Technology pushes political agenda
Yesterday, internet pranksters caught out Alan Duncan. Today, we've seen a different kind of technology pushing the political agenda.
Daniel Hannan, the right-wing Conservative MEP who scored his own hit on YouTube earlier this year, appeared on Fox News in the United States last Friday to talk about the NHS - you probably know that America is engaged in a torrid debate about President Obama's proposals to introduce an element of public provision in healthcare.
In his interview on Fox, Mr Hannan made disparaging comments about the health service: as well as earning him a telling-off from the Conservatives' shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley, a growing number of people have since joined a Twitter campaign lending support to the NHS.
Those posting include the prime minister, his wife and various cabinet ministers. "#welovethenhs" has become one of Twitter's "trending topics" - which, for those us who are not technologically savvy, means it's a subject that's gathering pace.
Rumour has it that Graham Linehan, the author of Father Ted, started the groundswell. Whoever it was, it's another fascinating example of how quickly, and how directly technology can respond to political events, and how it can help people to take part.