North-west Durham Labour MP Laura Pidcock knows a thing or two about the influence of social media. After an interview with the SKWAWKBOX in which she rocked the cosy Establishment by stating her intention not to socialise with any Tory MPs because of the damage they are doing to her constituents, Ms Pidcock was the news for weeks during the summer, as the Tories in Parliament and the media set up straw men to attack her over in an attempt to defend the status quo.
Media interest is still high, though this time in a more positive way as Owen Jones interviewed her – tongue in cheek! – about sending Tory MPs to the gulags and about why the Establishment is so shaken by the effectiveness of Labour’s social media activists.
In the first short clip, which was tweeted by the excellent I was a JSA claimant account on Twitter but which we’ve uploaded here with subtitles, Ms Pidcock says why she thinks the Tories can’t do social media activism – and takes a justified if guilty pleasure in the abject failure of their attempt:
In the second, which Ms P tweeted herself, she shares Jones’ amusement over his question whether she would send Tory MPs to the gulag – a dig as the deliberate, straw-man over-reaction of the Establishment media – but becomes deadly serious as they discuss the dire impact of Tory policies on the people in her constituency:
The Tories may be terrified of Labour’s social media activists, but they’re no less afraid of some of Labour MPs who refuse to be drawn into the cosy Westminster club – and it’s easy to see why.
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