How not to tweet an obituary

I’m rather fond of David Miliband’s blogging and twittering. But his initial tweet in response to the news of Michael Foot’s death hit the wrong note:

Michael Foot led a remarkable life. I remember meeting him on the Tube in the 80s; for a famous speaker he really listened.

Erm… This is doubtless an unfortunate mash-up of well-intentioned thoughts.  The Foreign Secretary’s next tweet – about Foot’s hatred for apartheid – was back on the mark.   But it’s always a good idea not to insert oneself into tributes to others…