Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) accuses political opponents of ‘scrutinising each and every one of our 1,732 candidates, monitoring every social media output over the last few years’ to look for comments embarrassing to UKIP.
If there are ill-chosen words in the Tweets and Facebook comments of UKIP’s candidates he cannot blame UKIP’s foes for finding them. They are stuck with their injudicious comments. We all have our reputations made or potentially destroyed by our on-line presence. Our stuff is out there and it would be hard to delete all traces.
Our comments are our responsibility as are our reputations. If we have no self-control how can people trust us any more than the political candidates who shoot their mouths off on-line?