One of these days Labour will get it and who knows maybe even the Media Party might figure it out too.
Twitter has turned left-wing Labour supporters into a ‘digital mob’ out of touch with the rest of the country, the party’s Tristram Hunt will warn today.
In a major speech, the former shadow education secretary will say Labour has ‘marched decisively away from the views of the voters’ since losing in 2010 – driven in large part by social media.
Mr Hunt’s warning comes after David Cameron used his party conference speech on Wednesday to ridicule Labour MPs for failing to understand the public mood because they spent so much time talking to each other on social media.
The Prime Minister said: ‘The vast majority of people aren’t obsessives, arguing at the extremes of the debate. Let me put it as simply as I can: Britain and Twitter are not the same thing.’
Mr Hunt, a Blairite MP who has refused to serve under Jeremy Corbyn, will today warn that left’s use of Twitter and Facebook meant it was losing touch with ordinary voters.
In a damning passage Mr Hunt warns left-wing activists that if social media was ‘significantly growing the number of people engaged in politics… rather than confirming pre-held bias, then Ed Miliband might now be sitting in 10 Downing Street’.
Mr Hunt is expected to say: ‘What people say to each other on the internet – and social media in particular – rewards strong, polarising opinions and primary coloured politics.
‘Far from broadening the mind through access to the greatest library human beings have ever created, people’s experience of the internet is increasingly a narrow online world where anyone who puts their heads above the parapet can be the target of an anonymised digital mob.’ Read more »