Rule Twittania: An ironic phrase indicating realisation that the New Media doesn’t always live up to expectations

Frankly I am a bit sick of everyone involved in this election.

Clegg and the Orange Book liberals are stitching up their activists who despise the thought of a coalition with the Tory party.

Brown has led Labour to their worst result since 1983.

Cameron appears to be immovable on electoral reform in a country crying out for it.

Our Press have probably taken the biscuit with their over-inflated sense of importance and utter removal from the material facts of the situation.

Twitter is a source of constant information which made election night all the more exciting but it also has a spectacularly high noise to signal ration.

The Civil Service however, have come out of this pretty well but of course at the expense of everyone else.

Here’s Sir Gus O’Donnell in February this year:

O’Donnell said he had decided to publish his guidance now to ensure there was clarity before the election. But he said he doubted that financial markets would be destabilised by a hung parliament.

So that is a no to financial market panic. In fact, it is a fairly polite nod to the efficient market hypothesis.

The Daily Mail and The Telegraph scent panic, their product  and pounce. They just know Sir Gus was wrong.

The Daily Mail: Fear of power vacuum wipes £35billion off shares


3 thoughts on “Rule Twittania: An ironic phrase indicating realisation that the New Media doesn’t always live up to expectations

  1. You’ve given me a mission for, well, a week or so. Learn to love Orange Book Liberals. Do you think that the Lib Dems would have even had a sniff of breaking through if they had remained entirely soggy and social democrat?

    Serious question: didn’t the LD’s suffer at all from being undifferentiated from Labour in places, so that Labour were able to play the ‘they are us’ card, the one that gets people to vote Labour because, hey, they’re better at beating Tories ….

    1. In my area the Lib Dems suffered from being not Tories. Frankly people were relatively used to voting Tory and knew this would be the best way of getting rid of Gordon Brown, orange book or no.

      I don’t think a collective cleggasm could have reduced or reversed the 7% swing we had to the Tories.

      Nationally of course Labour have managed to attract back a lot of the people that may have considered voting Lib Dem because Labour are better at beating the Tories.

      The Lib Dems got the publicity they deserved for once and saw a corresponding rise (if temporary) in the opinion of the public. I don’t think the fine detail of policy came into it too much, orange book versus social democracy.

      In fact the few policies that did probably put people off mroe than convinced the. Scrapping trident lost the armchair imperialists, amnesty lost some worried Labourites. Both great policies that would improve everyone’s life but not instantly popular.

      tbh,what I really want to be honest is something like the parties split as described by mat gb here so I don’t have to worry about helping to campaign for a party looking seriously at going into Govt with the Tories.

      I’m sure there are things I would like about the Orange Bookers more than I would about the current Labour party (where my tribal loyalties still really lie if I’m honest) but at the moment they remind me of the oysters in the walrus and the carpenter.

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