Spending Challenge page deleted after #votegoat!


2:06 pm - July 24th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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Gideon the goat (yes, after much infighting we have finally agreed on a name) has already claimed its first political scalp!

Our newest political star had accumulated ten times as many followers as the Treasury’s Spending Challenge site on Facebook by yesterday.

The day ended with Gideon the goat being invited to a special special chat with Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) himself on what to do about unemployment.

Cameron had launched his Spending Review Challenge on Facebook with much fanfare and a video chat with Mark Zuckerberg too.

But after being thoroughly upstaged in just one day, they have now taken down their Facebook page.

Oh dear. Does this government not like competition?

According to prominent left-wing blogs (so it must be true, we don’t spend all our time trying to track down what Gordon Brown is doing) a poll found that the goat had become even more popular than the Libdems!

Gideon’s spokesperson Clifford Singer said: “Vote goat!”

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1. Shatterface

I’ve liked the name Gideon ever since I heard it in a kid’s show but like many atheists I have a working knowledge of the bible – you’ve got to understand your foe – and Judges 7:4 could well have been a Tory manifesto for cutbacks:

‘And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.’

Gideon not only downsized his army from 32,000 to just 300 he deliberately – on God’s instructions – chose those whose hastiness and zeal outweighed their skill or intelligence.

2. Mark Flanagan

Goat v HMT story made my week. Only flaw is that the Facebook site was a fake – hence they took it down.

Only flaw is that the Facebook site was a fake – hence they took it down.

Really? Where’s the real one then?


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