Huhne in massive #twitterfail

huhne fingerprints

Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has made an embarrassing social faux pas this evening by accidently tweeting a private message to all of his 7,837 followers.

Puzzled tweeters received the following message:

“From someone else fine but I do not want my fingerprints on the story.C.”


This sparked immediate speculation over the twittersphere as to what the ‘story’ referred to in the message could possibly be and why he wouldn’t want it traced to him.

@njhamer No, just break the one arm. He needs the other one to sign the witness statement

@hofflimits: NO, no – first, see what you can get for the kidneys. Should get £5k the pair. Don’t forget to cut the hands off

@BBCPeterH: Another Hobnob, Chris? Don’t mind if I do – but keep my fingerprints off the tin. C

Not everyone is amused though, as John Mann the Labour MP for Bassttlaw has announced he has submitted a freedom of information request for all of Cabinet Minister DM’s (Private direct messages on Twitter).

BBC political reporter Peter Henley managed to speak to Mr Huhne at his office when the MP claimed the message was for one of his staff regarding a ‘local story’ and he wasn’t embarrassed at all.

Peter Henley suggested the story could be Eastleigh News  coverage of remarks made by Nigel Farage when he was last in the town – which appeared be the source of Mr Huhne’s cabinet colleague Theresa May’s controversial story about an immigrant and a cat.

One Eastleigh tweeter aged 54, who did not wish to be named, reacted angrily to the news:

“I was going to unfollow Chris Huhne because his rare tweets are usually of little interest.

It’s amazing how many journalists of his generation fail to understand the  opportunities Twitter offers and treat it like some sort of gimmicky alternative to email”

See also:

Peter Henley: Chris Huhne’s finger prints on mis-tweet

  5 comments for “Huhne in massive #twitterfail

  1. Matthew Myatt
    October 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I just love these JAM stories. So funny when someone as cleaver as Mr Huhne gets covered in it. I called his office seconds after the Tweet to speak with him about the tweet but I was told by the chap in the office that did not have his twitter running so he could not comment and Huhne was in a meeting. So who was he sending the message to if the guy in the office had his Twitter turned off.??

  2. October 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Mustn’t laugh too much.
    Its so easy to make this sort of mistake…

    My guess. Look out for news of some obscure Lib Dem backbencher trying to get Nick Clegg replaced as party leader…!

  3. Rodders69
    October 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Calamity Chris now claiming tweet was in response to a local story.

    What local story would that be?

  4. Peter Stewart
    October 8, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Perhaps Chris is cleverer than you think;-)

  5. October 12, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    oh please peter do me favour! Huhne and intelligent? not so! intelligent would be him seeing the light via the people of his constituency who have been pouring on the pressure for a referendum and his continued head in the sand refusal! because …’he knows best’ this arrogance will be the sword that chops him down but he is not intelligent enough to see that .

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