WRITER Ben Goldacre doesn’t actually say ‘Vote Jo Shaw’ but this must feel like a bit of a minor celebrity endorsement for the Lib Dem, less than three weeks before she finds out whether her hounding of Frank Dobson pays off at the ballot box. In a Twitter tweet this afternoon, Goldacre, the man behind the admirable, insightful, brave…. bloody good Bad Science columns in The Guardian, calls out to the student population in Bloomsbury, explaining how Shaw was opposed to the controversial Digital Economy Bill. Dobson, in contrast, voted for it.
This is the legislation which people fear will leave them disconnected from the information superhighway for accidental internet file-sharing and puts the wind right up the clickaroos on campus. The battle for the student vote down in the south of the borough has long been thought of as important battleground for anybody wither serious ambitions of winning in Holborn and St Pancras. Frank has been the big man in the university square for many years, scooping up the support among students in the halls of residence who bother to register. But is that changing….? The clues are in the retweets.