One of the most bitter election campaigns will be in East Belfast. In 2010, Naomi Long of Alliance took the Westminster seat. It was a surprise. She rode the perfect storm of DUP Scandal and a divided unionist vote.
The DUP have made it a priority to win back East Belfast…the jewel in their crown. They hit back hard over Alliance taking their fleg down at Belfast City Hall. And Alliance have been the victims of loyalist violence on their offices.
Naomi Long has of course more balls than any of her Alliance colleagues….with the possible exception of Anna Lo. And if Naomi loses East Belfast, she wont be going down quietly.
According to David McCann at Slugger O’Toole…Naomi has been getting some online abuse and has gone public and is reading out the tweets on a video. Presumably she has decided that playing the “victim” card will benefit her campaign.
Let me be clear. I find the abuse of politicians of ANY Party to be an absolute disgrace. The Internet in general and Twitter especially have cheapened political discourse. For about three USA Presidential Elections and maybe four British General Elections, the Internet has been hailed as making a difference to Politics. It probably does…and it is probably negative.
So Naomi …understandably…seeks to turn this to her electoral advantage.
But I could not help notice that Naomi Long has 11,900 followers on Twitter. This indicates that she uses it (or her staff uses it for her) to get her political message across to a large number…a VERY large number of people. Certainly looks like she and/or her staff dont decline a request to “follow” her.
So…perhaps oddly…Naomi Long is following only 325 people on Twitter.
Obviously famous people have more followers than the not-so-famous. It is the “Big Fish” and “Small Fish” thing. Naomi Long seems to be a rather big fish, who is rather more interested in her own opinions than other peoples opinions.
Reading out the mean tweets is a stunt.