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Opinion: For the sake of democracy, we need to be civil online

Twitter logoSome of the world’s best-known politicians have messed up on Twitter.

…From the Labour whip who called the Tory opposition “pigs”, to the American Republican politician Jeff Frederick who prematurely tweeted about a Democrat defection, and the Hull councillor who called members of the electorate voting for the opposition ‘retards’.

Therefore, it was hardly surprising when Lib Dem favourite Sir Graham Watson made his first Twitter blunder, tweeting something potentially ill-judged on Wednesday night. A popular MEP winning 80% of first-preference votes in the last Euro selections, opponents jumped on the error, and …

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  • User AvatarRoland 20th Sep - 6:48pm
    " So how exactly does a Tory dominated English assembly with the backup of UKIP benefit the Lib Dems ?" [Glenn 20th Sep '14 -...
  • User AvatarYorkshire Guidon 20th Sep - 6:35pm
    @Michael Kilpatrick What I really want is a directly elected, accountable, transparent assembly for Yorkshire with significant powers to make a difference to people's lives,...
  • User AvatarMartin Land 20th Sep - 6:27pm
    Now their's a surprise. Interesting that the medja constantly focus on LD losses in May, not on probable gains like this.
  • User AvatarT-J 20th Sep - 6:25pm
    @Michael Kilpatrick Well, I've only ever lived in areas with unitary authorities, first Peterborough and now Scotland. Obviously, the majority of English local governments should...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 20th Sep - 5:56pm
    Peter Tyzack, remember Nick is the minister responsible for "leading the government’s political and constitutional reform agenda." But as soon as there is something important...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 20th Sep - 5:48pm
    Rob, the catastrophe for the national party has been Nick Cleggs' disastrous leadership. I want more Lib Dem MPs of whatever colour, sex or creed....