170223 Corbyn social. There is no denying that social media has changed the face of modern day politics, by providing an important tool for self-expression, it transports our politicians to the face of their critics, everyday Facebook and Twitter are a wild baying crowd constantly praising or discrediting our leaders.
From the Scottish referendum to the hounding of Donald Trump, social media has played an important part in all of them, and politicians have had to get to grips with how to effectively use it in order to mobilize support. The labour leadership race was no exception, with Jeremy Corbyn being announced as the winner on Saturday, there is no doubt that that storm he created on social media (both positive and negative) played a huge role. From the moment he announced his intention to run for labour leadership, social media exploded.
Users attempted to differentiate Corbyn from other political figures, some in more serious ways and others in ‘fandom’ based parody accounts like @sexyjezzacorbyn. Jeremy Corbyn asks David Cameron 'questions from public' Jeremy Corbyn asked David Cameron questions emailed to him from the public as he tried what he called "a different" style for his debut PMQs.
Labour's new leader said he wanted the weekly sessions to be less "theatrical" and Mr Cameron agreed there should be more focus on "substantial issues". Mr Corbyn asked about housing, tax credits and mental health service cuts. The BBC's Norman Smith said it was much calmer than normal but the PM had not been put under any real pressure. Speaking to the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg later on Wednesday, Mr Corbyn insisted he would not campaign for the UK to leave the European Union, while vowing to fight any moves towards a more free-market relationship.
Full coverage and analysis of PMQs in text and video 'Resounding victory' He said: "I thought at my first PMQs, I would do it in a slightly different way... How Jeremy Corbyn is winning the social media battle. The jokes, he said, were not supposed to be coming from any political perspective, but, he admits, they were an attempt to "take the piss out of his earnestness".
The Twitter account now has over 20,000 followers and the political position is clearer - Mr Sinclair is a Labour supporter who thinks the party will not get into government if Mr Corbyn becomes leader. At the beginning many of Mr Corbyn's supporters got in touch to say they enjoyed the jokes, but as the days went on the comments began to turn. #JezWeCan: why Jeremy Corbyn gets the social media vote. Often, when a new political figure enters the bigger picture, there is a period of time when they are impossible to satirise.
Unless they’ve got an unusual haircut or a particularly silly voice, their personal and professional eccentricities don’t immediately come to the surface. And, in the case of Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, it is because those eccentricities have been blasted away by a machine that requires them to be as slippery and faceless as possible at all times. No so with Jeremy Corbyn. If you had to build the perfect politician for social media, it would be him. Physically, he stands apart from his rivals – he is older and shabbier, face covered with a scrub of beard and shirt pocket rammed with an entire staffroom’s worth of biros. All this helps to make Corbyn an easily identifiable underdog. And this adds up to internet gold.
At the time of writing, the hashtag #JezWeCan is being used once every 25 seconds on Twitter. Except it didn’t. Can Jeremy Corbyn ever be funny? Only on my joke Twitter feed. Last week I was watching the LBC Labour leadership debate, when Iain Dale asked a final, throwaway question: “What music would you play at your victory rally?”
Andy Burnham named whatever band it was that he was supposed to name; Liz Kendall went up approximately 3,000% in my estimation by choosing an obscure recent Public Enemy track; Yvette Cooper made a rather good gag about the candidates forming an Abba tribute band (the dark one, the blonde one, the bearded one and the other one – ouch, feel that burn, Andy). And Jeremy Corbyn, well, Jeremy Corbyn leaned into the microphone as if he was about to launch into a low-tempo harmonica solo and said “I would play Imagine by John Lennon.
I think it’s a wonderful piece of music and a wonderful piece of poetry.” I don’t laugh out loud very often, but I laughed out loud. How earnest, how serious, how humourless would you have to be to choose Imagine for a victory parade? And maybe that’s the secret of @corbynjokes’ brief success. The loony Left is back – but the Tories would be crazy to be complacent. Seamus Milne wouldn't condemn Bin Laden and spoke up for Lee Rigby's killers, TOM RAWSTORNE. From the moment he was appointed, Seumas Milne's ability to grab the limelight — for all the wrong reasons — quickly became apparent.
Back then, a year ago, the spin doctor accompanied his new boss to Labour Party headquarters for a television interview about the situation in Syria.