Mondeo Man, and the Pebbledash People all found themselves stalked and embraced into extinction by representatives of the people. There is only one solution to avoid this calamity unfolding once again. The rest of the election campaign must immediately be confined to the microblogging site Twitter.