There are two thoughts that flow from this insistence that, for the sake of their fragile mental health, Members of Parliament should quit Twitter and certain other forms of social media:
MPs should quit social media to protect their mental health, the parliamentary health watchdog has said. The Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service has said that politicians being active on Twitter is the “equivalent of dipping their private parts in honey and exposing them to angry bees”.
The comments, which were reported in the Spectator, came after wellbeing staff became increasingly about MPs’ mental health, as they are increasingly criticised for the actions on Twitter.
The first being a certain surprise at the idea that there is anyone looking out for the mental health of MPs. Our own assumption has always been that any form of sanity test would lead to an empty chamber.
The second is, well, what are those MPs doing there anyway? Rather the point of being one is to represent the Great British Public. And if you’re of a mental fragility that you cannot deal with the Great British Public in all their vituperative glory then why did you bother to stand for election in the first place? Perhaps something both more useful and more peaceful would be better suited to your talents – race marshall at the shelled gastropods regattas perhaps?