“A Nightmarish Political Discourse”
Bless Peter Oborne. He may have a point about Michael Ashcroft’s disaffection with the Prime Minister, although, as Lord Ashcroft himself points out in reply, he commissions a lot of polling that makes the essential point many of David Cameron’s Tory critics fail to grasp, that the Prime Minister is “the party’s greatest asset”.
It is Oborne’s view of Twitter that really sets him apart, though. He thinks it is a conspiracy by Tony Blair to create
a nightmarish political discourse that favours the short-term over the long-term, the sensational over the mundane, the false over the true, and the strident over the thought-provoking.
Well, it’s a point of view, but as he is not on Twitter how would he know? Overcoming such obstacles, Oborne nevertheless understands how the conspiracy by Lord Ashcroft to acquire a “dangerous monopoly” over the internet operates:
On May 25, Rupert Murdoch (no fan of Mr Cameron) attacked him for going on holiday in Ibiza in the aftermath of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby. Lord Ashcroft immediately gave this currency by circulating it to his online followers.
Murdoch has 444,000 followers on Twitter. Lord Ashcroft has 5,200.
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