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British opposition chief apologises over Twitter gaffe

world Updated: Jul 29, 2009 22:07 IST

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British opposition leader David Cameron, who hopes to become prime minister next year, apologised on Wednesday after swearing on the radio when talking about Twitter users.

Cameron, whose Conservative Party is widely tipped to win general elections due by next June, made the comments when asked if he used the increasingly ubiquitous microblogging site.

"No I'm not. I'm not on Twitter. I think that politicians do have to think what we say, and I think the trouble with Twitter (is) the instantness of it -- too many twits might make a twat," he told Absolute Radio.

A short time later he compounded the problem when talking about the public perception of politicians in London, which has plummeted to a new low following a recent scandal over parliamentary expenses.

"The public are rightly, I think, pissed off -- sorry I can't say that in the morning -- angry with politicians," he said.

Even worse came in a pod-cast made by the radio interviewer, in which he recounted an exchange between Cameron and his female press adviser immediately after the show.

The presenter explained: "He (Cameron) said 'That seemed to go OK.' She (his press adviser) said 'Yeah, apart from the language.