I write this week with news, that owing to the exigencies of the international betting market, I had to post my weekly *Postcard* on Monday, as opposed to Sunday. This has resulted in a lot of greedy, venal, f**ks making a great deal of money. No money changed hands with me, of course, and recent pictures in the News of The World showing me counting a large amount of money are published out of context. I quite often spend a happy hour or so of an evening counting my money and on the evening that particular picture was taken, I was, in fact, watching an episode of The Dragon’s Den and I wanted to get in the mood for the programme. Context and evidence based analysis and reporting is all.
So… to Twitter…
Law blogger Jack of Kent - a serial twitter user as well – writes with passion (and knowledge) about the law and backs up his views with practical pro bono support for others where is able to do so. After being hauled over the coals/challenged by the Transgender community for daring to post about practical issues – he has explained why he is a liberal and what this means to him. What is liberalism?
I don’t always agree with Jack of Kent’s analyses but respect the way he puts analysis and comment together. This does not, of course, mean that I am right. It just means that I don’t always agree.
There are dangers in all blogging, and the use of twitter, that the blogger or twitterer will get what I choose to call Popeitis – an infallibility complex. This is rather more dangerous than sitting on top of mountains for a while and then descending with tweets of stone to educate the assembled multitude.
The Social Media Maven pronounces (2010)
Oil on Canvas
The third category of danger, and one that Jack of Kent may well be ‘guilty’ of, is what I call Zeusitis - sitting on top of a mountain and hurling a few thunderbolts about to wind up Libertarians and other members of the knee jerking and ranting classes. I may well have done a bit of this myself on occasion. I say ‘danger’ because tweeters seeing Zeusitis tweets are particularly likely to come scurrying out of their lairs – especially late of an evening when over refreshed – and tweet like a beserker or, indeed, if others join in, tweet en masse like a group of Beserkers on a quick raid down the Northumberland coastline. This, I think, is fair game – they, the Libertarians and ranters, are more than able to cope. I do enjoy debating with Jack of Kent and, being that it is a debate and not a hearing before a court of justice, I am more than prepared to use every means at my debating disposal to ‘win’ the point – including obfuscation, dissimulation, treachery, blackops and even a bit of law thrown in to spice it up a bit. Few, I hope, regard this as attacking Jack of Kent – who needs no help from anyone in defending himself! Fight the good fight, Jack. Never surrender!
Twitter may also be used to put the boot in….
Tom Harris MP wrote a well reasoned piece on the Save The NHS campaign being pushed by Prezza – making the not unreasonable point that Labour also planned to cut NHS Direct in favour of another NHS proposition – 111.
Tom replied to Prezza with this: @johnprescott I’m sorry you want to make personal comments about me, John. I’ll stick to the politics (fortunately for you).
I rather like the idea of an experienced MP – here a Labour MP – taking a point of principle, being honest and open and not knee jerking or responding along *Tribal* lines.
Well… the silly season ends with the end of the bank holiday and I am quite pleased that autumn approaches and I can get back to some semblance of commenting on law and do a spot of work.
Best, as always