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Aug 27 2015

More National Coverage on Harrow Council’s Animal Porn Antics

harrow_council_logoAnother day, and another lambasting in the national press for Harrow Council and it’s appetite for animal porn on Twitter.

Having featured in the Daily Mirror earlier this week, the Evening Standard also ran the story, leading with “London council has apologised after one of its social media accounts was found to be following a sickening page dedicated to pornography featuring animals” giving a link back to iharrow.com (which was appreciated, thanks guys).

Next up was getwestlondon, where the Mirror’s John Shammas cut his teeth, which described yours truly as an “eagle-eyed local.” Trailing last in the reporting stakes was the Harrow Times, where work-experience reporter Victoria Oliphant completely omitted to mention iharrow at all. That’s not unusual for Ms Oliphant, as stories on iharrow often find their way into the tatty pages of the Times fairly quickly after they appear here, and this probably won’t be the last time. Only so much news to go round, of course, but a simple credit wouldn’t go amiss.

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”…what next, are the council going to be promoting crystal meth and crack cocaine to school kids?”[/pullquote]However, the best report we saw comes from Gizmodo, with phrases like “The operator of Harrow Council’s @champions_help account…has been rumbled following an extremely grim overseas account dedicated to distributing animal pornography.”

They continue: “It must be pretty boring running a council social media account full of abysmal life tips, FAV/RT questions no one ever responds to and retweeting the weather forecast every once in a while as if the council is somehow responsible for the nice days, but even so. Following an animal porn site is quite the mistake to make.

The comments to the story also make good reading: “This is what happens when you bring in teenage interns to manage your social media output. Will still look good on their CV next to a Duke of Edinburgh award!” Lets not forget that Lambeth Comms won the PR spin-job contract at Harrow Council, so they’re clearly earning their £3,000,000 over four years now.

Many thanks to the papers that carried this story. Now if only the council had bothered to return that phone call seeking comment before we published, this whole sorry mess could have been avoided. Bet you aren’t feeling so smart now, dave, are you?

 

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2 comments

  1. F.D.Billson

    Well done i harrow for showing up this lousy council. Carry on hitting them, they deserve it.

  2. red mirror

    well done paul for (doggedly hounding ) this story but i am afraid it is the tip of the ice berg there are some very twisted sick individuals working for harrow council two of whom i tried to bring to justice and was sacked because management and councillors closed ranks birds of a feather really do flock together perhaps one day the full truth will out . keep going you’re making a difference paul

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