Inept SNP spinners fooled by fake police Twitter account

Blundering press officers from the SNP have sent out a press release praising SNP policy — based on tweets from a spoof Twitter account. Spinners failed to spot the painfully obvious disclosure ‘SPOOF ACCOUNT’ branded across the Twitter bio of @SirIanBlair in capitals letters.

In their haste to advertise apparent praise from London’s former policing supremo, they rushed out a press notice which began:

“The SNP’s approach to policing … has been praised by former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police during an exchange on twitter [sic]”

Blustering on, they lift quotes directly from what they believed to be Sir Ian’s tweets:

But the supposed praise was actually lifted from the hoax account:


After realising the schoolboy error, the release was swiftly pulled from the SNP website. But not content with embarrassing themselves enough, they included a quote from the SNP MSP Sandra White on the tweets.

Doubtless Sandra’s colleagues on the Justice Committee will be looking forward mirthfully to their next meeting.


  1. Richard Paine
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    How stupid.

  2. Barney Thomson
    Posted November 22, 2012 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Isn’t it an offence to impersonate a police officer? (As the tweeter is doing by advertising it as a spoof account)

  3. Ben
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    He’s not a Police Officer though is he Barney?

  4. Barney Thomson
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Ben -

    Once a copper, always a copper.

    It’s to do with the things you sign up to.

  5. william wallace
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    sounds like a branch job fuck em

  6. william wallace
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    the state are desperate and full of scummy corrupt basterds

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