Shortly after the General Election, I feared the new makeup of Parliament would prove toxic for Brexit. The Government, I thought, wouldn’t be able to pass laws either to implement Brexit sensibly or prepare for a “no deal” collapse in talks. The EU, seeing our dilemma, would offer Britain a dreadful, take-it-or-leave-it deal as the only alternative to crashing out. I’m not quite as pessimistic as I was, but last week the Government ran into the first roadblock that I was worried about.
Gosh, the Left likes thinking about itself. Like a self-absorbed bore at a dinner party, its disciples love nothing more than a loud session of self-analysis. Sometimes the results are rather funny, at other times tedious, but there is one constant: a steady drip of Leftie angst into Britain’s cultural life.
What an incredible amount of fuss about a simple cough. It is truly a measure of the Conservatives’ fragile psychological state that, last week, serious figures in it were plotting to remove the Prime Minister because she had a bad cold. We’d tell a child in that situation to get a grip. But we seem to be trapped in a grown-ups’ nightmare. The Right is confronted with a popular, Marxist opponent and has no idea what to do. In normal times, Tories would have staged a coup by now.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".