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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.

Making yourself heard in politics

Holyrood may lack the level of boorish shouting and heckling found at Westminster, but as Sandra White MSP discovered, parliamentarians can still have fun at the expense of others.

The official record reads as follows:

The Deputy Presiding Officer: Hang on, Mr Martin. Sandra White has a point of order. [Interruption.] Can Sandra White’s microphone be turned on, please?

Members: No.

The Deputy Presiding Officer: Order.

Hat tip: Stuart Maclennan

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