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The country loves a #villain when they get stuff done regardless of which rules are broken. But when that villain turns against the mood of the nation, we are reminded that honest values, rules and laws do matter. 1/2
#CummingsCrisis
Hoping this crisis can signal a turning point and time for #calm; to send a clear message to would be villains that this is not how we expect our country to behave. That we are better when we get stuff done in an orderly, organised and truly #responsible way. 2/2
The mood does remind me of #Thatcher's #polltaxgate when a #villain loved my many, had gone on for too long and turned against the mood of the nation. Maybe #cummingsgate does become that historical tuning point?
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A short thread on Tory rotter Cecil Parkinson, illustrating why the Conservative Party must be *destroyed* to save the country… (pic shows him with Mrs Fascister in 1983). 😖✊🇪🇺🇻🇳 #ToriesOut #cad #ToriesLie #COVID19 #Parkinson #rotter #ToryShambles
Parkinson was a chartered accountant, and made a pile of money from establishing Parkinson-Hart Securities in 1961. He then entered Parliament in 1970; a normal career path for a Tory obsessed with money & power… 🙄 #ToriesOut #greed #gross 🇪🇺🇻🇳
As is extremely well-known, Parkinson had an affair with Sara Keays, his secretary in Parliament. He resigned his Cabinet post in October 1983, when news of her pregnancy became public. 😐✊🇻🇳🇪🇺 #ToriesOut #hypocrites #liars #ToryShambles
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A thread about the English Establishment, state psychopathy, #COVID19… and why it really matters how people in power think. 🧐✊🇪🇺🇻🇳#history #ToriesOut #resist 🦠
The popular idea of a colonial official during the British Empire days was of a paternal figure dispensing justice and spreading civilisation, as in the 1935 film “Sanders of the River” (see pic), a grossly patronising tale set in colonial #Nigeria... 😬🇳🇬 #BritishEmpire #Korda
The reality was, of course, very different. Consider the work of Charles Callwell, a British soldier with much colonial experience, pictured here on the WWI Caucasus Front as a Major-General in 1916. #Callwell #SmallWars #ColonialViolence 🇹🇷🇷🇺
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1. Yesterday a journalist described #Mansfield to me as "the first blue brick in the red wall" - something I'm hugely proud of and even more so now that we've knocked it down and rebuilt in blue with some @bluecollartory_ foundations. Here's a why it shouldn't be a surprise:
2. Since I was elected in 17 I've been at pains to try and explain the difference between Labour voters in Islington and in Mansfield. It's not ideological up north, it's historic. Not #Socialism that drove the #Labour vote, but industry.
3. You've only got to watch an episode of #PeakyBlinders to get the gist of why Labour was born as a movement. Protecting workers, fighting for better conditions. Some of the leaders were socialists, but the workers were trying to improve their lot. To put food on the table.
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Power Versus the Press: The Extradition Cases of #Pinochet & #Assange

consortiumnews.com/2019/06/28/pow…
This article is an updated take on a piece published last year.
"Citing the aging Pinochet’s inability to stand trial, the UK in 2000 ultimately prevented him from being extradited to Spain where he would have faced prosecution for human rights abuses."
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Have you heard of #Hotelling’s Law? In a two party system, it says that you get most votes by minimising the political distance between the parties. It’s worked well in the past, but it’s about to bring an end to both #Labour and the #Tory party. 1/n
uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/id…
Hotelling’s law worked really well for Tony #Blair. #Thatcher had moved the Tory party to the right, so #NewLabour had an opportunity to increase its vote share by also moving rightwards. 2/n
Politics had shifted. Both parties held broadly similar policies. Blair’s political stance, although to the left of Thatcher’s, was much further right than any Labour leader previously (or since). Labour was able to capture ground that the Tories had left unguarded. 3/n
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