MPs don’t seem to know how to talk to journalists anymore

Just as celebrities started ‘clapping back’ on social media a few years ago, politicians can now reach out to the public without having to go through the press first, writes Marie Le Conte

Tuesday 25 January 2022 15:58
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<p>Dehenna Davison posted a video on Twitter, captioned: ‘If you’ve ever wondered what life as an MP is like, I give you this’ </p>

Dehenna Davison posted a video on Twitter, captioned: ‘If you’ve ever wondered what life as an MP is like, I give you this’

Imagine, for a moment, that you awoke one morning from uneasy dreams and found yourself transformed in your bed into a Conservative member of parliament. Unfazed, you decided to go about your day; go to your office, start replying to emails from constituents, and so on.

Say that, at some point, you received a message from a political journalist considering writing a story about something related to you. Would you:

  1. Politely reply to that journalist privately?
  2. Ignore them and hope for the best?
  3. Decide to publicly tweet about the exchange, apoplectic that a reporter had dared to do their job by attempting to hold you, a public servant, accountable?

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