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Dorries: report people who Tweet too much


4:26 pm - September 30th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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Tory MP Nadine Dorries says on her blog:

Is there such a thing as Twitter addiction? How can anyone live a normal life who can do that? Surely these people cannot be in employment because if they are, how can they work? if they aren’t then it’s time they got a job which involves being sat at a key board because there’s nothing much up with their fingers, brain or attention span!!

Fair enough, you are allowed to have that opinion.

Then she goes on to say:

I will put money on that being a Daily Mail story one day. In the meantime, do you know of anyone else who has Tweeted more than 35,000 times in less than six months? If so, email my office and let me know. Or, better still, if it’s someone you know is on benefits, contact the DWP.

Has Dorries turned into a Daily Mail journalist herself? It wouldn’t surprise us.

What a sad woman.
(via Mr S Pill)

A blogger has published this open letter in response to Nadine Dorries:

For many disabled people, the internet has opened up a portal into a world of social contact. Many of us are socially extremely isolated. We may be limited in our ability to engage in the world by physical disabilities, or by mental illness. For us, twitter, and other social media, might provide our only human contact.

Since starting to use twitter a few months ago, I have come into contact with other disabled people, who are also socially isolated. And others who are less socially isolated, but for whom twitter has provided a way of meeting people with similar interests or outlook. These people have opened up the world for me. They have made my life less restricted and sterile. I have conversations with them, in much the same way a less restricted person might when meeting a friend at a cafe or pub. This is what twitter is for me – a method of making friends.

But Dorries would rather have such people just reported to the DWP… perhaps because she thinks that benefits are a “lifestyle choice” too.

In the New Statesman this week Dorries explains why she loves Sarah Palin so much.

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It is amusing to see someone who blogs as prolifically as Mrs Dorries criticise others for using the interwebs. Did I say amusing? I meant hypocritical.
What an awful excuse for a human being she is.

2. James from Durham

If you have time to count someone else’s tweets up to 35000, maybe you should report yourself?

Does this woman want to turn us all into Stasi style informers? Maybe schools should instruct children in how to monitor their parents computer usage and who to report to!

4. just browsing

I’m a insomniac night worker who’s only bit of social interaction during the weekdays is on social networking sites talking to my friends who are ‘working’ during the day. Still I might add that a lot people aren’t seated in front of the keyboard (unlike myself) when they updating their status or putting up a new tweet, they have, you know, mobiles, with internet connection. All you need is a minute or two in the toilet to add a new tweet.

I love it when Mps have a go at people for not working hard enough, kettle, pot, black, perhaps?

Lord, some people talk too much…

Ah yes ,welcome to conservative jack boot Britain under the brownshirts. Where you will be investigated for tweeting too much. East Germany would be so proud of you dear.

No better example of someone scrounging off the state than Dorries.

‘ In the New Statesman this week Dorries explains why she loves Sarah Palin so much. ‘

‘ Lipstick and Dipstick ‘ what a pair.

Vile Nadine Dorries in yet another EPIC DALE.

She is very much an awful human.

If you add up all the words or characters in her regular blog posts, I reckon she produces not far off the equivalent of 35,000 tweets every six months. Oh, but it’s not even a proper blog as you can’t post comments on it.

What an appallingly ignorant piece by Ms Dorries in so many ways. As has been said does she not realise that you can Tweet via your mobile phone – indeed I have watched one of Ms Dorries’ colleagues sit next to her in the Chamber of the House of Commons merrily clicking away on his BlackBerry/iPhone – I wonder if Ms Dorries reported him to the Speaker, as the use of PDAs or mobile phones in the Chamber is banned under a ruling by Speaker Boothroyd.

However I must wholeheartedly agree with the comments about social isolation; it may interest Ms Dorries to know that, having been born with a congenital disability that has gradually worsened to the point of me being unable to move out of bed without fracturing my right leg, I was employed until July of this year – why did I lose my job she might ask? Because of the new rules introduced concerning MPs expenses following people like Ms Dorries who blatantly misused their expenses meant that my employer – a Member of Parliament – had to reduce his office staff, and make all the new jobs full-time and split between the Constituency and Westminster, neither of which criteria I am able to fulfill.

The internet allowed me to work, and talking to friends on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter allowed me to obtain personal experiences that shaped the content of the work that I was doing.

Perhaps given the recent hate crimes legislation being extended to cover disabled people, we, as a community of disabled people, should examine whether Ms Dorries has in fact broken such legislation, and incited hate crimes against people with disabilities? We should also examine whether her blog is paid for out of her Communications Allowance – if it is, then I would suggest a complaint to the Committee on Standards and Privileges be in order, as I am sure that the majority of members of the House of Commons will not wish to be associated with Ms Dorries’ comments. Finally I would suggest a letter to David Cameron, as Leader of the Conservative Party, released to all media outlets, asking him whether he agrees with Ms Dorries’ opinions, and if not what action the Parliamentary Conservative Party will take to repudiate such comments.


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