IN case you thought you had read everything you could about Emily Thornberry’s tweet from Rochester, here’s her brother Ben’s take on the furore. Ben, the tattooed, van-driving builder. Tom Foot interviewed him in a cafe near Old Street earlier and it’s on the front of Friday’s Islington Tribune, the New Journal’s sister paper.
He obviously does not think Emily is a snob, but look out too for his views on social media: “I see my friends sit and take photos of their food and put it on Facebook. I just can’t understand it. People develop a self-importance. Subtlety is lost completely, and irony. Self-deprecating sarcasm, you can’t get that over on Twitter. You can say one thing and mean exactly the opposite. People can completely misconstrue what is going on.”
There you have it, no more pictures of your dinner please.