Show Hide image UK 24 November 2014 The seven deadly sins of tweeting about politics 140 characters, 0 meaning. Print HTML As #CameronMustGo hashtaggers are tweeting their fury about the fact that mainstream news outlets haven't picked up their online campaign, it's time to look at the worst sins committed by those who take their political insights to Twitter. Accusing the BBC of bias for not reporting things that... aren't stories. Although this particular sin has been heightened today by #CameronMustGo tweeters attacking the BBC for refusing to pick up on their hashtag campaign, it is a time-old, enduring trope of angry political tweets. If the Beeb doesn't mention Some People Being Angry at the Prime Minister, whether it's stated in a hashtag or via a handful of people protesting somewhere, it is accused of rightwing bias. If it does anything else, it's accused of leftwing bias. Quarter of million tweets - tweeters roughly double population of Cambridge demanding #CameronMustGo yet you won't hear about it in @BBCNews — Joe Cook (@joecooknow) November 24, 2014 Is it a story now? #CameronMustGo pic.twitter.com/eABY7sOiD9 — Gail (@CharlieWoof81) November 24, 2014 Failing to understand the point of the House of Commons chamber. This is a particularly popular genre of political tweetery: taking a screenshot of MPs debating in the Commons, and commenting on how heartless and detached they are because not all 650 of our representatives are present for whichever debate the tweeter has seized upon. Even if it's a late afternoon adjournment debate about the capacity of the West Anglia Rail Line. This lack of a fundamental understanding of how the Commons is supposed to work is nicely parodied here: LEFT: MPs debating giving free kittens to orphans. RIGHT: MPs debating letting MPs eat kittens. Please RT pic.twitter.com/eVkr3hUYg3 — Primly Stable (@PrimlyStable) November 24, 2014 And here are some real ones: The corrupt money creation business discussed to an empty house of commons, https://t.co/PMHvSyXPuI — Think Tank Bronson (@bronsoncharley) November 23, 2014 I see the chamber is empty when MP's are debating zero hour contracts & the living wage? What the point of @UKLabour pic.twitter.com/i4kQBa5Ip6 — Mark Newton (@CutbackMark) November 21, 2014 Saying "this keeps being removed" when it really doesn't. A nefarious internet conspiracy is inevitably pointed out whenever someone makes a meme of a politician of the ruling party being ripped apart, usually by a civilian wide-eyed with sincerity, on television. For some reason, many users decide that Twitter's staff can be bothered to rake through its billions of tweets to delete a minor skirmish from the Daily Politics on a Tuesday in order to protect the reputation of a little-known UK government minister. And they beg you for a retweet. This picture keeps getting removed RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT RT pic.twitter.com/bmFaUIk7sL" #IDS + #CameronMustGo” — cool vibes (@coolvibes77) November 24, 2014 Tweeting a picture of a politician you admire/Owen Jones beside a big block of text. A particularly offensive Twitter sin, mainly due to the fact that the font is always terrible on these things. Someone somewhere sits and transcribes a favourite quote from a respected heavyweight politician, or a junior shadow minister, or Owen Jones, highlights it all and hits Tempus Sans, pastes it over a picture of their fave public figure and then watches their treasured work take flight among fellow Twitter sinners. Labour's @lucianaberger speaks out on the frightening Tory-led cuts to #mentalhealth services. #CameronMustGo pic.twitter.com/INYe8Dd1s1 — Gabriel Scally (@GabrielScally) November 23, 2014 Labour legend Dennis Skinner speaks out about the Tories and UKIP. Retweet if you agree with him @shirleykay11 pic.twitter.com/Q2xnUFPNdG — Scott Nelson ️ (@TheMockneyRebel) November 24, 2014 #CameronMustGo because Owen Jones is right. pic.twitter.com/xwnu93E1cb — Jo (@noush555) November 24, 2014 PMQs verdict/review/in short – and then just listing your party's attack lines. If watching Prime Minister's Questions with Twitter by your side, it is common practice to give your snap "verdict" on the exchange. This means politicians and supporters of both Cameron and Miliband's parties give us the same review each week: summing up their party's attack lines. Sometimes "privatising the NHS" is exchanged for "tax-cuts for millionaires", but each week is pretty constant. #PMQs summed up... Cameron loves Bedroom Tax He hates Mansion Tax Thinks there's no A&E Crisis & is panicking about more defections to UKIP — Dr Éoin Clarke (@LabourEoin) November 19, 2014 Nazi/Communist references. This is the GCSE school of politics tweets: linking rightwing parties with Hitler, and leftwing parties with Marx. @UKIP pic.twitter.com/DR7rPegnJh — Dom Anderson (@DomAnderson_1) October 29, 2014 For our Labour lefty friends. Karl Marx as compared to the Blessed Margaret who delivered real prosperity for the UK. pic.twitter.com/TngGlllNyd — Syd Lloyd (@SydLloyd) November 19, 2014 Orwell references. Well, really it's just the one reference: They "looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again... ". A favourite accompanying picture for this one is the Prime Minister with a pig for a face, but, as seen below by one inventive tweeter, it can equally be used to say something cynical about the Labour party: 'White van man looked fm pig to man, and from man to pig, from pig to man - it was impossible to say which was which" pic.twitter.com/qA4lwlkKne — Xlibris1 (@Xlibris1) November 21, 2014 › This War of Mine: an unflinching game of civilian life and death in a city under siege Subscribe More Related articles Owen Smith calls Jeremy Corbyn "a lunatic" Jeremy Corbyn's Virgin video is a Jennifer's Ear for modern times After his latest reshuffle, who’s who on Donald Trump’s campaign team?