Yesterday while browsing Twitter I saw this tweet from Jeremy Greenbrook-Held, whose claims to fame include not only running very good local campaigns but also being randomly savaged in some late night tweeting by National List MP Joanne Hayes.
He tweeted this.
And I felt the urge to write some poetry:
It was the day of Christmas
And all through the house
No one was stirring not even a mouse
Except National’s social media team
Who thought it a good day
To delete all the crazy stuff their MPs on twitter did say
It was weird that there was this concentrated effort to remove likes and retweets occurring on Christmas day. And some of the deleted tweets (thanks Politwoops NZ) were pretty innocuous. Things like retweets of people signing National petitions, also known as the harvesting of email addresses.
But then it became clearer. The deleted tweets were from prominent #TurnArdern book burning members. People like Colin Wilson aka Coltheman, Gentle Breeze, Chubbs the Kitten, CGT is a hate crime, Teacher of Trades, and Whale Hunter.
And clearly National’s social media team have a Borg like control of MPs’s social media. Matt King gave the game away:
It must be a real kick in the guts to the turn around crew dedicated in their desire to address child poverty by turning magazines and who have recently decided to become book burners to be ostracised by the politicians they love and adore. But clearly even National realises the turnaround campaign which is morphing into a book burning campaign is a pathetic silly idea.