Friday, 12 August 2011

@LouiseMensch is a fucking idiot

I had an argument with a fellow twatterer about his MP. He said she was one of the good guys and wouldn't hear a bad word about her.

I, on the other hand, explicitly distrust anyone who goes into politics as being someone who thinks they know better than anyone else how we should live our lives. And if you climb the greasy pole far enough to actually become an MP, then you must be a mendacious, bullying cunt of the highest order.

And so it came to pass. First we had:

Northamptonshire Police advise me that much of their time and resources were wasted answering false alarms due to soc media rumours.

Then:

Twitter regularly down for maintenance, and if in a major national emergency police think Twitter and FB should take an hour off? So be it

(Firstly, Twitter doesn't fucking regularly go down for maintenance, you daft bint, it's a 24x7 operation that isn't supposed to go down AT ALL. Likewise Facebook.

Secondly, the only way you can stop access to Facebook and Twitter is to completely disable access to all websites. I'm not even sure this is technically possible. It would certainly destroy every online business in the UK.

Still think it's a good idea?)

Then:

I don't have a problem with a brief temporary shutdown of social media just as I don't have a problem with a brief road or rail closure.

See above.

Then:

If short, necessary and only used in an emergency, so what. We'd all survive if Twitter shut down for a short while during major riots.

How often are you expecting major riots, Louise? Are you privy to some information that us plebs aren't entitled to?

Anyway, there more stupid tweets about maintenance and stuff, and then we get this gem:

And really, stop w/ all the dramatics. Nobody is talking about "shutting down Twitter". It's about listening to police & a couple hours off.

So here we have it: one of the "good guys" in politics thinks it's absolutely fine that the police (the fucking POLICE!) should have the power to shut down everybody in the UK's access to social networking because of a few miscreants that they can't handle. Never mind that in doing so they'd have to cut everybody in the UK off from the web completely. Never mind that it would lay waste to every online business in the UK at the same time.

If that's what a "good" politician thinks, can you imagine what the rest of them think?

It's so true, scratch a politician, any politician and you'll find a closet fascist.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that the questionable activity occurred prior to the riots as a result of people organising. In which case she is not advocating shutting down social media during disturbances but shutting them down before they occur.

Planning a party with your mates: better shut down twitter in case its going to be an illegal rave.

Mark Wadsworth said...

"I'm not even sure this is technically possible."

It is actually, the government of The People's Republic Of China does it, quite effectively apparently, although it takes a full time staff of 10,000 spies.

GLO said...

I thought she was okay until I heard this rubbish about Twitter and Facebook. Why?

1. Used To Co-ordinate Rioters
Both are pretty open platforms so unless you setup a specific closed group chances are someone wil spot you and report you.

They can also be used to give information out as some Police forces were doing.

Great idea - keep everyone in the dark as to what's happening so they phone the Police to find out what's going on.


2. Wastes Police Time
Okay so maybe there were a lot of rumours flying around but then do what Hampshire Police were doing and INFORM PEOPLE.

I also spotted this post from Louise:

@gravyboat1986 was Northamptonshire people scared and calling 999 for no good reason, diverting police time and resources.
Link

So I take it she's going to get BT and all the mobile phone companies to shut down the phones for a couple of hours?


Louise, if I was going to organise a riot I would not use Twitter or Facebook - I'd be texting and calling round people I know and trusted.

This is one of the most ludicrous ideas I've heard in a while.

Sorry Louise, but Obo's right in this case!

Political_Fun said...

Hah! You tell them cunty chops. Obo MP. I'd love to see you beat up Prezza. ;-P

Akvavitix said...

Perhaps stupid cunt Mensch might like to read what Carswell posted about this:

http://www.talkcarswell.com/show.aspx?id=2049

Spot on. It's your failure as a govt. Not the population's fault.

Unfollowing the stupid bitch.