Dan Hodges used to be on call for the media as a ‘Labour’ pundit for negative views of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, before he came out as a Conservative supporter in time to vote Tory in last year’s General Election.
Since then, with his (blue) colours nailed to the mast, he’s continued to write for the Daily Mail, which styled him in last year’s General Election campaign as an ‘election guru‘.
Which makes his tweet this morning expressing astonishment – still – at Labour’s General Election performance amusing and what followed funny indeed.
Hodges tweeted about his enduring mystification at the way in which the political parties missed Labour’s ‘Corbyn surge’:
Of course, not every part of all the parties failed to detect it. Many on Labour’s left – including the SKWAWKBOX – saw it coming early. But Hodges was not the only ‘MSM’ figure to miss it.
But when Twitter user Stephen Smith pointed out that there were signs of the surge for those objective enough to see them, Hodges didn’t resist the temptation to argue:
Cue author Alex Nunns, no stranger to handing out a schooling on social media and known for a knack of coming up with handy – or inconvenient – facts when needed. Hodges initially followed his pugnacious instincts – but it didn’t end well.
It’s a long thread – but well worth reading through:
Even the editor of the BBC’s Marr show was impressed:
And at least one spectator decided to add his own contributions:
Some briefly felt the spectacle had reached its humane limit – but others disagreed and one even awarded a ‘medal’ to Nunns’ ‘cooking skills’:
The whole Establishment got last year’s election badly wrong, of course – not just election guru Dan Hodges.
Which is a lesson worth remembering for any who might be tempted to give too much credence to the way the ‘MSM’ and various pundits and gurus are portraying the political landscape now.
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