One of the more annoying twitterers is Hamish Price. His tweets are regularly spun so far his eyes must be watering when he hits the tweet button. And they are so lame. If Hamish is National’s foremost twitterer amongst its supporters it has problems.
Over the weekend he sent this tweet.
It wasn’t even funny. But what was really appalling was that the photo was a year old. And the young person with Jacinda was a cancer survivor.
It was pointed out repeatedly to Hamish that the photo was a year old. But he kept the tweet up for quite a while and did not delete it until the complainant went public. The detail is in this article by Lana Andelane at Newshub:
At the time of writing, the post had been liked more than 180 times and retweeted 62 times.
On Saturday night, Madgwick responded to Price in an impassioned public Facebook post, claiming the man’s tweet – which he since defended as “lighthearted” – was an “outright lie”.
“Please stop using my photo you had no permission to use, to further your political slander. The photo was taken a year ago. I was not tackled to the ground by Jacinda Ardern’s bodyguards. You have outright lied to the public,” she responded alongside the same image.
“My name is Olivia Madgwick from New Plymouth Taranaki. In 2019 My stepdad Francis Kelly took me to this [Labour] meeting to share my story, as I have dealt with a brain stem tumour and fluid on my brain and with that we got a picture as it inspired her.
“I posted this on [Jacinda’s] supporters’ page as I have been told so much how we look like sisters. If you want to follow my Facebook page (Liv’s Lane) which goes into a bit more detail about myself not at all her doing any non social distancing [sic]. I only left my house finally last week.
“That is the truth behind this photo.”
Hamish could have done the good old Catholic response, admit he was wrong and apologise for the hurt caused.
Instead he did a bit of a woe is me.
While Hamish is on his on his social distancing crusade he may want to check out this particularly interesting example.
I hope Hamish keeps up his current approach. Kiwis are clearly tired of dirty politics.