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The mystery of the ‘collapsed deal’ between the @WelshGovernment and a Covid-19 testing company.

I’ve been trying to find out a little more...
On Sat @BBCWalesNews reported that a deal had collapsed which would have seen the Welsh Government provided with an extra 5000 #COVIDー19 tests per day by an unnamed company...
Early on I was told it involved the Swiss pharmaceutical & diagnositcs company Roche…[a claim backed up by other well-placed sources]
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1/3. On 13 March, @Channel4News reported on a new rapid #coronavirus testing kit - made in the UK - that diagnoses #coronavirus in 10 minutes!

They aren't available in the UK yet.

#NHS staff can't get tested.

But this report shows test kits being sent to Bahrain. #covidー19
2/3. It seems utterly bizarre that boxes of rapid #Covid19 test kits are being exported around the world, whilst frontline #NHS staff have to risk their health without PPE or tests.

It would be great if @cathynewman & #C4News could ask @MattHancock what the logic is behind this.
3/3. Watching this the govt's U-turn is very stark.

"As the WHO urges countries to step up testing for #coronavirus, the UK appears to be adopting a different approach. Ystdy (12/3) it said it would only test people in hospital." #Covid19 #Corona #Covid
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A good day to bury bad news:

"Government’s secret Garden Bridge report withheld from publication"

Grant Shapps' Dept for Transport is refusing to release an internal report on Boris Johnson's cancelled Garden Bridge project

#PoliticsLive @lbc #newsnight
bit.ly/2Ub3eCN
@LBC "The report has been suppressed on the grounds it is protecting the interests of the Garden Bridge Trust, which developed the project but which has has been in liquidation since April last year.

The report is understood to have warned the project had a funding gap of up to £75m"
@LBC "& advised ministers against putting more taxpayers’ money at risk by extending the government’s guarantee of the trust’s cancellation liabilities.

In the same month the report was drawn up, the trust avoided collapse by adding five months to its accounting year"

#PoliticsLive
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Johnson's govt finally publishes *some* economic analysis on a UK-US trade deal:

Economic benefit is expected to be £3.4bn - equivalent to 0.2% of UK GDP*

*This is unchanged from analysis by May's govt in 2018

1/5
#r4today @lbc #newsnight #PoliticsLive
gov.uk/government/new…
The UK economy in 2019 was £2,200,000,000,000 (£2.2trn).

The govt thinks a US-UK trade deal us worth £3.4bn.

This is Brexit's sunny uplands.

2/5
#r4today #politcslive #Newsnight #c4news
Govt analysis says Scotland and North East will benefit the most from tariff free access to US.

Where's the cost of a no deal, currently called an [imaginary] "Australian deal" by our lying govt.?

Here's the 2018 govt analysis.

3/5

@lbc #r4today #politicslive #c4news
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1/6 Disgusted by both the timing and the extent of the coverage given to POTUS's 'peace' plan for the middle east on #r4today this morning at 8.49 (six mins). Important points were raised. The UK government has backed it; POTUS has no real interest in the issues. The betrayal
2/6 plays well amongst his base of evangelical christians who believe that handing Palestine (the 'holy' lands) to the Jews is an indication of the second coming of Christ (it's in the Bible). 85% of US evangelical christians are therefore Zionists (they don't like jews
3/6 necessarily, antisemitism is as much of a problem there as it is across the world) whereas only 45% of US jews are understood to be Zionists.
It's believed #Netanyahu will annex the Jordan Valley on Sunday, he has no time to waste because of his indictment on fraud etc.
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1/
#Thread
#ToryElectionFraud
#ElectionResults2019
#Election2019
Today, I have been thinking about last Thursday.
And I want all sides to read this..
Process it..
And draw your own conclusions.
This is not “lefty tears”.
Nor is it “typical remoaner”.
Read on..
2/
Think back to last summer.
#Maybot resignation.
#Conservatives have a leadership election.
Tory #leave get their candidate #Johnson
That’s the Stall set out.
It begins..
The “die in a ditch” sound bite.
Four losses at #meaningfulvote
Twenty one expelled Tory #remain.
3/
Expulsions.
Defections.
#Greave
#TIG
#LibDems taking Tory overspills.
Parliament is shook, but it isn’t finished yet troops.
#c4news starts to creep into being partisan.
The BBC go full on.
#Peston sells his soul to Diablo.
A corporate takeover.
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Feral gang around Dominic Cummings pumping out smears and deceit - @OborneTweets in coruscating form on #C4News speaking about his cogently argued piece for opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocra…
Hasn’t it always been thus? @krishgm asks Oborne. No completely different scale and nature since Cummings and Vote Leave took up residence in No 10 . Now @bbclaurak and @Peston - Krish gets jumpy at names- and pumping out Cummings’s fake news unmediated. Not doing job as editors
Oborne really hits stride . Tells the story of how @ShippersUnbound became complicit in facilitating Cummings’s smear of Amber Rudd . Accused by an anonymous No 10 source of lying about access to legal advice
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Corbyn, the "sorry I can't help it" thread
1) I know we are in #brexit crisis. I know we have to all pull together to fight the lunatics in nbr 10

But oh my fucking lord I've just watched Corbyn on #C4news

Ponderous, irritable, dull

The worst possible face of anti no deal
2) please, Corbyn supporters, just go watch the clip and tell me you think this man has any place in this fight.

Make no mistake, the Tory lunatics have done this to us but 3 years of hopeless, gutless triangulation and "constructive ambiguity" gave them a red carpet
3) If he had any decency, any integrity, any courage Corbyn would step aside, in fact would have stepped aside months ago.

And now it's possibly too late. His arrogance and the utter fucking blindness of his supporters have helped to bring us here
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Sajid Javid says prorogation of parliament would be "trashing democracy"

@lbc #c4news #newsnight #r4today

In June 2019 Amber Rudd said Boris Johnson proroguing parliament would be outrageous and ridiculous

@lbc #c4news #Newsnight #r4today #bbcpm #PoliticsLive #bbcaq

And here's secretary of state for health and Johnson lickspittle, Matt Hancock, saying prorogation would go against "everything that those men who waded onto those beaches fought and died for"

@lbc #c4news
#wato #Newsnight #r4today #bbcaq #politicslive
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After the #MetPolice tried & failed to frame me & after ex #MetPoliceUK turned private investigators @Surelock_ tried & failed to frame me & my mum, attempt number 3 was #EE & #UKMail. I had never used @EE but they made me their customer

#SwitchtoO2 #o2 #Vodafone #Three #LBC
#EE said I had ordered mobile phones & sim cards & #UKMail said they had delivered them to me (with me showing my passport) at home. I did neither. I didn't order any mobiles & I didn't receive any mobiles. It was a complete stitch up

#dontbuythesun #c4news #r4today #itvnews
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Before becoming a Labour MP, Ruth Smeeth was Director of Public Affairs and Campaigns for Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM), a pro-Israel lobby group established by Poju Zabludowicz, the billionaire son of an Israeli arms dealer. Not a big Corbyn fan. 1/8
After becoming a Labour MP, Ruth Smeeth received a £5,000 donation from Tamares Real Estate, a company owned by her former boss at BICOM, Poju Zabludowicz. This was just a few months before Palestinian rights advocate Jeremy Corbyn was unexpectedly elected Labour Leader. 2/8
A year later, at the launch of Shami Charkrabarti's report into antisemitism in the Labour Party, Ruth Smeeth stormed out of the room, accusing black anti-racism campaigner Marc Wadsworth of insulting her using an antisemitic trope. Wadsworth didn't even know she was Jewish. 3/8
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*FINAL* Guide to pro-Remain Tactical Voting at the European Elections

The aim of the guide is to maximise the pro-Remain vote so that it produces the highest possible number of MEPs.

#marr #ridge #pienaar #bbcsp #WestminsterHour #bbcnews #BBCPolitics #C4News #itvnews #skynews
Since we're trying to maximise the number of MEPs won by pro-remain parties, that means voting for the parties that have the best chance of getting MEPs, not necessarily those you usually support. Brexit's the massive issue that's front and centre this time around.
Brexit trumps party loyalty. It trumps past grudges. It trumps everything. This isn't a winner-takes-all general election. Nobody's forming a government on the back of this. But it's a chance to send a loud, clear message.
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More Old Bailey Sophistry from Codpiece Cox admitting that in order that today's vote is NOT an attempt to repeat #MV2 (to comply with Speaker Bercow's re-iteration of 1604 convention) it is also NOT a #MV in sense of #EUWA18 Section 13.1.b

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate #VictoriaLIVE #LBC
Attempt by Codpiece Cox to scare House into voting in a #MeaninglessVote for #WA (only) solely to secure the offered (actually only technical) extension of #BrexitDay from Apr 12 to May 22 sans guarantee of any other extension. Sophistry.

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate #VictoriaLIVE #LBC
Of course, if the House falls for Codpiece Cox's scare tactics, none of this will figure in future utterances by #TheresaMay's #Brexihadis - the headlines will scream 'Parliament approves #Brexit arrangements' (sans qualification or caveat).

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate
#VictoriaLIVE #LBC
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I see @jessphillips is on the telly yet again, issuing ultimatums to Jeremy Corbyn. Get over yourself, Jess. You're not that important. He'd probably be glad to get rid of you. And since when has the Palestinian flag been antisemitic? Joan Ryan isn't even Jewish. #c4news
I mean, how many times has Jeremy Corbyn said antisemitism has no place in the Labour Party? He's said it so many times, it's getting boring. Corbyn can't be held responsible for trolls who aren't even Labour members. Less than 0.1% of 500,000 members is not a crisis.
I wonder how many of the lynch mob will still be in the Labour Party this time next week.
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THREAD: Seaborne Freight won a £13.8m government contract for extra ferry services in the event of no-deal Brexit. But #c4news can reveal that no contracts have yet been signed with either Ramsgate or Ostend Port.
Seaborne's chief executive, Ben Sharp, was formerly a director at another shipping firm called Mercator, which provided armed escort vessels.
Mercator shut down in 2013. But one company told us it still owed them $290k. A second company said it lost over $1m. Mr Sharp denies the allegations.
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This all started because the #MetPolice & #LBRUT couldn't do their day jobs properly & decided to take the law into their own hands. It started as a small cover up 12 years ago but has turned into British State Persecution.

#Skynews #BBCNews #DailyMail #Guardian #Euronews
My company was raided. It should have been a straightforward matter. But the #MetPolice & #LBRUT forgot to seize my computer & came back to do a 2nd raid. The search warrant didn't permit a second entry, however, #LBRUT entered unlawfully

#Guardian #Telegraph #DailyMail #GMB #UK
Complaints were then made to my MP #VinceCable. He liaised with the #Metpolice & #LBRUT. And then weeks later, the search warrant was completely changed & was passed off as the search warrant executed on the day of the raids.

#DailyPolitics #Libdems #Conservatives #labour #bbcdp
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The annual cost to the NHS of securing all necessary visas and other documentation for its overseas staff post-Brexit (i.e. under the new immigration regime) is estimated at £490 million. 2/40
rcplondon.ac.uk/news/490-milli…
Panasonic is moving its European HQ from the UK to Amsterdam (the legal aspects of the move were completed in October 2018, as the £200 million capitalised UK company was absorbed by Panasonic's Dutch entity). 3/40
techcrunch.com/2018/08/30/pan…
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Steris PLC, a company with $2.6 billion in annual revenue, is planning to redomicile from the UK to Ireland due to Brexit. What that means is that, as an Irish company, the Irish tax authorities will collect its taxes going forward and not HMRC. 2/50
seekingalpha.com/filing/4225572
8 health providers have warned of medicine shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit: "we do not believe that the current medicine supply plans will suffice, and we will have widespread shortages if we do not respond urgently." 3/50
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Steven Gerrard just pulled out of #C4News interview.

Told by personal staffer- not Rangers- we couldn’t ask certain questions including about Neil Lennon and sectarianism. Then she disappeared.

Been waiting for him here for hours. Nobody even told us in person it was off.
Interview was arranged through maker of new film about Steven Gerrard’s life.

Minutes before he was supposed to arrive I was told by Gerrard’s representative what he would and would not talk about.

We had an amicable chat. She went off. Not seen her since.
We agreed interview would mostly be about issues featured in the film.

I said I’d like to explore what Steven Gerrard’s wife says about him being an emotional person.

I was told not to reference his wife directly and instead say ‘in the film it says you’re an emotional person.’
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Brexit: An "open letter" to MPs (PDF version at end of thread)
Brexit impacts EVERYTHING. If you care about austerity but not about Brexit, you don't truly care about austerity. 1/30
#bbcnews #BBCPolitics #C4News #itvnews #skynews #5news #bbcpapers #skypapers #peston #Newsnight
If you care about Universal Credit, but not about Brexit, you don't truly care about Universal Credit. If you care about mental health, but not about Brexit, you don't truly care about mental health. 2/30
Brexit will spread like a virus into every aspect of life, making us poorer, less competitive, more isolated in the world. Your heart can be so full of compassion it threatens to burst, but if you don't care about Brexit, you don't truly care about your country. 3/30
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The truth about Brexit, the "EU is punishing us" narrative & what "no deal" actually means... (1/19)
#bbcr4today #gmb #r4today #bbcbreakfast #victorialive #politicslive #LBC #bbcnews #C4News #itvnews #skynews #5news #bbcpapers #skypapers #peston #bbcqt #itvtonight #bbctw #bbcaq
The EU isn't punishing the UK for Brexit. We are punishing ourselves. Losing all the benefits of EU membership IS punishment. Just like no longer being able to use the fitness equipment or the weights is punishment for quitting the local gym. 2/19
You might well put on weight because you cancelled your gym membership. But you wouldn't turn around and say "Hey, the gym's punishing me for leaving by making me fat!" That's the consequence of losing your gym membership, not the fault of the gym. 3/19
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Here's the truth about Brexit, the supposed "punishment" that some people claim the EU is trying to inflict on the UK, and the real consequences of no deal. Buckle in, it's quite long. Better to be thorough than to leave stuff out! 1/15
#bbcnewsnight #skynews #c4news #itvnews
The EU isn't punishing the UK for Brexit. They're merely following the rules of the EU club. Losing the benefits of EU club membership IS the punishment. In the same way as no longer being able to use the weights or fitness equipment is punishment for quitting the local gym. 2/15
You might well put on weight because your gym membership lapsed. But you wouldn't turn around and say "Hey, the gym's punishing me for giving up my membership by making me fat!" That's the consequence of losing your gym membership, but it's not the fault of the gym. 3/15
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