One of the key appeals of Twitter is direct, no-holds-barred access to the quick thoughts and japery of key cultural icons of your choice. You may have heard that you can ‘follow’ (for the uninitiated, this means to subscribe to receive their postings) of people like Stephen Fry and that other great modern thinker, the Sunderland striker Darren Bent.
I have been using Twitter for about a year and follow my own chosen political and cultural interests through the tweets of Alistair Campbell, Rob Brydon, Caitlin Moran and more. All very well to hear their thoughts on the recent post-election fall-out, of course.
However, Twitter seems to be giving its leading property celebs – Kirstie Allsop, Sarah Beeny and even George Clarke – plenty of encouragement to add their two penn’th in to the mix.
I don’t think it’s a great secret to learn that Location, Location, Location’s Kirstie Allsop is a Tory supporter (she is after all a Friend of Cameron, generally posh and was even touted until fairly recently as a potential Tory Housing Minister). But Sarah Beeny and George Clarke? It seems strange that in particular the latter would drop in the odd anti-Labour comment amongst all the stuff and nonsense about how wonderful whatever Homes exhibition he is at this weekend is.
Take this, posted today: “Gordon Brown says he won’t step down…what is he thinking? Negotiations are going to go the wrong way if he doesn’t…”
Thanks, George. Aristotle chews pencil, scratches forehead.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, but it just seems so out of context when bear-like, weepy George and lovely Sarah and Kirstie wade into the harsh realities of political debate which is, after all, not really what we want from them. What makes their opinions valid? Do they seriously expect to influence their ‘followers’?
Next week in H&R: Alistair Campbell advises on passive ventilation….