Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spot the difference

John Prescott, former Deputy Prime Minister, speaking about the etiquette of using Twitter on Radio 5 Live today:
"Be yourself and use humour... If you move away from the humour and you get nasty I think it undermines the integrity of the whole thing."
David Wright, Labour MP for Telford, proves Prezza's point:

"I've never voted Tory because you can put lipstick on a scum-sucking pig, but it's still a scum-sucking pig."
Never mind the integrity of Twitter, though. What about the integrity of being a politician? They are at a pretty low ebb as it is, but this hardly elevates the dignity of the office. Then again, what MP should take lessons on dignity and integrity from the secretary-shagging, voter-punching former DPM?

However, I disagree with the outraged Tories who are calling for an apology or for Wright to be disciplined. Eric Pickles, the Tory chairman, is wrong to make a big issue out of this. Wright's words speak for himself: he is a pillock, a numpty, a fool and, worst of all, he really isn't funny. All Pickles needed to do was to issue a one-word rebuttal: "Prat".

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