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@Peston the faithful Johnson Retainer part 3

1) a few weeks ago I ranted on the cozy, soft lighting, barely present "interview" #peston gave Johnson, and the contrast with his heckling of other politicians, even laughing off Johnson's self serving nature

@Peston 2) then a week or so later #peston attempted to paint a potential climb down by Johnson back to the original EU suggestion as some wizard wheeze which might drag the Irish into "constructive negotiations"

@Peston 3) but today, today #Peston took it to the final tyranny supporting level

MPs...aided by the judiciary

Judges, making a political intervention on behalf of Remainers

Exactly the brexiter line

Something that #Peston knows *didn't happen*

A dangerous, irresponsible statement
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On #peston tonight, I'll be speaking with the last avowed Remainer in the Cabinet, @NickyMorgan01, the arch Brexiter too Brexity even for @BorisJohnson, Mark Francois, the SNP's @joannaccherry - who won a case in Scotland that ruled Johnson lied to the Queen, @RachelRileyRR...
on how to beat the trolls, Labour's @GloriaDePiero on why she is quitting parliament and @SamGyimah on why he went so fast from being a Tory leadership candidate to joining the LibDems. We'll be talking about that Supreme Court case, that Brexit deal, and that Sun...
front page about @benstokes38. All at 10.45 on ITV or here live on Twitter via @itvpeston at 8.30ish. Please join us
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@Peston @BorisJohnson 1) @peston the Johnson faithful retainer
Woken up this morning with a cold fury at #Peston's craven behaviour last night
One of the main reasons #Brexit hasn't been put out of its misery is the utter failure of some TV media to hold brexiters to account

@Peston @BorisJohnson 2) the BBC has been attacked in particular but even the BBC is finding it impossible to not report on the destruction that Johnson and Brexiters are causing

But Johnson it appears can always get a safe harbour when he needs it on the #Peston show
@Peston @BorisJohnson 3) to recap the last few days - Johnson has clearly been manoeuvring for a GE and to force thru no deal #Brexit and has failed. He's kicked out 21 decent long standing Tory MPs for his own purposes. He's lied about non existent negotiations & being close to a deal.
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Much Twitter disappointment with @Peston fawning on #NotMyPM #Johnson. We must write him off until fall of J. They have Siamese tendencies: Balliol, Brussels, @spectator, @Telegraph. He’ll get 1st dibs on a few propaganda titbits, but u can forget objective reporting. @itvnews 1/
Remarkable how little known r these connections between #Peston & #Johnson. But it explains why Peston goes weak at the knees & offers his tummy when #Johnson winks at him. I’m sure @Peston wakes up determined 2b objective, but that resolve doesn’t make it 2 his first espresso.2/
@threadreaderapp unroll please
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My watch thread for #Peston. This week’s edition will have fireworks I expect. He opens by noting “The Dude” is getting the band back together. Putting the key drivers of Vote Leave & his GLA days alike into key positions & making clear he intends to be radical from the outset.👍
JRM explains, very crisply, the core rationale for the new PM in his cabinet selection: Appoint people who have talent and who are resolutely committed to leaving by 31/10. He adds that Javid & Truss who have the 2 key economic ministries backed Remain in 2016 but are Re-Leavers.
Rees-Mogg acknowledges the crucial importance of Dominic Cummings to the new government: “He is very capable at policy, he was instrumental in Michael Gove’s radical education reforms, and he’s also a very effective campaigner, as he showed during his leadership of Vote Leave.”
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If you ignore my lamentable performance (not easy, I know), #peston at 10.45 on ITV is gripping tonight: @Jeremy_Hunt on whether he would defy parliament to take UK out of EU without deal, @DawnButlerBrent on whether @jeremycorbyn is right to prevaricate over whether Labour...
should support remain and on whether @DerbyChrisW has been properly punished, and @DavidGauke on whether he could serve as a minister under @BorisJohnson. Oh and @willyoung on why schools are right to teach about the importance of all forms of diversity. Mark Francois reveals...
all about @BorisJohnson’s Brexit and @BenPBradshaw spills the beans on why the gulf between Corbyn and his MPs is widening again.
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Rory Stewart: "I do think Boris Johnson can be stopped by asking questions." He then highlights the fact that BJ has promised totally different (and utterly incompatible) things to different groups of MPs.

I'm not optimistic the media will, though. But he's right. #peston
RS: "I'm trying to save, in my small way, the party, and in my small way the country."

Then goes on to emphasise again that we really, really don't know what Boris Johnson's Brexit views are.

Rory Stewart: out, but not down!
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The 1922 executive committee thinks it has finally laid a surefire trap for the PM, @theresa_may - by securing a promise from her to hold the second reading of the core Brexit legislation, the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill, before EU elections in two weeks...
The point is that either the bill passes, and she resigns as soon it becomes law (as she has promised to do), or it flops, which is what most Tories expect, and it becomes unambiguously clear that she can never deliver Brexit - in which case they will force her out in...
June/July. Tory MPs assume she knows this. But they will drive the point home when the executive committee meets her next week (at her suggestion). It would be tempting to say that her fate is in the hands of @jeremycorbyn, her putative nemesis - in that if Labour agrees...
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1/. Another bloody MP channelling Madame Arcarti channelling what we all want on #Peston
@andreajenkyns saying that SHE is speaking for the nation.

2/. Who is the Gavin Nixon that called the LE19 almost right?

Anyone knows
3/. Caroline Flint trying to make out that it is moderate to make virtually all of us all worse off by voting for May’s deal.

Nothing about the measures, the conflict

4/. @CarolineLucas speaking so well again.
She’s got the bit between her teeth.
Power from those wins in LE19
5/. #Peston shows that Conservative Party members prefer No Deal overwhelmingly. The supposition is therefore they will choose a hard Brexiter.

Of course they probably will. But that means they are so dim they will be signing their own death warrant.

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.⁦@JGForsyth⁩ says UK now constitutionally bankrupt as it was in a fiscal/financial sense in 1976. ⁦He sees @theresa_may⁩ going to Brussels for political bailout just as Healey went cap in hand to IMF. What is striking is how her colleagues agree - as attached...
shows. And what is striking is this senior Tory blames @theresa_may for the crisis - and says she has to vote against her deal because to do so “would be to give in to an anti-democrat PM”. By setting herself up as “for” the people and against all MPs, the PM has alienated...
the very people she needs to woo if she is to have any chance of securing her Brexit deal. That was utterly clear on #peston show last night from savage critique of how @theresa_may frames herself as parliament’s enemy by @lisanandy and @DrPhillipLeeMP. See @itvpeston for clips.
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#ToryIslamophobia update – there have been a number of major developments today but for those not following closely, I have collated them to demonstrate the scale of the issue.
We had front pages in the Guardian and Independent referring to the scale of the issue after Baroness Warsi said the Conservative Party had an institutional problem with Islamophobia, before the Today programme and Politics Live covering the issue.
One of the cases highlighted earlier this week, which was covered on @Channel4News yesterday was that of former Tory council leader Mr Bowles who RTed a message hailing Tommy Robinson. It was confirmed that he was suspended today.…
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One reason why the Brexit debate is now so aggressive is because MPs like Andrea Leadsom keep saying that letting the people vote on a deal which POLITICIANS are responsible for, and which even Brexit voters hate, somehow means Remainers are calling Brexit voters stupid. #Peston
Let's say:
1⃣I hate our current relationship with the rest of the EU
2⃣I vote to end that relationship
3⃣The government negotiates a new relationship
4⃣I think it's worse than the old one
5⃣I vote to stick with the old one.
Does that make me 'stupid' or just not psychic?
These politicians, like Andrea Leadsom, know Brexit hasn't worked out as they promised and instead of admitting that, they want the people to get angry with each other rather than blame the politicians who brought us here.
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1) 3 options, that's all on #Brexit
MPs are behind on this but the commentators are realising, its:
- May's deal
- No deal
- Remain
That's it, no other options for #Brexit. This gets us to a couple of points that would be a big help in moving us along
2) for programs like #politicslive, #Peston, #newsnight it would be really very helpful for the UK if you cut across any "we'd get a better deal" bullshit and simply asked "there's 3 options, no time or inclination for more negotiations, please pick one your party would support"
3) for those same programs, if you really must get Mogg, Patterson, IDS on then you could save a lot of time by saying "no deal may be as you say, but you blew your chance so if you can't get it through parliament what's the point in talking about it endlessly?"
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Watch #peston highlight for important initiative by @hilarybennmp to make sure parliament - rather than @theresa_may - can determine what kind of Brexit or no-Brexit we have, if as expected she loses vote on her deal. PS I understand that...
@sarahwollaston will not table her amendment calling for a #PeoplesVote because she has been persuaded - to her disappointment - that she would lose the vote by substantial margin and that would damage credibility of referendum push. She and others campaigning for referendum...
... will delay big drive for referendum till the anticipated chaos of @theresa_may losing her deal. Striking that @JoJohnsonUK also on #Peston last night said he had residual hope @theresa_may would opt to go for referendum, even though Downing St officials have been clear she...
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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…
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…
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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
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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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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1/ What is our BLUEPRINT FOR BREXIT? #Brexit #efta #marr #Peston #bbcaq bbcsp #bbcqt #UKpolitics
2/ Its all laid out here, but it is a pretty long document in fairness:…
3/ Here is a simplified version. Part one:
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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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By some distance, the most catastrophically anti-democratic thing that British political media has done over *decades* is to frame political activism of tens of thousands of people as insignificant & non-newsworthy, while obsessing over the remarks of individual politicians.
James Ball there is just regurgitating received wisdom of the political establishment, they've convinced each other that marches, demos & rallies are insignificant & not newsworthy. It's one of the major reasons why they misread the Corbyn's 17 election campaign so profoundly
The Guardian's readers editor admitted a few years ago that it is the paper's policy not to cover demonstrations unless they turn violent. And that's the Guardian.
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#Marr #Peston - in a week when a far-right extremist was convicted of murdering a Muslim, injuring several others, and announced in court his intention was to kill Corbyn & that if he could kill Sadiq Khan too, it would be "winning the lottery", you run with "members abuse"?
It has really got well beyond @ggreenwald 's stage 7 and is entering into the arena of total panic melt-down. Any old crap at all will do to ensure there is no anti-austerity government in No. 10.…
Clare Kober makes unsubstantiated allegations, says it's been going on for 2 years, & didn't report it to the NEC which is controlled by the Left, yet the NEC has only been under Left-wing control for 10 days, and gets a free pass to smear anyone she chooses.
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