George Galloway is always on Twitter. He tweeted his joy at winning the by-election in Blackburn which he had just won in Bradford. Then he tweeted that someone had hacked into his Twitter account to mistweet him. (This was technically impossible).
He was tweeting 25 minutes ago (time of writing 20:32, 21/3/13). He calls his critics “labour stooges” and retweets any compliments that come his way*. He promotes himself indefatigably.
So why has he put down this early day motion:-
“That this House notes that Twitter is now a very widely used mode of social networking; further notes that Twitter is a US-based enterprise whose primary motivation is to maximise its profits; further notes that Twitter is now used for a variety of criminal activities including sending malicious communications; further notes that Twitter refuses to co-operate with the UK authorities in general and the police in particular in trying to detect the source of criminal communications ‘unless it is a matter of life and death’, to be determined by Twitter; believes that this failure to co-operate with the detection of the sources of criminal behaviour is reprehensible; and calls on the Government to impose sanctions on Twitter until it agrees to fully co-operate with the UK authorities and police in the detection of crime.”
It’s Twitter’s seventh birthday and celebrities are celebrating it. But GG is calling it a bad thing that should have sanctions imposed on it.
He is missing the chance to set an example by boycotting Twitter . After all, he is a supporter of boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israel, and showed it by refusing to debate with an Israeli citizen. Yet there he is on Twitter, helping to maximise its profits.
He is tweeting, while eating Jaffa oranges.
*Doing that make you look like a conceited jerk, as outlined here. Nesrin Malik is talking about writers but it goes for everyone:- “Don’t retweet compliments. Ever. Not once”