Seems a Surrealist managed to hack into Labour’s press team’s Twitter account yesterday, giving the impression that Ed Miliband had come up with his most revolutionary policy so far.
‘Everybody should have his own owl,’ said the tweet that quickly took flight on social media.
One tweeter said: ‘We had hoped our compulsory owl guarantee would be a head turning policy, but sadly it’s no longer going to take flight. #tweettwoo’.
Another, Lucy Vine, said: ‘You know… I think a free owl would actually genuinely make me vote Labour.’
More serious-minded observers pointed out that it would be a policy unlikely to find support at the Treasury, as baby barn owls cost around £80 each.
To provide one for all 63million people in the country would cost £5billion a year, or around 5 per cent of the entire budget for the NHS.
But if you think that’s expensive, just consider that the Trident nuclear weapons system cost £5.5 million in 2010-11… and is projected to cost £37.5m by 2015-16.
What would you rather have – weapons of mass destruction over which you have no control, or an owl ?
Sadly, Labour politicians have no more imagination than their opponents, so it’ll be back to stealing ideas from the Tories and UKIP.