David Blackburn

A shaming episode

A shaming episode
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The Culture Secretary would be advised to keep his fingers to himself. Following Wednesday’s Twitter gaffe, he let fly on Twitter once again. His target was David Cameron’s demolition of the state. All Bradshaw hit was Cameron’s dead son Ivan. He tweeted:

‘the camerons got good nhs care thanks to Labour’s investment and reform. Is this the ‘big government’ the derides.’ (sic)

Bradshaw then issued a clarification, not an apology, on Twitter: ‘it wasn’t meant to be offensive. Point is they will the ends but not the means. Need positive government to deliver these things.’ (sic)

Twitter is an internet gimmick, not the floor of the House of Commons, and as such, it is not the medium for ministers to debate policy. Labour’s fixation with the internet, emergent technology and its electoral possibilities has often shown the party at its worst. Labour’s end is to discredit Conservative arguments, but their means are personal attacks – policy has been relegated. Bradshaw's position is unedifying and poorly thought out and irrelevant. He is preaching to the converted on the NHS - Cameron has pledged increase NHS spending. If using the tragic example of Ivan Cameron to debate policy with the boy’s father is not recognised as being offensive, then Bradshaw should not be in government.