Fraser and Martin have highlighted the sticky political consequences of her Observer piece, but there's a more straightforward problem. A quick search of YouTube will reveal Hazel as a massive hypocrite. She has her own account and the website is littered with this prolific YouTuber giving Brown a run for his money in the new media stakes.
Here she is evangelising about her online prowess:
In this video, Blears is seen cleaning the shelves at her local Tesco:“
"The internet is reshaping the way we do politics ... My department is trying to be a pioneer. I've got a blog, we put videos of important events and meetings on YouTube and there are 2250 people following us on Twitter."
And take a look at this one. She's even got the same rictus grin and disturbing swaying that Brown made his own in that expenses vid:
And finally - if you can take it - this corker has both Blears and Brown gurning to camera: