The twits

Hello. Hope you’re enjoying your summer. Yes, it has been a few weeks since our last post, but suffice to say we’ve been quite entertained by the World Cup, the Tour de France and the local chap from Dunblane who did rather well in the tennis. Oh, and the European Championship athletics start tomorrow…

Several news stories have caught our attention recently. Disturbingly, the gap between life expectancy of the rich and the poor is greater now than at any time since records began. David Cameron’s coalition government isn’t as green as was promised (not an encouraging start for the “greenest government ever“). Stirling Albion has been bought by the Supporter’s Trust, subject to formal approval by members (votes in by Wednesday, folks!). Missing former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been found. The government is to “save” £3m a year by scrapping the Sustainable Development Commission, whose final report found that hundreds of millions of pounds could be saved if government departments wasted less fuel and energy. And then there’s Stirling Council’s Local Development Plan

With all this going on, we really ought to start using the internet to vent short bursts of opinion.

Our arrival on Twitter may be as timely as that of the Great Prophet Zarquon in “The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe”, but at least you can’t accuse us of rushing to join in with every passing fad. There is, after all, the nagging suspicion that Twitter is just another way to waste time: today’s equivalent of CB radio in the early Eighties but with the added thrill of Stephen Fry telling the world every time he has a cup of tea.

And then there are the politicians. As well as those who use the service to exercise sheer stupidity (making David Cameron’s careless “too many twits” quip seem particularly shrewd), there are others who not only put you off Twitter but make you want to cancel your broadband subscription too. The Miliband brothers, for example, seem remarkably adept at making 140-character messages read as though you’re trapped in a stuffy room while an especially tedious speech drones on beyond the two-hour mark. It really is difficult to adequately describe the feelings of soul-crushing ennui one suffers whenever The Independent reprints their “tweets”.

Having said that, we’ve been won over by the benefits of Twitter. It’s another way of networking and sharing information, and it gives the potential for short, sharp updates on what we’re up to. If you’ve already signed up, you can now follow us @stirlinggreens (once again, apologies to our Clackmannanshire readership for having to shorten the name). We’ll keep you informed of local campaigns, events and updates to our website, and you’ll get all the news in the run up to next year’s Scottish Parliament election. You can also use Twitter to tell us about any local issues in your area.

Follow us and we’ll promise not to tweet at the dinner table.


~ by stirlinggreens on 26. July 2010.

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