Why I am such a twit

I have succumbed to social networking -- specifically, Twitter.

It's official. I am a twit. Sorry, twitterer. No, tweeter. Oh, I give up. I'm on Twitter.

Having harangued, condemned, mocked, abused, vilified and laughed out loud at friends and relatives who enthusiastically signed up to the plethora of curiously named social networking sites that sprang up in recent years -- MySpace, Facebook, Bebo (?!!) et al -- I have reluctantly, and with the appropriate level of feigned disdain, signed up to Twitter.

You can, if you're so inclined, "follow" my ramblings here:






Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.