Flowers and tributes left for David Bowie at an impromptu shrine in Brixton

Daft celebrity mourners have made 2016 the year of the ‘Tearleader’

19 December 2016 15:27

Despite my ‘difficult’ reputation, I am a cheery cove in real life, all the more so as I get older.…

How social media won the day for the Donald

19 November 2016 9:00

There are plenty of theories about how Donald Trump pulled off his shock victory. But however he did manage to…

What’s Twitter really worth?

1 October 2016 9:51

Can Twitter be worth more than Deutsche? On Tuesday, as rumours swirled of possible bidders for the microblogging site, the…

No, thank you, Officer, I will not think before I speak

28 May 2016 13:44

As my daughter was preparing for her AS level exam on 1984 this week, George Orwell’s dystopian classic loomed back…


Nicholas Soames’ Twitter account is a miracle (and so is his diet)

19 May 2016 13:04

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…

Reading Festival 2012 - Day 2

Is Zayn Malik as delighted as I am by Azealia Banks’ Twitter ban?

13 May 2016 14:22

There aren’t too many things I have in common with Zayn Malik, but as of this week, we do at…


Does Big Brother Watch need to keep an eye on Twitter’s Nick Pickles?

11 February 2016 17:21

This week Twitter has announced the launch of a new Trust & Safety Council measure which aims to prevent users from…


Twitter’s new ‘Safety Council’ makes a mockery of free speech

11 February 2016 11:54

If you think it’s only crybaby students who set up safe spaces in which they might hide from gruff words…

Attendees at the 2012 Hipster Olympics in Berlin (Photo: Getty)

Are hipsters the new aristocracy?

5 February 2016 16:36

I love Twitter. Just like the historian Dan Snow, I find the social media site to be an overwhelmingly positive…


PMQs sketch: Cameron’s ‘b— word’ sets off a Twitter-quake of offence

27 January 2016 17:23

Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t changed his clothes since Christmas. He arrived at PMQs today in his dependable outfit of non-slip shoes,…

Shadow cabinet reshuffle

Team Corbyn left red-faced over Berlin hostel Twitter ‘hack’

13 January 2016 9:09

Over the weekend a number of strange tweets were emitted from Jeremy Corbyn’s Twitter account. The Labour leader appeared to…

Jeremy Corbyn speaks on a phone handed to him by a member of the public outside a cafe in Edinburgh.

Labour’s social media clampdown should be the least of its worries

23 November 2015 18:23

Labour appears to be obsessed with its image on social media. If the general election result taught us anything, it’s that…

Red's Hot Women Awards

Louise Mensch adds yet another Twitter gaffe to her list

22 August 2015 10:41

Louise Mensch has once again become the subject of much ridicule online over something she has tweeted. The incident occurred last…

Plates on shelf above white Aga oven in country kitchen

Having an Aga doesn’t make you posh

11 August 2015 10:26

‘I already hate Sam. He’s too chavvy.’ Can you imagine the outrage that would kick off if someone said that about…

Royal Opera's controversial new production of Rossini's William Tell. Photo: Clive Barda

Boo the knee-jerk reaction to William Tell not the rape scene

1 July 2015 13:05

‘I blame Princess Diana’, was my guest’s response to it all. Certainly, there is much we might lay at the…

twitter mensch hitchens

War of words: Louise Mensch vs Peter Hitchens (or could it be Steerpike?)

19 June 2015 15:07

While Mr S is used to reporting from the sideline on Twitter wars, he tends to refrain from taking part…

TIm Hunt.

How can University College London be taken seriously after the Tim Hunt affair?

14 June 2015 20:14

Question: which comes out worse from the Tim Hunt affair – the lynch mob on Twitter which brought him down,…

Craig Raine's poetry has been the subject of Twitter outrage today

Can Twitter not cope with a slightly fruity poem?

3 June 2015 15:58

Something incredible happened today: the Twitterati – used to passing mob justice on telly, celebs and politics – turned their…

Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Andy Burnham’s barmy online army

29 May 2015 10:03

Andy Burnham’s campaign has ensured he remains the current favourite to be the next Labour leader. Part of his nascent…

President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Meet At The White House

Obama gets personal on Twitter. Will Cameron follow suit?

18 May 2015 18:10

With an increasing number of Twitter accounts for politicians and celebrities run by staff rather than the subjects themselves, the…

(Photo: Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle)

She’s wrong, but Katie Hopkins has a right to call migrants ‘cockroaches’

20 April 2015 17:32

I know we’re all supposed to be spitting blood over Katie Hopkins’ Sun column about African migrants. In fact, anyone…

Don't mess with this woman. She's a Tory MP

Ditch the gym. The key to fitness is boxing

20 April 2015 10:30

A well-trained boxer is the most thoroughly conditioned human in the sporting world: there is no other sport that demands…


The General Election 2015 viral video chart

14 April 2015 13:24

Last week, the Greens released ‘Change the Tune’, a party political broadcast on YouTube. It features actors playing Cameron, Clegg, Miliband…


Keep trolling the politicians, Twitter

27 March 2015 15:55

A politician’s life on Twitter is rarely uneventful. I have written in defence of all the goodwill and positive communication…

A poster can make of break an election. Image: PA

Voters want visions, and powerful posters deliver them – not Twitter

26 March 2015 18:07

If no-one was very excited about the launch of the Lib Dem’s election poster this morning, it wasn’t just because…