Saturday 20 January 2018

Politicians make twits of themselves with online gaffes

THE Punt admires politicians who embrace technology and try to interact with the public or their peers on social media. Inevitably though, these initiatives can often turn into public relations disasters with the British seemingly particularly susceptible to social-media gaffes.

Chancellor George Osborne (right) has had a chequered history on Twitter. His first tweet came the day of this year's hairshirt budget and was followed by a torrent of abuse.

He didn't learn.

The night before the autumn statement last month his team tweeted a pic of the millionaire having a working-class burger and chips in the office. Unfortunately it was from a high-end outlet and cost about €12. To top it off another MP, who is known for being of stout build, tweeted a similar picture, with him eating a salad, mocking Mr Osborne.

Now Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped up to the plate. He tweeted he was rolling out a cap on benefits with @IDS_MP. A reference to Work & Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith. But @IDS_MP is a parody account, not the man himself. Something tells The Punt this won't be the last time something like this happens.

Irish Independent

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