It’s a small faux pas in the scheme of his broader troubles but stood-aside Federal Speaker Peter Slipper looks to have taken a bait on Twitter.
Upon his election as Speaker, the MP for Fisher took to social media like a bear to honey, diving head-first into the micro-blogging world of Twitter. As of this morning he had 5000+ followers – one of them going under the tag @BobCarrFM who was asking after Slipper’s welfare.
The man dubbed “Slippery Pete” assured the tweeter that he was “well thank you”. A casual glance at the profile of @BobCarrFM would have shown the owner’s claim to being Australian Foreign Minister was only an allegation.
Past tweets from the White House lounge room - where @BobCarrFM said he was watching AFL football with a snoozing Barrack Obama (dribbling in his sleep) and a meat-pie scoffing Ambassador to the US Kim Beazley should have told Slipper as much.
On social media, it's always judicious to check the small print.