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Stella Creasy, social media, and politicians with ‘hinterlands’

21 March 2014

Politicians like to insinuate that they have a ‘cultural hinterland’ — a range of interesting interests beyond Westminster. Take Stella Creasy, the MP for Walthamstow, who describes herself as an ‘Indie Kid’. This morning she read a Telegraph post by Peter Oborne about modern politicians being too inexperienced and dull. ‘Think of Healey; Crossman; Crosland; Jenkins; Callaghan; Castle and others,’ wrote Oborne. ‘They had knocked around life far more than the modern generation. They were much broader in their interests: at home in arts, academic or military life almost as much as Westminster.’

‘Whatevs,’ answered Stella on Twitter. She was already, it so happened, having a Twitter conversation on one of her broader interests, The Cure:


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She was then engaged in two simultaneous Twitter-offs, one about Indie music, the other about whether politicians are too bland. On the latter, she decided, ‘think it’s trite to demand we be entertainers/campaigners/social butterflies when job surely shouldn’t be about us’.

Having reached that conclusion, she went back to discussing The Cure. Am I a terrible cynic? Or was Stella trying to have it both ways? And if ‘the job’ isn’t ‘about us’, why has she spent a good part of the hours between nine and noon, on what should be her constituency day, discussing her favourite ‘choons’ on social media?

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  • Hexhamgeezer

    Stella Creasey looky-likey #1. Irene Hume out of Prelude.

  • aron lipshitz

    For a female Labour politician she is very easy on the eye, most of them look like Gorbals Mick with slightly more hair, however she has the same bitter attitude to the world as the rest of the “sisters”–is it due to some past disappointment or foreknowledge of one yet to come?

    • shebamurphy

      They know what we need, and are determined to give it to us whether we want it or not.

  • shebamurphy

    Cannot stand the woman. Never could like her and her sanctimonious eyebrows.

    • Ooh!MePurse!

      Sanctimonious eyebrows! I like that, and it’s a perfect description.

  • Ken

    What a narcissist.

  • Pitkapoika

    100%Labour. Nothing else to think about.

    • post_x_it

      I’m not sure. I can’t stop thinking of her as a female Lembit Opik.

  • post_x_it

    What’s this hashtag “#indiemp”?! FFS, this woman is so desperately sad and desperate, it’s not even funny.

  • La Fold

    Indie Kid? Youre a bloody grown woman.
    Also this girl is about 5 minutes older than me before any one asks.

    • AB

      I’m not sure why she doesn’t just go the whole hog and do a job swap with Jo Whiley.

  • Will Honeycomb

    Spot on, Mr Gray

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