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Stephen Bush
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Stephen Bush 1h
Replying to @JessGillamSax
Not at all. Today's TCL was delightful as well and as is always a highlight of the week.
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Stephen Bush 2h
I think "your tweets go via the Whips" is obviously a line too far, I think as guidance "your tweets should be sent by a member of your office with appropriate sign-offs and drafting" is v different. (I mean, RH doesn't write all his own tweets AIUI)
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Stephen Bush 2h
Oh, yeah, as a citizen and as a journalist, I am 100 per cent for it. Just surprised. In the case of this MP in particular, his party has already had to pay large legal fees thanks to his silly tweets, for instance.
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Stephen Bush 2h
They provide guidance and talking points of the type I describe in the original tweet all the time and an MP would not, for instance, go off on national telly without a brief without getting a stern note from the Chief Whip.
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Stephen Bush 2h
I mean, they lose the whip for all sorts of things - even as a guideline "the party advises you not to tweet yourself" is not a bad starting point IMV.
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Stephen Bush 2h
Replying to @ShowerAbsolute
Oh, that is good. A continual problem of "is this nice/but not fragile or so rare I can't actually use IT".
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Stephen Bush 2h
Replying to @twlldun
Yeah. I am in the 80 per cent on most of these, but I hear MPs chuntering about them and I just think "don't you have a pandemic to be getting on with?" and become incredibly irritated about their handling of said pandemic.
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Stephen Bush 2h
Replying to @ShowerAbsolute
Oh, that is a beautiful tea set. Do you also have a teapot like it?
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Stephen Bush 2h
Replying to @DarcysMick @twlldun
Marie.
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Stephen Bush 2h
Replying to @twlldun
Yeah. I mean the whole "could we fight the next election as a culture war" is a sign people are too online. The overwhelming majority of the propositions they would fight it on are 80-20 per cent ones! It's just the 20 per cent are all online.
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Stephen Bush 2h
But getting less so! I think they may look back and the decision not to do that in, say, 2014 as a big missed opportunity.
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Stephen Bush 2h
Replying to @talktoharris1
My new theory of survival in weekend Twitter is "only broadcast, never engage".
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Stephen Bush 2h
Replying to @twlldun
I don't understand why none of the big parties haven't just gone 'your twitter and Facebook feed should be treated like a press release and run by your team'. I faced more stringent social media guidelines as a burger-flipper at Legoland than an MP of the governing parties do.
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Stephen Bush 3h
Utterly besotted with 's new record, Time.
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Stephen Bush 3h
Replying to @Miss_Snuffy
A fair number of prep schools start offer 2-11 care and it used to be something people talked about as the next frontier of state education. Obvs 2-5 would be v different to what we offer from 5 up, but do you think that would be worthwhile?
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Stephen Bush 17h
Replying to @hackneylad
They're utterly delightful. I also enjoyed this week's firstname surname doxxing of the kitten lady, and also really liked the "I am not going to pretend I do not want to be locked down with this person" saga.
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Stephen Bush 22h
This is a lovely idea - why not do it and also buy a book from this lovely bookshop while you're filling it in?
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Tom Gatti 24h
Booking is now open for this winter's online in association with the New Statesman - with chairing and punditry by @Tom_Gatt
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Stephen Bush Oct 23
Replying to @LewisJamesBrown
It's about the WG legally protecting them from having the firebreak overturned in part, too, I think.
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Stephen Bush Oct 23
Replying to @LewisJamesBrown
Which is a lower-risk way to buy a DVD or book, tbf.
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