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The dangers of tweleting

The dangers of tweleting

by Christian May / 20 Nov 2012 11:41

"Un-say." Vb. To retract (something said or written).

The ability to unsay something must be top of the wish list for most politicians. Just imagine a world of realtime self-editing, where your comments could be erased from the memory of an audience if the reaction wasn't positive or, and this is more likely, the comments themselves were ill-judged. How much do you think Gordon Brown would like to have unsaid his infamous bigot

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Scandalous silence: the dangers of political reticence

Scandalous silence: the dangers of political reticence

by Christian May / 18 Oct 2012 15:34

When Winston Churchill observed that "a lie gets half way round the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on” he was still in the relative dark ages of dictation and telegrams. If we update his observation we'd have to acknowledge that today a lie can journey to the moon and back before the truth even sets up a Twitter account.

Refusing to recognise a lie can be just

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#gategate - Andrew Mitchell's example for all

#gategate - Andrew Mitchell's example for all

by Christian May / 25 Sep 2012 14:49

From time to time I’m asked to give a lecture on handling negative information to a bunch of keen young politicos. The substance is fairly obvious to anyone who has worked in politics for more than a few years, but it’s new and vital information to those hearing it for the first time. I might email the course notes to the Chief Whip’s office.

Of course, no amount of lectures will prepare you

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True blue? It's about belief not boating parties

True blue? It's about belief not boating parties

by Christian May / 14 Aug 2012 12:41

Last week, BBC2 aired a documentary called Young, Bright and on the Right which followed the fortunes and misadventures of two students - one at Oxford and the other at Cambridge - who were determined to 'make it' in Conservative politics.

The reactions to this documentary have largely fallen into two camps. Depending upon your allegiance, it was either a textbook example of left-wing BBC bias or an illuminating expose of what a

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Cameron is being squeezed by Boris and Ed

Cameron is being squeezed by Boris and Ed

by Christian May / 08 Aug 2012 11:41

Last weekend, amidst all the celebrations of Team GB’s phenomenal success, an unlikely image emerged.

Either side of some athletes (I forget who, such was the significance of the rest of the photo) stood London mayor Boris Johnson and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Both were beaming. Milband even tweeted it.

Perhaps their smiles were reflecting the national mood of triumph. Maybe they just smiled because they’re politicians and this was a

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