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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 AvatarEddie Sammon 20th Aug - 7:27pm
    I don't agree with much of the article, besides its main point: that Lib Dems should welcome people who want Scottish Independence. The strategic decision...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 20th Aug - 7:07pm
    "Because liberal values are, I should think, of particular interest to Liberals." As are British values to British people.
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 20th Aug - 6:56pm
    Matthew Huntbach - is a hand up a skirt "open to interpretation"? What pray would be the political spin on such a gesture?
  • User AvatarDavid-1 20th Aug - 6:55pm
    @Dav: "And ‘British values’ are what Britons have historically believed to be universal rights and values. " Oddly, one of the things the British have...
  • User AvatarIan MacFadyen 20th Aug - 6:46pm
    Why is it negative and tainted to oppose a proposal to tear our country apart and turn people like me into a foreigner in my...
  • User AvatarColin 20th Aug - 6:43pm
    I would caution people to rely to much on the polls in this referendum because polling tries to use statistical rules divined over time in...