Ms Cushion replies…

Today as been quite eventful. It all started when I saw a tweet that Tony Curtis had died RIP. In his honour I asked Twitter which avatar I should wear for a “tweetalongasomelikeithot” in the afternoon..  My Gangster, Captain or the Drag Act one I made for #altff (alternative follow friday).? Twitter chose the Drag Act.. Ivana S Uckuoff as she is fondly known ; )

I never got to have the tweet-a-long in the end sadly as I was distracted rather by Nadine Dorries’ latest blog post… here it is in full:

Twitter Obsession

Posted Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 10:57
I will post my article in Iain Dale’s book shortly, with his permission. In the article, in which I very clearly define the reasons why MPs should not blog or Twitter (yes, I know ) I mention someone who has posted 22,000 tweets in four months.
Today, someone has emailed my office with the details of a political/personal Tweeter who has posted 35,000 tweets in a similar amount of time.
I’m going to have to set up a Twitter account again so that I can check this out for myself!… Not.
 
Dorries didn’t name me as the “scrounger” but I have a feeling she would have had she gone ahead and published the Iain Dale blog post.  That is not the point I want to address however. 
 
As you know, I am currently awaiting 2 operations on my feet as arthritis has crippled them.  I have waited since March for these operations, sadly the hospital has been relieved of its “18 week guarantee”, thanks Coalition. I struggle to stand and walk, I also have arthritis in my neck.  I am a home carer. I love my job although the pay is dreadful and working with dementia clients can be as distressing as it is joyful.  My company are holdng my job open for me, I wish I could work from my chair at home but sadly the clients cant come to me!
 
I miss working.  I also miss walking. I miss days out with my kids. I miss going to their sports days and plays.  I miss having the life I took for granted just a year ago.  But I have Twitter and I thank God for Twitter every day.
 
Twitter gives me a social life, every morning without fail @Ivan_Jelical wishes me good morning, then it begins.. I struggle to talk on the phone as my grip is bad and my neck hurts so I “chat” on Twitter to pass the time. I also raise awareness for issues I feel are important, make daft avatars and terrible jokes, write blog posts, proof read for friends and manage other blogs for friends and communities.  You could say, I get by with a little help from my friends….  they are my rocks and I would be lost and lonely without them. 
Twitter has even given me a “real” social life. I’ve found some locals online and we meet up every few weeks for “tweet-ups”. Sometimes a “twandoori”, other times for Steak Night in my local.  I love these nights as for a few hours I feel relatively normal, although I have to sit with my head propped up and feet on a chair!  I stagger home afterwards with a big grin on my face, not from alcohol but that’s just how I walk these days!
 
I am deeply saddened by Nadine’s comments about tweeters.  I know many people to whom Twitter is a lifeline, a distraction from pain /depression /generally shitty lives..  
I look forward to reading the post she blogged about, the one that will appear in Iain Dale’s book about why MPs shouldn’t tweet nor blog..  I feel she has answered that question herself quite succinctly today though…
Back to Dorries’

Is there such a thing as Twitter addiction? How can anyone live a normal life who can do that? Surely these people cannot be in employment because if they are, how can they work? if they aren’t then it’s time they got a job which involves being sat at a key board because there’s nothing much up with their fingers, brain or attention span!!

I wonder if very soon someone is going to identify a Twitter syndrome and we get to read about people who have become compulsive Tweeters. Will we hear stories of people who Tweet, oh I don’t know, say 50 times a day and need to go into re-hab?

I will put money on that being a Daily Mail story one day. In the meantime, do you know of anyone else who has Tweeted more than 35,000 times in less than six months? If so, email my office and let me know. Or, better still, if it’s someone you know is on benefits, contact the DWP.

For a laugh, I tweeted that oopsie, she’s caught me..  what followed is in equal measure hilarious and disturbing.. http://order-order.com/2010/09/30/nadines-twitter-scrounger-expose/#comment-737859

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37 Comments

  1. […] while on benefits to the Department of Work and Pensions. She went on to pick on someone who was waiting for surgery for arthritis on both feet for their prolific use of […]

  2. […] while on benefits to the Department of Work and Pensions. She went on to pick on someone who was waiting for surgery for arthritis on both feet for their prolific use of […]

  3. […] while on benefits to the Department of Work and Pensions. She went on to pick on someone who was waiting for surgery for arthritis on both feet for their prolific use of […]

  4. […] Cushion responds to the smears of Nadine Dorries and Guido […]

  5. […] August, following my birthday.  I had around 1000 followers at the time I think and it was “pre-Dorries-law” days.  Throughout the day I was inundated by birthday greetings, which was both lovely […]

  6. […] the terribly formal collective left-wing blogs, of course, but rather in comments on CiF and in a thousand and one personal blogs across the internet. CiF’s comments are an interesting case; there, the […]

  7. […] links to a post from the vile Paul “Misguidoed Fawkwit” Staines, who names the target as a ‘Ms Humphrey Cushion’. Cushion suffers from chronic arthritis and, at the time of writing, awaits an operation on her […]

  8. […] Cushion responds to the smears of Nadine Dorries and Guido […]

  9. […] Tweet anger followed yesterday, and some good blog ripostes, such as these by blogger Mind in Flux, Ms Humphrey Cushion and Liberal Democrat activist Andrew Reeves. Reeves […]

  10. It seems to me that Dorries is a straightforward schoolyard bully, attempting to pick on people that she perceives as weaker than herself. Unfortunately for her, she seems to have picked her target very badly this time.

    Very best wishes for your treatment and recovery. Well done for calling out this dreadful woman. People who stand up to bullies on behalf of us all deserve the support of all of us.

  11. All the best to you, fabulous Cushion. You’re a very decent person, as anyone who has the pleasure of following you knows.

    I’m surprised Dorries wanted to discuss snouts in the trough – she has a very poor record in that department. I’m also surprised that Guido hasn’t called her on that, given that he’s such a fan of honest politics.

  12. […] 1 10 2010 There’s been a lot said so far about Nadine Dorries here, here, here, here…. to name but a […]

  13. can i just say how disgusted i am at this horrendous woman saying such things about you! it is an absolute disgrace that an elected member of parliament can make such prejudicial statements.
    my father is an MS sufferer and i find any such comments distasteful and hurtful.
    how dare she presume to have any idea what disabled people go through on a daily basis.
    i for one, will be complaining to every single person i can about this stupid woman.

    best wishes to you, and keep up the great blogs !

  14. What you’ve now learned Ms Cushion (lovely blog BTW) is what happens when you back Tim Ireland and (very sensibly) agree with much of what he writes regarding Staines/Dale/Dorries.

    They are punishing you for having the temerity to stick up for Tim and they will do it publicly, privately and with venom and vigour.

    It’s proof, if proof were still needed, that when Dorries and Dale scream “nutter/stalker” its them doing their best to smear others rather than allow people to have a good hard look at them.

    Fair play to you Ms Cushion for your attempt to hold Nad to account regarding her treatment of Tim and I think it’s truly despicable and a stain on the post of MP how she’s taken the low road to get back at you.

  15. Well now she is trying to smear you as a pornographer on her blog. You have put a real bee in her bonnet, it’s like the Politics of yesteryear when smearing was the first thing you do to an opponent… oh wait, that still happens doesn’t it? Maybe the people of Bedfordshire should get up and fight to have Nadine Dorries deselected before she paints them all as Bigots and Morons like she is.

  16. Dorries and Dale and their ilk are truly disgusting individuals. They are a waste of oxygen, with no talent or distinction at all. Anybody can be mean-spirited, callous and elitist – Iwhat do THEY actually do that is so worthwhile?
    Humph, your tweets, blogs and so on are always extremely entertaining and you always go out of your way to be helpful to others. Furthermore there is more actual substance in what you write than anything those two morons produce.

  17. I have spent this morning catching up with this whole episode and am quite frankly astonished that an MP could so publicly attack one of her constituents based on hearsay & assumption & a quite obvious personal dislike of Ms Cushion.

    I myself have been off work since March after suffering a shoulder injury in a car accident. If it wasn’t for my friends on Twitter I would have probably lost my marbles by now. Ironically, I’m off because I can’t type properly & the pain medication that I’m on makes me groggy. I assume that using Mrs Dorries’ reasoning, I should be back at work since I’m able to Tweet (and I wonder exactly what degree of medical training Mrs Dorries has that qualifies her to assess the medical fitness of people that she’s never met?) One of the people I follow is housebound with MS and yet she can still Tweet. I wonder if Mrs Dorries would like HER to get a job typing? Another person I follow has some mental health issues and I know uses twitter as a lifeline to the outside world, a world that she often feels unable to cope with. Maybe SHE ought to get a job typing too?

    I had never heard of Mrs Dorries prior to this incident but have formed an impression of someone who is harsh, unsympathetic, judgemetal,opinionated, shallow, cowardly & hypocritical. Rather like her American counterpart, Mrs Palin.

    Perhaps in future Mrs Dorries should take the time to familiarise herself with all the facts surrounding an issue before blundering into it in such a spectacularly inelegant fashion.

    n.b. It has taken me 3 hours to type this because I can only do a couple of lines at a time and my hand is now completely numb. But I’ll be fine to work though?

    • Dorries was a nurse, though I, too, wonder how she can be so certain about people she has never met.

  18. A very restrained and dignified response. Well done.

  19. […] tweeter in question has written a very good response to Ms Dorries.  Well worth a read.  It backs up a lot of the points I tried to make […]

  20. […] has a job: she’s waiting for an operation so that she can get back to work as a carer. She writes: ….I am currently awaiting 2 operations on my feet as arthritis has crippled them.  I have […]

  21. […] has a job: she’s waiting for an operation so that she can get back to work as a carer. She writes: ….I am currently awaiting 2 operations on my feet as arthritis has crippled them.  I have […]

  22. […] has a job: she’s waiting for an operation so that she can get back to work as a carer. She writes: ….I am currently awaiting 2 operations on my feet as arthritis has crippled them.  I have […]

  23. […] Ms Cushion replies… Today as been quite eventful. It all started when I saw a tweet that Tony Curtis had died RIP. In his honour I asked […] […]

  24. An honest and heartfelt reply to an unworthy post by an elected representative.

  25. I was particularly disgusted by the Guido Fawkes blog post naming and attacking you. Where the fuck do these arrogant, ignorant pieces of shit get off thinking they can judge whether someone is disabled, and deserving of benefits, from reading someone’s tweets? Absolutely outrageous.

    Still, at least it shows was low and despicable excuses for human beings they really are.

  26. Obviously writing 140 characters a few times a day is the physical and mental equivalent of full time work. And if you can read a blog post from the comfort of your own bed, you should obviously be able to run a marathon. As for reading a real live broadsheet newspaper with all the effort required with large, unwieldy pages, well you should be able to climb everest.

  27. This is among the nastiest things that Dorries and Guido have been involved in, out of a whole bunch of pretty nasty things. I am genuinely distressed on your behalf – and impressed at the composure with which you’ve responded.

  28. I have to say, you are far and away a much better writer than Nadine Dorries and far more dignified too.

  29. Peter B

    I have declined to post your comment as it was insulting and would only serve to add to the smear campaign about Tim Ireland.

    HC

  30. “Im so angry about Nadine Dorries behaviour today, and particularly the comments on the Guido Fawkes website”

    Heartily seconded. I’m also gobsmacked at how little respect they have for their readers, as if Fawkes weren’t fed the name he ‘found’ by Dorries herself

  31. Sorry to hear about all those horrible health problems, Humph. Hope you get the problems sorted out soon!
    Ignore Nadine. She’s just a Tory. What do you expect? Compassion? Understanding?

  32. Well Said Ms Cushion. I know we fell out on Twitter a little while back which in hindsight we shouldn’t have but I know exactly where you are coming from with Twitter being a lifeline.

    When I was personally attacked in my home by a psycho neighbour a couple of months ago, it was twitter pals that phoned me and made sure i was OK, twitter pals that supported me and gave me advice and twitter pals that helped me through the subsequent trauma and shock. I didn’t leave the house for nearly 6 weeks and was in the depth of a depression and anxiety period that is only starting to lift now with the help of antidepressants (something else twitter pals helped me with). One twitter pal even drove all the way from Hampshire and helped me move house when the big day came. Others have smply been there for me when i have ranted and raged and got it all off of my chest, in many cases saying things I could not say out loud to ‘rea’ people in case they thought me mad.

    In short, Twitter has been my saviour these last few months and I find Nadine Dorries comments to be disgusting and disrespectful to the good things that happen on Twitter and those of us that depend on it for support and friendship when we cant socialise like other people.

    Thanks for this post and I hope you get the right help you need to sort out your health problems.

    Spidey

  33. But of course your basic mistake here is in introducing facts and truth into the discussion.

    Neither are concepts that Dorries is particularly acquainted with, as her expenses claims demonstrated.

    Your friends, and I hope I’m one of them, know the truth about you.

    And anyone who follows politics knows about Dorries and her little attack dog Fawkes. Bet her party will be pleased to know they are still up to their stupid games. At least you’re in well-known company. You and William Hague, there’s a couple I never thought I’d see!!

    If the woman had any capacity for self-analysis, she might step back and ask herself whether it’s a good thing to be associated with the likes of Fawkes and the buffoons who comment on his blog.

    You keep tweeting humph, and we will keep tweeting right back.

  34. Everybody* knows Nadine Dorries is a Grade A, Class I who wouldn’t recognise compassion or companionship unless she could put in an expense claim for it. You’re a star, Humph and you’ve helped me personally in oh so many ways.

    I hope you get the treatment you need soon. In the meantime we’ll keep each other company by Tweeting in the face of Nadine’s disapproval.

    *Except a few thousand of her constituents.

  35. Im so angry about Nadine Dorries behaviour today, and particularly the comments on the Guido Fawkes website. Vile, the lot of them, They should be utterly ashamed of themselves


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