The Hughester gits dan wiv da kids

Well, not really, the title above is rubbish, but Simon Hughes seemed to score a “street cred” point yesterday when an interview with him was carried on Buzzfeed.

Buzzfeed did it via Snapchat and showed the Snapchat snapshots.

The background to the interview was the statement from David Cameron which seemed to mean that there would be a ban on encrypted applications, such as WhatsApp and Snapchat, that the people in the trenchcoats can’t monitor.

Here’s how the interview went:

Buzzfeed

Are LDs backing PM on encryption?

Hughes:

LibDems blocked “Snoopers’ Charter”

Buzzfeed

But social networks are what most people care about. What about them? Even on social media?

Hughes:

Can’t have govt recording all chats

Buzzfeed:

So the Lib Dems will pledge unmonitored, freely available Snapchats for every Briton while they’re in government? So absolutely *no* Snapchat ban.

Hughes:

No! Snapchat away under LibDems!

There was then a thing with emojis which I think was optimistic for our chances in Southwark and Bermondsey….and seems to indicate that Simon is going to buy five new yellow taxis. Or perhaps that was a reference to Joni Mitchell…

Oh, and by the way, Simon’s image was coming up incredibly yellow on Snapchat. Look!:

Simon Hughes on Snapchat via Buzzfeed

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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10 Comments

  • Andy Hinton 15th Jan '15 - 6:45pm

    “Buzzfeed gave it an attractive sort of Skype snapshot treatment, with subtitles for each question and answer.”

    Hmm. You’re not a Snapchat user yourself then, Paul? ;-P

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 15th Jan '15 - 7:31pm

    I wouldn’t have known any different, Paul. I have tried to use Snapchat but keep getting in a fankle with it.

  • Andy Hinton 15th Jan '15 - 7:51pm

    Feel guilty for being a pedant now. Feel free to delete my comment!

  • I have learned from this – that Caron Lindsay is in a fankle and Paul Walter admits to being an utter numpty.

    Much as I like the works of Joni Mitchell it was not a name I executed to crop up in an article supposedly to do with “da kids”. Does anyone under the age of 50 know who Joni Mtichell is / was ?

    On the positive side if it results in the download of some of her music by someone who has not come across her before today – that can only be a good thing.

  • My last comment – please delete the word “executed” and insert “expected”.

  • “I have now used Snapchat and fully realise what an utter numpty I have been.”

    Has anyone informed the leader about this fantastic application? Did Simon Hughes go through full realisation too? Could be a game changer in GE2015, a secret weapon; a tool that allows politicians to fully realise what utter numpties they’ve been is nothing short of revolutionary. Bet it won’t work on Farage. 🙂

  • “…. a tool that allows politicians to fully realise what utter numpties they’ve been..”

    A very simple tool exists for the rest of us to remind politicians what utter numpties they’ve been.

    Unfortunately for our party there will be hundreds of thousands of our former supporters who will make full use this tool in May and as a result the number of Liberal Democrat MPs will go down.

    As they use this tool in May some of our former supporters may well be singing to themselves — “Why should we be beggars with the ballot in our hand?”

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