Uber Twitterati Kerry McCarthy (pictured, with a word or two from her fans) has broken the law. She twittered postal vote details. The Electoral Commission says that this is a crime. The evidence of her wrongdoing is all over the interweb.
But, in true
Let us imagine that I shot my neighbour. In the face. With an Uzi.
Ranty: "Hello. Is that the police?"
Ranty: "Just shot my neighbour. In the face. With an Uzi".
Dibble: "You bastard. We'll be right there".
Ranty: "Steady on mate. I'm sorry".
Dibble: "Oh! Well why didn't you say earlier? I pictured a day of reports, interviews, arrests, charges, meeting with the Procurator Fiscal, perhaps a little beating for you, and the inevitable press call. But now that you've apologised I can get on with my bacon sammitch. Mind how you go. Bye".
Ranty; "Morning boss. You know that confidential tender I have been working on for the last ten days? I sent it to all our competitors".
Boss: "What?!! Your ass is on the line here. I may fire you. Gross misconduct".
Ranty: "Hang on, hang on! I apologise".
Boss: "Cool. Talk to you later then, you rascal you."
This is what she had to say:
"In a statement released by Labour, Ms McCarthy said: "On hearing the results of a random and unscientific sample of postal votes, I posted them on Twitter. It was a thoughtless thing to do, and I very quickly realised that it was not appropriate to put such information in the public domain.
"Because this was not official information, and no votes had been counted, I thought of it as being akin to canvass returns, i.e. telling people how well we were doing with Labour promises on the doorstep, but I appreciate now it was wrong to do so. I have personally called the Returning Officer at Bristol City Council to apologise, and assured him I have removed the information as quickly as possible, within a matter of minutes. He has advised that it would not be lawful for anyone else to publish the information, for example, by re-posting my original Tweet."
EDIT:-Forgot to add the source
So that's alright then. She didn't break the law after all. She was just "thoughtless". See how she swiftly reminds everyone else that if they publish HER tweet it would be unlawful?
EDIT2: You can watch the movie here courtesy of Fido.