Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Notes on a(n alleged) scandal

Since about 11pm on Sunday night, Twitter has been an absolute delight. Time to summarise some of my favourite responses to #piggate...

It turns out that Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror wasn't the only thing to eerily foreshadow the whole affair - a Los Campesinos! T-shirt design from earlier this year was equally prescient. Sales of the original raised £6,000 for the Trussell Trust, the Refugee Council and Child Poverty Action Group, so the band's question to Twitter, "Reprint?", was somewhat rhetorical.

While Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite seemed to be finding everything extremely amusing (he wasn't alone there - I sat cackling away in front of the computer well into the early hours), Cassetteboy posted a trademark response so quickly that you might almost have thought he had it ready and waiting for when the occasion presented itself.

By contrast, Susie Dent, permanent resident of Dictionary Corner on Countdown, was accused of passing up the opportunity to choose a topical word of the day, but responded with both wicked wit and faux diplomacy: "well to 'enfarce' is to stuff a pig. Perhaps best left there".

Finally, new Lib Dem leader Tim Farron proved that he's not above ignoring the gossip or dealing a low (and mocking) blow to one of his heavyweight political rivals, commenting: "I've never been more pleased to be a vegetarian". With that sort of jibe at Cameron's expense, he may yet win back voters and oversee a Lib Dem revival.

(Thanks to Simon for the Cassetteboy link.)

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