I, in common with many bloggers and twitterers who are genuinely concerned that corruption has become rife in our political system, retweeted a couple of photographs of the HOC – one showing an almost empty room and one with it overflowing with enthusiastic MP’s. The message was something like “Look at how few MP’s were concerned about debating the Minimum Wage – and how many were concerned with debating the wages of MP’s.” It was a simple and powerful graphic way of making a point. And Lord knows Twitter loves stuff like this.
There’s just one problem. It wasn’t true. See this article in The Spectator for an analysis.
The menace of memes: how pictures can paint a thousand lies
29 November 2014
Of course it’s hard to go and verify every twitter message that resonates with us, before we bounce it back out there. But for something like this we really need to have some way of identifying a source, and getting a second opinion. I certainly feel chastened by this … and realise I have to be much more careful. The last thing we want, as we go forth trying to make a better Britain, is to be telling the truth by using lies.