The General Election 2015 – all the main parties on Twitter

After my post for all of the Twitter accounts for all of main party leaders I have put below a list of all of the main parties and their Twitter accounts:

Liberal Democrat Party




Conservative Party




Labour Party




Green Party




UKIP Party




Plaid Cymru




SNP Leader




The General Election 2015 – All the Main Party Leaders on Twitter

After following all of the main party leaders on the big ITV 7 way debate you may want to continue to follow then on twitter. Not much debate and more electioneering:

Nick Click – Liberal Democrat Leader



David Cameron – Conservative Leader




Ed Milliband – Labour Leader




Natalie Bennett – Green Party Leader




Nigel Farage – UKIP Leader




Leanne Wood – Plaid Cymru Leader




Nicola Sturgeon – SNP Leader



What I learnt from the big ITV political debate

What I learnt from last nights big ITV political debate is that I do not like big TV political debates. For me they are actually quite boring and offer little in any substance to the key issues. Other thoughts:

  • Clearly all leaders are very well media trained addressing cameras, audiences and referring to questioner’s names no doubt as they are told to. But for me this all comes across as fake and contrived rather than sincere.
  • Not much new to learn about policies or what might happen in a hung parliament
  • As you would expect much criticism of each others party and policies with Nick Clegg kick off the debate going straight for his ex coalition partner David Cameron

What it did tell us though is that the political landscape has changed and now more than ever minority parties have a voice and a platform and can play an active role in the running of our country. Hearing and understanding the views of minorities has to be a good thing but how it will affect running a country in a coalition will be interesting to see.

The programme should be easily accessible on catch up services etc but I have embedded the Youtube video below. For some reason ITV have not been able to start the programme at the beginning of the video so it starts at 12:22 so scroll along:

For the Youtube generation who can not watch a full 2 hours of this the BBC have some nice highlight videos just click the key video button after you click on the image below:

Summary and hight light videos on BBS
Summary and hight light videos on BBS

As the debate did not really hold my attention I did look at the tweets with the hashtag #leadersdebate and although more entertaining than the programme, with of course some funny jokes, the twitter coverage was mostly critical and cynical just like the programme. A quick embed of the top tweets below, as per the twitter algorithm and of course there were many tweets.




The General Election 2015

The General Election in the UK officially started yesterday with the dissolution of parliament and the countdown to polling day, May 7th, begins.

With the race being so close this time, between Conservative and Labour it may be the most interesting ever (or of course the most boring depending on your point of view). It could also be the most confusing with the myriad of options of possible majorities, coalitions and minority governments.

Although I am not looking to turn my blog political I thought it would be interesting to regularly post something to help me keep up with different parties and campaigns. Following the election timetable I will try and comment as we go along.

I will also be following the General Election on social media on especially Twitter.

Different sorts of poo..smiley poo :hankey:

I have recently started using Slack a lot more (as part of my mission to remove email).

A funny thing it highlighted to me when looking at the settings are all the slight variations of emoji’s and hence slight variations of emoji poo of course:

Different sorts of emoji

Different standards of many formats have been causing issues in IT, and all technology, for a long time from document formats to the VHS/Betamax war (nobody cares who won that anymore).

So why do I care?

With the success of mobile phones especially Android and iPhone mobile communication and the mobile web it is important that we there is consistency across all platforms. If Android and IOS support emoji’s the so should the rest of the web. With WordPress making up more than 20% of all of the worlds website and the mobile responsive web growing even faster consistent emoji support is important. If WordPress is to be the operating system of the web it needs to support standard formats.

So in comes Twitter and Open Source there set of emoji’s which are now supported by WordPress.com. Emoji support will be coming to WordPress.org soon through the Jetpack plugin

Adding emoji’s on mobiles can be easy but not so easy on Desktops but try the following:
– Mac users on Mavericks or newer can insert emoji by tapping Command + Control + Space while in a text editor.
– Windows users on version 8 or newer have a special touch keyboard with emoji support (see instructions with pictures).
– Windows users on version 7 and below can copy/paste emoji from this cheat sheet.

Twitter release official WordPress plugin

In the last couple of weeks I have stripped this site down to the minimum in both theme and plugins. Just a bit of spring cleaning really and allows me to look at adding things as I need them or want to test them. I had nearly 40 plugins installed and activated and have stripped this back to an essential 6 or 7. As this is my personal site and blog I have often used it to test different things, hence so many plugins.

Twitter has just launched there official WordPress plugin so as a Twitter user I am interested to try this out so will initially test here.

Sound Test on the Blue Yeti

I am looking to record more sound on various projects so I just want to embed some sound tests to see what the difference is. Basic setup of Mac mini with a Blue Yeti microphone with simple pop screen

Soundcloud embed test

Youtube embed test

Clearly the sound quality on Soundcloud is better, bit too good really as it is picking up the smacks and crackles while Youtube is bit duller. Not surprising as Youtube is compressing video and sound to try and reduce bandwidth.

Please not there maybe affiliate links on the above products, and possibly other links on this site, which means that if you were to buy them from Amazon from those links I would get a few pennies although the price to you would be the same. I am not looking to drive traffic to the site to monetise but I am interested in affiliate links an how they work on websites so sometimes I test in posts.

What software I install on a Mac Mini

I have been using a Chromebook for my main machine for about 6 months. In this time I have ‘installed’ many Chrome extensions and even more Chrome apps but not actually installed any separate application software and on the whole, got general day to day, computing I have not missed any software in particular.

I have just setup a Mac mini in my office so I was interested to see what software I installed when I had a blank machine especially after not using much software except a browser:

What have I installed on the Mac mini so far:

Google Chrome – of course my first install was the best browser in the world and once I logged in with my Google account it installed all my extensions and apps
Evernote
Dropbox
Firefox
Kindle – not sure why, not planning on reading many books from my monitor but I was interested to see what functionality there was on the software and see what it showed for book notes
Logitech Webcam software
Pushbullet
Skitch
Spotify
Screenflow
Slack