Not if you were a Ukip candidate, it seems.
Over to the Leicester Mercury:
A UKIP General Election candidate has agreed to pay £1,000 to charity after making false accusations against Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier QC.
Clive Langley alleged in a tweet that the former Solicitor General and prominent libel lawyer had made an improper claim for a “very expensive desk”.
In a second tweet he alleged that Sir Edward may have made improper claims for staff expenses to the tune of £133,000.
But Sir Edward said: “My office desk is not mine. It belongs to the House of Commons. The desk at home I inherited from my late mother-in-law. He said the staffing expenses had been authorised and could be seen on line.
He told Mr Langley in a letter: “Both allegations are false and calculated to sow suspicious about me in the minds of the publishees.”I'm not sure what 'publishees' is doing here, but I guess that is why I am not a leading libel barrister like Sir Edward.
A startling feature of this affair is that the libelous tweets were drawn to Sir Edward's attention by the Labour candidate Sundip Meghani.
No one likes a tell-tale, and I am sure there is someone in Harborough Conservatives capable of following Clive Langley on Twitter.
That said, they have not always been at the forefront of technology. I recall the Tories' incredulity when I produced a pocket calculator at the count in Market Harborough in 1985.
As it turned out, we gained the town ward on the county council with such a large swing that I could have done with a mainframe to compute it.