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The social media – Facebook, Twitter, even blogs like this – are going to play a much larger part in this election than any before it, but it seems some people are already watching like hawks for behaviour that can rightly be dubbed silly.

So congratulations are due to the gentleman who described as “scraping the barrel” yesterday’s story about the UKIP follower who accused Ed Miliband of being a Muslim who wants to impose Sharia Law on the UK.

Here’s his tweet:

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Mr Smith is quite correct – from a certain point of view.

What a shame he wasn’t around when Robert James McNeill, who described himself as a member of Labour’s Scottish Policy Forum and vice-chair of East Lothian Constituency Labour Party (but is not, now, in either position) tweeted the following:

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It’s a call for people to vote tactically in order to stop the SNP taking seats in the general election and, in fairness, almost nobody took it seriously. It wasn’t Labour policy (because that is for people to vote Labour) and it was put out by a single ‘loose cannon’ acting on his own.

The SNP took it seriously, though – even going as far as to put out a press release demanding that Labour’s leader in Scotland, Jim Murphy, make a statement about it.

What’s that again, Mr Smith? “One guy says something on Twitter and it’s a story? Talk about scraping the barrel”?

Quite correct.

Thank you for lending some much-needed perspective to the behaviour of these hysterics.

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