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So I was going to wait with this one. But events are moving fast. The whole Brexit debacle aside, it is entirely possible a Tory leadership contest is on the way.

And you thought Gove was bad. I mean he is, he's pure evil. But still. Brace yourselves.
I was chatting with a few folks tonight about the possibility of Johnson vs Corbyn. My main concern was, and is, the "lesser Trump" narrative. Ken Clarke pretty much exemplifies it here. If Johnson does fight a GE, expect to see a lot of this.…
Of course, this plays into Johnson's public perception - the bumbling buffoon. It is widely known that Johnson intentionally plays this up. So far, he's had success with it. But combined with the lesser Trump narrative, it could be extremely dangerous.
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Brexit: the state of play (Sunday am version). 1/ May will ask for an A50 extension to 30/6/19 but EUCO probably offers 9-21 month "flextension". If latter, May loses all authority in Tory party...
2/ Either way, the humiliation having to stand in EU elections finishes of May's de facto control of government. This is Corbyn's achievement (along with Sturgeon, Price and Lucas) as explained here…
3/ Labour shadow cabinet at odds over 2 ways forward: a) put Customs Union and Second Referendum to separate votes in parliament (ensuring the PV falls) b) Insist they are a single legislative package. Only the latter fulfils party policy...
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#poll If there was a Snap General Election, who would you vote for?

(For other parties, please vote them in comments)

Please RT once Voted! 😃
1997: Blair 13.5mn votes
1997-2015: Blairites/ Others lost 180 seats & 5mn voters
2017: Corbyn 12.8mn votes/ Gained 32


add first time voters (75% of those who vote, vote for Labour)

Subtract 2% of the population, 80% of whom vote Tories!

Labour Landslide on the cards!
Lab’s share of vote could be 14.5+mn

Once we take into account first time voters- 16 or under at 2017

first time voters -never voted before, disenchanted by Blair years whilst

removing Tory support -loss of voters due to old age

=> Lab will gain 100+ seats from Tories alone
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An example of a lie getting half way around the world before the truth has a chance to put its boots on.

I’m fed up of the character smears, but in today’s bizarro world, this week musician spends days libelling me, and for this is called a ‘Star’ by an ex-England footballer 🤦🏼‍♀️
Back in December, off the back of a shower of hate I’d received for posting evidence of the UK’s growing anti-Jewish racism problem with the left, I received this message from a teenage girl telling me I should be ashamed of myself etc...
What followed was a polite exchange from both parties, as we both explained our positions.

Weeks later, as the spotlight on antisemitism, and my part in that grew, this exchange was then used by some other people seeking to discredit me, to smear me as a ‘viscous child bully’.
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THREAD: Plan A, still on course

JCs strategy could soon pay off. Despite relentless waves of subterfuge he is lazer focused on pressuring the Tories on their achilles heel, the EU. For all the critique of his method, no1 can doubt his drive to make peoples lives better. 1/
Ignoring the sabateurs denies them soundbites to endlessly manipulate in lieu of discussing Labour's manifesto. They can't attack him on that. It is what this country wants & needs.
What's perceived as weakness in JC is a refusal to let them dictate his agenda. 2/
The chance afforded by brexit to split the Tories in half is real, rare & imminent. If JC retains the whip till brexit is resolved Tingers cannot come out unscathed. They'll either have to vote FOR makin a JC gov more likely or break the whip, enabling Tories & losing all cred 3/
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THREAD: JCs unwinnable game

So, in line with the Labconf18 motion, the party will back a PV amendment as a last resort IF Labour's deal falls AND May's passes without changes to her plan. There is much to be said for this widely misunderstood move. #Lexit #GTTO #NoPVYesGE 1/
Corbyn has never unilaterally dictated Labour's Brexit policy. Via much needed democratisation he empowered the party to decide, tho his campaign focused on the reforms the EU would need to make for it to be acceptible to a socialist UK gov. 2/
There are central pillars of the EU that favour capitalism over socialism so it seems unlikely it would ever reform enough to meet those requirements.
But remember JC came in on a 200:1 chance, surrounded by Neoliberals. He had to find a route thru the snakepit to power. 3/
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Dear @jeremycorbyn
You have inspired this ex-Tory voter, not only to become interested in politics but also to become a passionate activist within the Labour Party.
Who knew, I was always a Socialist but didn't know it?
Thanks for all the likes, RTs and positive comments.
If you're curious to know how my Damascene moment came about, I wrote about it for @skwawkbox back in 2017.…
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Just a few messages I got yday after tweeting support for @lucianaberger.
The CLP’s motion of no confidence is to do with everything you can think of, including daring to criticise dear leader, but NOT over antisemitism. That’s disgusting, weaponising, shit-stirring! (Obvs)
Definitely definitely 100% not even 1% to do with criticising leadership over antisemitism... 🙈🙉🙊 #GTTO🌹🙄
The CLP of one of the most vocal female Jewish MPs calling out Labour’s handling of its AS crisis, is using its party structure to try to intimidate her and others from speaking out.
Nice vision of ‘democracy’.
Any grown-ups in leadership actually want to fix this? #BeLouder
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Failed Coup in #Venezuela, #US involved?
Jan 22, 2019
U.S. VP #MikePence released a video message in support of the Venezuelan protesters & underline US backing for unelected right-wing opposition leader #JuanGuaido.
Violence in #Venezuela intensifies as #US backs non-elected leader
Jan 22, 2019
Venezuela's Security Forces have detained 27 members of the National Guard caught stealing arms, accusing them of trying to stage a violent #uprising against the #Maduro's govt.

#RegimeChange #BigOil
DEVELOPING STORY👇Turmoil in #Venezuela:
"Unrest is direct result of #US meddling" ~ Radio host Comissiong
Jan 23, 2019
Two people reportedly killed in on-going #protests in Venezuela against President #Maduro.

#RegimeChange #BigOil #USMeddling #Democracy
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I served my country. I saw the horrors war and I was scarred. I saw hate and fear in equal measure. I find it harder since my service to maintain my anger. I react inappropriately at times to the mildest of criticism. I have sought counselling but keep reliving the past.
I never judged someone by their religion, ethnicity, colour or gender. When someone was dying, injured or in distress I reached out to help. It was what I had signed up for it was what I trained for. I thought it would make a difference.
It did make a difference. It changed me it left me damaged because I could not being the suffering to an end. Today the UK feels like the War Zone I left behind. Division, distrust and hate seep from every sinew of our society.
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I’m sick and tired of hearing Tory MPs and political hacks referring to Theresa May as ‘resilient’. She isn’t. Here’s why...

Being on a zero hours contract and not knowing how you’ll pay your rent at the end of the month or how you’ll put food on the table, yet you up every morning to go to work even though you are unsure if you’ll get any is resilient.
Being a trade union rep fighting every day against cuts and attacks only to find that when you win one fight, the next is right infront of you, and you fight it even just as hard as the last one, is resilient.
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THREAD: right here's what I think is really going on with #Brexit:

May's game is move to a 2nd ref but blame Corbyn by havin all neolib forces pressure him to support it. then rig the vote while scaring us out of 'no deal' which is actually just 'brexit' - what we voted for 1/18
if the Tories adopt:
Lab Customs union deal = they split
No deal = they split
May's deal = they split
A people's vote = the country splits
this has been their plan all along: to forfeit country for party. to steal brexit. they do not want to leave. 'no deal' was a rebranding 2/19
Corbyn knows this & is bluffing May all the way to that cliff edge because actually he's got wings, & the freedom of a clean break will aid his program, free from EU spending caps or investment rules. he's far more willing to push this to the wire than May 3/19
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Here’s all you need to know about the state of the current @UKLabour Antisemitism crisis, displayed over the last 12 hrs.

For months now, I’ve been speaking out to highlight the growing problem of AS in the UK.

On Monday I recorded a Podcast with @krishgm which comes out today
Upon hearing this, some people are worried.
I’ve deleted her handle to avoid a pile on, also I really want nothing to do with her.
Rosie is a 16 year old girl who claims I’m a bully.
I could ignore this, but 1st, it’s wrong. And 2nd, it’s being spread by some dangerous people.
Here are the messages of abuse aimed at me from replies to Rosie’s msgs.
Note @LabLeftVoice is a rabid and dangerous antisemite who has had complaints made about them to the Jewish Community Security Trust @CST_UK as she shares home addresses of people she doesn’t like (doxxing)
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I wish I could stop seeing this...

But another thread, on the worrying trend in combatting Antisemitism.

This morning I was heartened, when having read my posts, a man messaged to say he’d changed his views on AS, from a smear on Labour, to valid.

The bullying began...
I’ve deleted his name so he doesn’t get harassed again.

But from simply agreeing the evidence I’ve given looks credible, the abuse, lies, slurs ensued.

Usual stuff, baseless and/or irrelevant:

No evidence
JC supports Jews
Support of Palestine not AS
More personal attacks on me by people joining in.

This guy using my previous attempts to stand up for Jews as evidence I’m questionable Jewish and obliquely implying I could be Antisemitic.
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UN Poverty Envoy: "Despite insisting austerity was necessary, the truth is that there haven't been many savings at all. It's been pushed elsewhere, eg into emergency rooms. The motivation has not been to create a more caring system. The motivation is very clearly ideological."
"The state does not have your back any longer, you are on your own. The message is clearly to make people on benefits aware that nothing will come easy and that sanctions will be damning and harsh"
"Despite this, all the evidence I have seen suggests sanctions are counter-productive. People are being punished for messing up, like being 5 minutes late for an appointment... It goes against the British sense of what is right." #UniversalCredit
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Allow me to introduce you to our brand new, Suicide Prevention Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price. I'm going to reel off on her voting record and you can judge for yourselves wether or not she's fit for the role
On the 21st of May 2013 she voted against allowing same sex couples to marry
On 12 Nov 2013 she voted in favour of reducing housing benefit for those deemed to have excess bedrooms.
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1/Children & young people with autism and learning disabilities who could be living in the community with specialist support are languishing for years in Assessment & Treatment Units, some of them locked up 24/7 in isolation rooms, bec of severe financial pressure on Local Auths
2/ At the same time, private providers running these ATUs are raking in profits, being paid £452m per yr in what has become a market driven provision where autistic and LD people are little more than commodities
3/ This in spite of the fact that caring for them in the community would be far less expensive not to mention far better for the individuals concerned, their quality of life, their security and safety and their wellbeing
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#Brexit *Thread*

To clarify, I am remain, but I feel a 2nd ref is monumentally risky & perhaps dangerous:-

1. Polls haven't changed much, result could easily be the same
2. Another campaign of hate will embolden the far right
3. If remain win. Leavers will demand another vote
4. Chaos & unrest are likely whatever the result, possibly violence too

What happens if it's still 'Leave'? Picture the chaos, square one. You're simply allowing the Tories more time to fail to come up with a solution. Every day that continues people in this country will suffer
What if it's 'Remain'? Leavers will, with some justification, query why this vote is more valid than the first. This has the potential to cause a constitutional crisis.

People can say 'we know the facts now' all they like, that will not placate millions of angry voters.
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