Twitter argument erupts between former MP and Green Party press officer
A GREEN Party press officer who became embroiled in a Twitter spat with former Stroud MP and Labour Party politician David Drew believes it was wrong for him to call her ‘deluded’.
Nimue Brown was involved in a Web-based war of words with Mr Drew on the popular social networking site after he responded to a Tweet by Green Party District councillor Molly Scott-Cato recently.
Referencing a newspaper article about Labour’s stance on welfare cuts and implying the party should adopt a more progressive policy, Cllr Scott-Cato, who leads the Green group on Stroud District Council, asked: “What is the point of Labour?”
Her Tweet prompted a swift reply from Mr Drew, who said: “Much more point than the Greens which has no roots in working class politics.”
When Stroud Green Party’s new press officer Ms Brown wade into the debate, with the comment: “My Gran was a Labour councillor. I’m Green because I see more social justice from Greens than Labour”, Mr Drew responded simply: “Deluded then.”
A heated exchange then followed between the pair about the roots of the Green Party and the influence of various thinkers on modern day Labour policy.
During the brief tête-à-tête (or Tweet-a-Tweet as it could be called) Mr Drew accused the Green Party of having ‘no history’ but it was the allegation of delusion that angered Ms Brown.
“I know I'm probably old fashioned and whatnot, but I like political debates that are about issues, not name calling, and where people bother to get their facts straight, rather than shooting off unfounded accusations,” she said.
However, Mr Drew brushed off the episode and said he was merely making a legitimate criticism in a manner which was consistent with the cut and thrust of contemporary political debate.
“I was making the serious point that the Greens are not grounded in working class politics and that there is a whole other group of people that they need to recognise and reach out to. It wasn’t a personal attack,” he said.
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