Politicians really like to Tweet. And we really like to screengrab what they say and write stories about them. Here are some of the best, and worst, tweets of 2012.
David Cameron joined Twitter and was trolled immediately by everyone.
Michael Fabriant quit as a government whip allowing him to speak freely for the first time in ages. He joined Twitter and was a delight.
Everyone loved the Olympic Opening Ceremony apart from Aidan Burley.
Welsh secretary David Jones definitely did not inform the world that he had just been promoted to the cabinet on Twitter by mistake.
Alec Shelbrooke MP, Northern Island minister. Dam.
George Galloway was elected the MP for Blackburn, wait no, for Bradford. Or something. It was a 'B' town anyway.
Ed Miliband was eating a sandwich and got confused.
Chris Heaton-Harris for the LOLZ.
Nadine Dorries went into the I'm A Celeb jungle and her daughter took over her Twitter account.
But Louise Mensch, who quit parliament to move to New York with her family, was not impressed.
And in the United States President Obama made fun of Clint Eastwood and then won an election.
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Boris Johnson On A Zipwire
This entry was as inevitable as the sheepish grin on the face of a Mayan doomsayer on 22nd December. In an effort to promote Britishness and post-zipwire testicle checks, Boris threw himself off a platform in Victoria Park and managed to make himself look like a cross between a patriotic conductor and a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/01/boris-johnson-gets-stuck-on-zip-wire-picture_n_1727753.html#slide=1314194">particularly inept daddy-longlegs.</a> Classic Boris.
We Brits were a touch proud about the Olympics. So the last thing we needed was some rich Yank slagging us off and suggesting we couldn't pull it off. Enter Mitt "the Gaffer" Romney. It was worth it though to see <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/26/boris-johnson-mocks-mitt-romney-infront-of-60000-strong-crowd_n_1707112.html">Boris Johnson mock him</a> in front of 60,000 people.
Jeremy Hunt's Bellend
What better way to show off how manly you are standing on a huge, hard battleship than throwing your bell-end at a woman. Hunt, we salute you, (but only for this).
Julia Gillard "Stacks It"
We could have given this slide up to the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/09/australian-prime-minister-julia-gillards-smackdown-tony-abbott_n_1950663.html">absolutely beautiful misogynist bashing</a> that Australian PM, Julia Gillard, gave to minister, Tony Abbott. But instead here she is smooching grass.
Nadine Dorries In The Jungle
Testicle-chomping parliament absconder, Nadine Dorries, returned home from her jungle jaunt to find herself, potentially, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/26/im-celebritys-nadine-dorries-back-uk_n_2192235.html">out of a job.</a>
Ed Miliband "Blackbusters"
When Bob Holness died the whole country reflected on the career of one of the nations best-loved quiz show hosts. Except for Ed who presumably reminisced on a career of alphabetised racial lynchings.
Grant Shapps Opening Doors
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/07/grant-shapps-tries-to-evade-michael-crick-video_n_1946871.html">All the wrong doors, </a>but doors none the same.
Rebekah Brooks' Leveson revelation that David Cameron used to sign off his text messages with 'LOL', believing it meant "lots of love" sparked a flurry of suggestions for other <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/11/cameron-and-brooks-start-_n_1508817.html">possible Cam-gaffes.</a>
Andrew Mitchell proved his down-with-the-common-people credentials when he <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/03/andrew-mitchell-police-federation_n_1934834.html">allegedly called police officers</a> who asked him to dismount his bicycle as "plebs". In his defence though, his bicycle is from the same era as his attitudes and it is quite hard to get off a penny farthing. Mitchell was forced to resign, although the latest evidence suggests his use of the word "Pleb" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/18/andrew-mitchell-downing-street-police-plebgate-_n_2324257.html">could have been fabricated </a>by a "witness" who was actually a police officer.
Mitt Romney 47%
"My job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." In just 24 words, Mitt Romney managed to alienate <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/05/mitt-romney-in-47-seconds_n_2076873.html">47 percent</a> of the American electorate. In an ironic twist, Romney lost the election when he only gained (a presumably different) 47% of the electorate. We finish with one from across the pond just remind ourselves that everything in America, even their gaffes, is bigger.