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It now transpires that the vicar in question is an actress and writer called Lynn Marina Hayter, who is self-ordained in her own very small ministry.

Not what people think of when they hear “Vicar” #newsnight, is it?
I, for example, became officially ordained as a Dudeist Priest in the Church of the Latter Day Dude as a gift to a couple who asked me to preside over an informal blessing for their friends of the wedding they’d had abroad. I don’t think Newsnight would bill me as a priest.
(I have an ID card and everything, and it technically gives me the right to preside over weddings in the US if I became resident there)
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What we have learned from tonight’s #newsnight is that vehement opposition to people moving between countries, as St Peter did to Rome and Augustine did from Rome to establish the English Church, is, surprisingly, no impediment to being a vicar.
Also, as the son of a minister, I did know that being a vicar required the belief in truths revealed by a higher power. I’d always assumed that that was god though, so it was surprising to learn that it’s actually whoever happens to be the leader of the Conservative party.
Still, preaching an unthinking belief in implausible stories and conjecture devoid of evidence presented as fact, so long as it comes from a stern and humourless authority figure willing to threaten you with horrible consequences, is a business model that has worked in the past.
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Amazing. Minister wheeled out to defend deal on #newsnight, Rory Stewart, has nothing to offer except for fact that staying in EU would ‘ignore the referendum’. It would come after another referendum, you absurd man. If this is the best they can do, government really is toast
And the bollocks keeps coming. ‘We need to heal and bring people together’. Quite. Maybe start by not dismantling the economy or jobs, or outsourcing our trade and regulations to EU, or erecting barriers with NI and Continent? This deal fails on all counts. #newsnight
Now Stewart lying we have cherry-picked deal. This refers to totally non-binding political declaration. The legally-binding withdrawal treaty makes absolutely clear that we will stay in customs union till EU agrees we can leave and GB and NI will be separated. Enough. #newsnight
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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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"You can't handle the truth!" - Jack Nicholson.

Prove Jack wrong by facing the truth about Brexit. (Each tweet below is the start of an individual, detailed thread on a specific aspect of Brexit.)

#bbcqt #itvtonight #bbctw #bbcpapers #skypapers #peston #Newsnight
The truth about Brexit, the "no deal" scenario, the EU "punishment" narrative, and the reality of trading on WTO terms.
Brexit changes everything. You can forget ending austerity, funding the NHS, reversing cuts to the police force, achieving anything, if you don't first solve Brexit. There is only ONE challenge over the next few months: Brexit! (An "open letter" to MPs)
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On this Marr/Banks thing. No-one expects the BBC to be perfect. Everyone makes mistakes - God knows I make plenty. The issue comes when there’s a pattern to the mistakes, when the mistakes generally point in the same direction. (Short thread)
Marr made a mess with the @carolecadwalla /Oakeshott thing. A mistake. #Newsnight made a mistake by using Yaxley-Lennon’s own propaganda shot (the duct-tape gag thing) for their feature.
Marr made another dodgy decision over Marine Le Pen. The BBC made yet another questionable choice over Bannon and the festival in Scotland.
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Hmmm ...
Electoral Commission 'misinterpreted' Vote Leave expenses, court rules - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
and now
Poll watchdog head quits in anti-Brexit bias row - gulf-times.com/story/611056/P… ... what on earth is going on.
... does anyone know if there's any truth to these stories? I trust the BBC has got it facts right. But the other story is only reported in sources that I'm not convinced by (i.e. Express / Mail).
Listening to @tom_watson on #newsnight covering the NCA inquiry ... excellent stuff and completely agree on the need to establish the facts with due speed.
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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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I think the #Newsnight debate on the #GRA was a landmark. It marked the failure of the gender activists to silence the gender critical and remove their voices from the consultation. Their tactics of intimidating and threats was working. But it has now failed totally.
There was supposed to be only one viewpoint here and the law was supposed to be just as minor streamlining of administration. It was about justice and equality. Anyone who claimed otherwise was a bigot who deserved to die in a fire.
Anyone who did speak up against the proposed changes was immediately targeted by any and all means. The police were called. Employers. Suits issued. Shaming and doxxing. It was "Fair Game" for terfs.
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#StateCaptureInquiry Remember when @TreasuryRSA Minister of Treasury Nhlanhla Nene answered eNCA’s @samkelemaseko asking if he would testify? Nene said, “Watch this space.” And later, after some pressing from Maseko, “Watch the space, meaning a lot of us might be appearing soon.”
#StateCaptureInquiry Nene will be the first sitting minister to testify at the inquiry. Previously Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan attended hearings, when his former right hand man Mcebisi Jonas testified, saying a Gupta brother offered him the Finance Minister job.
#StateCaptureInquiry Nene will testify on events around then President Jacob Zuma firing him at night on 9 December 2015. Zuma said at the time, “I wish Mr Van Rooyen all the best in this new appointment. The new deployment of Mr Nene will be announced in due course.”
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Here's the truth about Brexit, the "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! 1/19

#marr #bbcsp #ridge #pienaar #newsnight #bbcqt
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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THREAD: We've been looking at populism in Europe over the past few months. If you've missed any of our reports you can see them here. Let's start with this one examining if Switzerland is the birthplace of populism bbc.in/2Olt5Hm

@ggatehouse | @maya_rstw | #newsnight
@ggatehouse @maya_rstw Sweden is usually recognised as being innovative, transparent and progressive, with good healthcare, welfare and gender equality.

More recently, however, a growing chorus of Sweden sceptics have emerged bit.ly/2xWHxve #newsnight
@ggatehouse @maya_rstw Earlier this month we travelled to Cottbus in Germany where the nationalist AfD party are leading in the polls bit.ly/2zC87f5

@johnsweeneyroar | #newsnight
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@rjbarfield1 Interview with Martin Donnelly from last night's #newsnight. 1/4
2/4 @rjbarfield1
3/4 @rjbarfield1
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This all started because the #MetPolice & #LBRUT couldn't do their jobs properly & then decided to take the law into their own hands. The result of this decision has led to events stranger than fiction

#BBCNews #Skynews #Itvnews #Channel4News #ThisMorning #TheresaMay #UKGov #LBC
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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My cousin is very observant. She wears a full head covering and lives in a women only secluded, walled society right in the middle of West London. If I wish to visit her it is extremely complex. Most of the times I've seen her she was behind a grill. My cousin is a Carmelite nun
Carmelites almost never leave the walls of their convent. They take vows of chastity and silence and don't show their faces to the outside world. Is it religious extremism? Clearly? Do these women pose a threat to our society? Clearly not. Do I agree with it? No.
And yet women like @LPerrins who no doubt are deeply respectful of Catholic Carmelite nuns hold completely different attitudes to women who live considerably freer lives and choose to wear the burqa/niqab. It's grotesquely hypocritical #Newsnight
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This is the extraordinary @MarcusFysh on #Newsnight. This is how a Conservative MP treats business nowadays, even trade associations, trying to explain the potential risks of hard Brexit - with arrogance, smugness, and impenetrable stupidity, calling them silly and unpatriotic.
NB The food industry representative @MarcusFysh is responding to never mentioned tariffs and never mentioned a “blockade”. He merely said that when it comes to fresh produce like lettuce, tomatoes, avocados or dairy, even small border delays would disrupt supply critically.
I vacillate between wanting people like @MarcusFysh to disappear from public life and wanting him to be on the news every day. I mean there MUST be a small but significant proportion of Brexiters (and constituents who voted for him) who look at this and think “What have I done?”
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@MarcusFysh seems to be under the impression that the UK can pick and choose which countries face import checks and tariffs. You can't. At least not without getting sued to buggery at the WTO. #Newsnight ➡️
No tariffs or border checks for trucks bearing food from EU at Dover means no tariffs or border checks for food coming in globally. No food safety checks. No phytosanitary checks. ➡️
And if the UK doesn't impose food safety and phytosanitary checks then the EU will have to block UK products because they do impose high standards in those areas. ⏹️
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“Theresa May is on her last legs...”

Oh, sorry: I misheard Kirsty Wark’s introduction “Theresa May is on the last leg of her charm offensive before she hikes off on holiday to Italy.” #newsnight #BrexitShambles
“Michel Barnier has been keeping a tight grip on the EU27,” opines Kirsty. Er, no- he’s following the mandate *they* have given him. Barnier is the servant of the EU27, he’s not pulling their strings. #newsnight #BBCfail #BrexitShambles
“Barnier does not have universal support,” says the report, proceeding to wheel out irrelevant fringe figure Hans-Olof Henkel MEP who gets disproportionate airtime on BBC cos he speaks excellent English, says the EU should cut a trade deal & they have his number on speed-dial.
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So here’s my response to @AyoCaesar on #newsnight:

- I respect this position but it’s very difficult to see a scenario that the far right can’t profit from.
- So if we break these scenarios down then they all look beneficial to the far right: /1
—— (a) Soft Brexit gives them the betrayal narrative they crave. We’ve already seen an electoral bounce for UKIP over the govt’s new soft Brexit policy (at a time when Ukip is obviously making a turn to the fascist street movement). /2
—— (b) Hard Brexit offers a clear route to “no brexit” but we’d all be playing with fire if we saw it in these terms. The economic dislocation and political crisis it would ignite would be huge gift to far right.
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Fuck me Gerard Batten is thick isn't he. I mean there's no other words for it. He's got the eloquence of a turnip and the charisma of a fucking sponge. #NewsNight
Gerard Batten literally tried to compare Tommy Robinson to Nelson Mandela and Robin Hood... you know Robin Hood.... the fictional character Robin Hood
Apologies to sponges.... and turnips
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We didn’t have time to discuss it in depth on #Newsnight - but I wanted to add - @realDonaldTrump is tearing up the Transatlantic Alliance in a big way: next item on his take-down list, NATO. Watch at the upcoming NATO Summit .
Germany, with Angela Merkel - the antithesis to Trump - as its chancellor will be number one on the take down list. Trump smells blood around Merkel and is happy to play a role in trying to take her down. (See his interventions on crime stats in Germany & migrants.)
Of course - all of this bodes very badly for the rest of Europe and the West - Britain included - as @realDonaldTrump will not only be waging trade wars with his closest allies, but taking a sledgehammer to our collective defense.
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Please #newsnight, don’t let Hannan lie to the nation. Turkey & EU have hard border because a) it’s only a partial customs union b) Turkey is not in single market and is therefore subject to regulatory checks, as every other non-member of SM. This is not hard. Make him answer.
Now Hannan talking about ‘clobbering third world’. Another outright lie. The EU lets poorest countries export all their goods except arms tariff-free. Majority of other countries have preferential access. One suspects owning up to this BS would be like discarding his identity.
Hannan is a fraud. His only answer to every question is cartoon EU evil and rose-tinted British exceptionalism. The fact he is the intellectual godfather and moral custodian of the entire movement tells us what we need to know about it. #newsnight
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