Jo Swinson’s expenses: why you should write an email today

I’ve been very gratified by the entirely positive feedback my articles about the Daily Telegraph and Jo Swinson yesterday have received.  This is entirely in keeping with the broadly sympathetic reaction Jo has received on both the blogosphere and on Twitter.

That the story has had such a positive backlash is of course a good thing.  The trouble with such stories however is that they often grow in the retelling.  I’ve already cited how the BBC and Guardian have contributed to this.  What if a candidate opposing Jo in the general election campaign were to base a dirty tricks campaign on this story? What happens the next time a newspaper decides to do a profile on her and a time pressured researcher finds the story via a quick Google search?

As Mark Pack wrote last year:

…internet search engines are changing the dynamic of negative stories. Whilst in the past the correct response was often to either say nothing or say very little and wait for a story to blow over, the big risk in the internet era is that as a result only one side of the story is laid out there waiting for search engines to find when people research the person or the topic in future years.

In short, we cannot afford to let this stand.  That’s why I am encouraging people to write directly to the Telegraph, the BBC and the Guardian and demand a retraction and apology. (There are other media outlets which have repeated and embellished the original Telegraph piece but the original source and more reputable outlets are a good place to start).

So far, the response has been tremendous, but we need as many people as possible to do this so they cannot afford to ignore the issue.

Finally, a (non-exhaustive) list of blogs which have already commented on this:

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

3 Comments

  • Rob Parsons 24th May '09 - 9:27pm

    I’ve done all three letters, and commented on my blog – http://acomfortableplace.blogspot.com/2009/05/nadine-dorries.html – Never thought I’d mention Dorries and Swinson in the same breath.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 26th Jun - 7:12am
    Liam Birch Matthew Huntbach – “…So what is it we can now do to make everyone feel free and happy and so much different from...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 26th Jun - 6:18am
    Yes it is a paid up member of the Liberal Democrats speaking, Roland. Not only that, it is a member who was still knocking on...
  • User AvatarRoger Heape 26th Jun - 6:17am
    On Thursday night the BBC results programme had a short interview with Paddy Ashdown. He asked John Curtis a question about postal votes but didn't...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 26th Jun - 4:46am
    "About article 50: the EU are trying to kick us out on their terms and we either need to make sure they can’t" This is...
  • User AvatarMichael BG 26th Jun - 3:56am
    I am sure we once had a leader who understood that the Federal Conference made policy and not the leader. So the first problem with...
  • User AvatarNom de Plume 26th Jun - 3:33am
    Although I have argued for Remain, I have my own set of things I dislike about how the EU works. Including the breadth of the...