Posted by: Closed Circuit13/07/2012
You might have thought that, like being in space, when you are on Twitter no-one can hear you scream.
Housing minister Grant Shapps and his shadow Jack Dromey have certainly been having a good go at disproving this theory, however. Of late, if either of the honourable gentlemen learns a new piece of information they have capped up the word fact – or FACT! as they would have it – to give their utterances extra emphasis. Closed Circuit reckons this is the Twitter equivalent of shouting on a street.corner.
Mr Dromey had several FACT outbursts last week including the ‘FACT’ that ‘there were 2 million MORE homes by 2010 than when Labour came to power in 1997.’ Not to be outdone, Mr Shapps responded with a vocal FACT barrage of his own. Closed Circuit’s favourite was ‘FACT: there are currently 210,000 people aged 16-24 who are social housing tenants’, but there are many shouty classics for readers to choose from.
Fact: A more sedate form of delivery is just as effective and better for the blood pressure.
The media-savvy housing minister must be used to a few quips from the opposition about his frequent TV appearances, but you’d think he could expect some support from colleagues.
Not so, it would appear. The minister’s parliamentary private secretary Jake Berry told a meeting organised by housing group East 7 last week: ‘Grant Shapps would have loved to be here this morning, but he is doing some interviews as minister for Daybreak [ITV’s morning breakfast show].’
The final thought for the week goes to Jo Dean, external director at Nottingham’s Community and Voluntary Service and a volunteer at Framework Housing.
‘I flicked through an office supplies catalogue and found a body fluid disposal kit,’ she Tweets. ‘What sort of office???’ Ms Dean clearly hasn’t witnessed the frightful scenes at Closed Circuit towers if a spelling mistake creeps into the final printed copy.
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