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Politics is not without its theatre

There were two very high-profile Twitter exits by MPs this past year. I rather enjoy the juxtaposition of the two, particularly since the MPs have more in common than just their departure from the microblog service.

In his Huffington Post op-ed, NDP MP Charlie Angus co-credited a tweet  “I hate you asshole – and you sing terribly.” as part of his motiviation for leaving Twitter.

Being on Twitter is like being badgered by a drunk on a 24-hour bus ride.

In fact, Mr. Angus’ entire essay seems well crafted for his partner-in-departure… NDP MP Pat Martin. His even higher-profile use of and departure from Twitter made headlines, again, recently. It wasn’t the first time Mr. Martin put his keyboard in his mouth. In fact, Mr. Martin has a reputation for speaking from the hip no matter the forum.

@CTVMercedes I’m not ‘worked up’ so much as ‘fed up’ with the rat faced whores in the CPC
who neglect to invite me to ancemnts in my riding

Politics is not without its theatre.



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Mark Blevis is a digital public affairs strategist and President of, an integrated digital communications, public affairs and research company. His work focuses on the role of digital tools and culture on issues and reputation management. He also leads research into how Canadian opinions are shaped through online content and interactions.
  • larrylawfer

    I think the real mistake is thinking any politician is beyond being human and having human reactions. The reality is that we are all flawed, but we hope for better from those in the public eye. The sad joy for many is watching others fail. Personally I would rather cheer success than failure.