We want chatter, not Twitter in the House of Commons

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Of course MPs want to be seen to be hip and all that but allowing them to use Twitter during Commons debates is really not a good idea.

I’m all for our elected representatives trying to engage with us more.

And not everyone wants to watch their long-winded ponderings on Question Time.

But there are two problems with using tweets to get across your political point.

The first is that you’re restricted to just 140 characters, so complex issues will be reduced down into meaningless sound bites.

And the second is that the chamber will soon look like a sixth form common room – full of distracted-looking people, hunched over their iPhones and Blackberries, competing to see who can make the wittiest aside.