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Good to hear @skysarahjane question @andrealeadsom about @BorisJohnson corruption scandal raised in @thesundaytimes about £126,000 of public money and Russophile American actress hacker @Jennifer_Arcuri who has gone to ground in the US and deleted Facebook photos online
@skysarahjane @andrealeadsom @BorisJohnson @thesundaytimes @Jennifer_Arcuri Perhaps Journalists will be interested to know that Arcuri's Innotech Summit in London was sponsored by Far Right Milo Yiannopoulos company Kernel. Milo also attended the #DigitalBBQ run by the Russian Embassy……
@skysarahjane @andrealeadsom @BorisJohnson @thesundaytimes @Jennifer_Arcuri Milo became friends with Steve Bannon and went to work for Breitbart. Bannon became a key advisor to Johnson
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#PoliticsLive is back! Cabinet is being called for this afternoon and PM will be speaking to Tory MPs too
Just what could they be discussing? I understand real possibility now Johnson might put a motion down to ask MPs to vote for an election this week BUT still no final decision - more on #PoliticsLive in a mo
This would happen if the rebels pass the law - not of course if they lose!
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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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For those following – @corybernardi @Senator_Patrick @PaulineHansonOz – here's a thread with key stories from the @GuardianAus investigation of Angus Taylor, Josh Frydenberg & endangered grasslands, as revealed by @_LisaMCox & @annefdavies. This is #grassgate: THREAD👇
We first revealed the meeting between Taylor, Frydenberg's office and environment officials took place at the same time a company Taylor part-owns was under investigation for poisoning the grasslands he sought a briefing about… #grassgate
Next, Josh Frydenberg's office sought advice from environment department on whether protections of the grasslands could be watered down without seeking the advice of the threatened species scientific committee & whether that could be kept secret… #grassgate
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The spectacle of @nadhimzahawi refusing to condemn Trump’s overt racism on #PoliticsLive because he’s a Johnson/Brexit supporter... So profoundly and utterly depressing.
I had hoped Trump’s words would jolt PoC who act as alt-right proxies. I’m only a swarthy Mediterranean and *I KNOW* I’ll never be pale enough or anglo enough. However many generations go by, I will always be seen as an interloper. But no. There was Nadhim, toeing the line.
it is such a mystery to me. Why would anyone with brown skin legitimise white supremacist projects?
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My #tftd:

Tory members: who are the people deciding on the future of Britain?

They want the death penalty, they're climate change deniers and they're racists.


@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight #PMQs #bbcaq
@LBC Tory members: who are the people deciding on the future of Britain?

They are also massive Islamophobes, obvs


@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight #PMQs #bbcaq
@LBC Tory members: who are the people deciding on the future of Britain?

Many are hard right Brexit Party and UKIP entryists.


@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight #PMQs #bbcaq #ToryLeadership
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1) There is, understandably, a strong reaction to us interviewing Ben Shapiro on today's #politicslive. We do so because he has millions of followers on social media and is hugely influential, particularly among young people worldwide. We could ignore that or. . .
2) . .we can do our job and challenge with tough questions put by @afneil. Shapiro is actually "platformed" when he speaks, unchallenged, to 5.2million on Facebook, 2.1m on Twitter and 1.5m on Instagram. If you are worried about this you should watch this very tough interview.
@afneil 3)In March 2019, Shapiro's podcast was the 2nd most listened to in the US, he has written a bestselling book and has a huge number of YouTube followers and views. These are all platforms where he puts ideas out there unchallenged. An interview with @afneil is quite different.
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I enjoyed Pascal Lamy schooling Iain Duncan Smith on #PoliticsLive, including this completely magnificent snooker: if you accept that lowering barriers to trade produces efficiency benefits and cost savings, it’s irrational to deny that erecting them has the opposite effect. 1/3
IDS repeatedly refused to grasp this insisting he understood borders better and that a disorderly exit on WTO rules would involve no border. TO THE FORMER HEAD OF THE WTO. When this was pointed out, IDS muttered he has spent his life exporting when he was in private business. 2/3
NARRATOR: By “all my life” Iain Duncan Smith refers to a spell at GEC Marconi for 7 years in the 80s, where he claims he was director (he wasn’t), after he went to the University of Perugia (he didn’t) and while being educated at Dunchurch College of Management (he wasn’t). 3/3
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Just don’t understand Richard Burgon’s argument on #politicslive that a second ref will enthuse and inflame the far right. What does he think will happen if we end up with a customs union that keeps us tied to the EU or a no-deal that crashes the economy?
If we give far right what they want they are not going to shake hands, thank us and shut up shop. They’ll simply energise further and move on to their next target. We know this. It’s what fascists have done throughout history. It’s time to fight them, not triangulate with them
Of course we must be vigilant about far right and be honest about rage a second ref will provoke. But it’s also time to recognise the far right will exploit literally every Brexit scenario, and some people will follow them for it. It doesn’t mean we do what they tell us - ever.
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Brextremists constantly bang on about how impt it is for the UK to Leave the EU because it was a Tory party manifesto promise. What is true for Brexit, must presumably be true for other Tory manifesto promises, so let's see how they've done.
@LBC #PoliticsLive #newsnight #r4today
@LBC Page 15 of the Tory manifesto promised "effective" regulation of industry and markets and that govt would save £9bn through cutting two regulations for every new one created.


@LBC #PoliticsLive #newsnight #r4today #bbcpm #PeoplesVote
@LBC Page 17 of the Tory manifesto promised to regulate tax advisory firms to reduce extreme tax avoidance, increase transparency and reduce "misuse of trusts".


@LBC #PoliticsLive #newsnight #r4today #bbcpm #PeoplesVote
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Guests on #r4Today

•Peter Mandelson - New Labour relic
•Liz Truss - Conservative
•Ken Clarke - Conservative

It's a good job we have Twitter to call out Conservative MP's & to get Labours message out far and wide. Because the people we pay at the BBC certainly won't do it.
Guests on the BBC's #VictoriaLIVE

•Richard Harrington - Conservative

•John Barron - Conservative

•Heidi Allen -Ex Conservative now CHUK
Guests on BBC's #PoliticsLive

•Fraser Nelson - Spectator

•Emily Thornberry - Labour

•Margot James - Conservatives

•Jonathan Powell - Former Blair advisor

•Steve Baker -Conservatives
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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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An incomplete list of Leave campaign electoral crimes:

1 Nov 2018: LeaveEu & Arron Banks referred to Natl crime Agency. NCA is to investigate allegations of multiple criminal offences by Banks & his unofficial leave campaign in the EUref

@LBC @mrjamesob
@LBC @mrjamesob 11 May 2018 LeaveEu fined £70k by electoral commission for breaches of election law and CEO Liz Bilney referred to police
@LBC @mrjamesob 19 March 2019: VoteLeave fined £40,000 for sending 200k unsolicited text messages during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.
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Nadhim Zahawi: "I will not vote for a longer extension because I believe it will be political meltdown in our country & we would unleash forces where none of us know where this ends up."
When you run out of arguments, fall back on fear. The last refuge of a coward!
NZ: "I'll tell you what will happen [if MV3 is voted down]. You will unleash forces. There will be politicians who stand up and say 'these political elites have betrayed you, they've lied to you because they don't want to deliver on the promise of the referendum."
NZ: "[on what the 'forces' will say, contd.] vote for me and we will sweep the pace out and we will have our Brexit.' That's what will happen."
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My #tftd:

John Oliver has done a Brexit update, and it is utterly damning.

Part 1: Everyone's talking about Brexit


@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight
@LBC Part 2: Explaining the English border in Ireland problem


@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight
@LBC Part 3: What happens if there is a #NoDealBrexit?


@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight
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Jacob Rees-Mogg "I would remove tariffs on wine. It's a very small industry." #PoliticsLive
He's talking about a rapidly growing industry producing over 5 million bottles a year. And it's just collateral damage in his mind.
(Later in the same discussion, he clearly had no clue what the tariffs on Australian and NZ wine actually added up to. Babbled his way past that when he was challenged.)
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How's this for a compromise deal @theresa_may: if we crash out and there are food shortages, Leavers go to the back of the queue. Same for insulin/medicines if their supply is affected. Because this apparently is what they wanted all along #Brexit #PoliticsLive
Could use your polling cards as ration books: X for Remain means express queue while Brexiters get to wait in the hardship anteroom, where they can sip on beakers of blitz spirit and indulge in the mass privation that's been painted as 'good for the country'
This format will of course be reversed when jobs are to be culled at any factory or EU-dependant business, for which Leavers can now be first in line as they're the ones happy to take an economic hit for 'sovereignty'. Leave means leave, after all, even if it's your employment 👋
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I'm going to keep arguing like this and I'm not sorry.
I will point out that immigration culturally, economically and medically enriches our society. But I won't convince everyone in 4 months. So for those who only see it as a negative, I'll point out the EU's safeguards on that.
There are those whose principles prevent them from taking a two-pronged approach and I respect that (even if one such person did call me "disgraceful" for my approach today) but for me I have one priority: Preventing something which would in fact do FAR more harm to EU citizens.
I was sat there on @BBCPolitics #PoliticsLive surrounded by politicians all treating Free Movement as a big problem completely unchallenged until I set them all straight. As I've done with Farage, and repeatedly across news and social media.
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1) The crux of why Labour is hamstrung on #Brexit
It *is* an outrage that May is saying "take my deal or take chaos", it's blackmail

But the only alternatives are a #PeoplesVote or #RevokeA50

If Labour won't call for either they are just shouting ineffectively into the wind
2) Gardiner can say on #politicslive "this is unacceptable, we must be given a meaningful vote"

But when asked for Labour's alternative he talks about a new equal partner CU which is illegal under EU law, and so the highly justifiable attack on May splutters to a halt
3) the fact is, when Corbyn attacks May's ridiculous deal, she can respond with "well, where's your alternative?"

When May says "it's my deal or no deal" Labour can bluster but offer no credible 3rd option

So Labour cannot effectively oppose, at all
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I understand why some are pushing an indicative vote but I think it's misguided & messy

The best thing is head off for a Christmas break & encourage MPs to spend the time thinking carefully

Meanwhile reports of the death of May's deal are greatly exaggerated

A thread 👇

It's obvious there are only now three real options -

✖️Leave with No Deal

✖️Leave with May's Deal

✖️Don't Leave

There are special cases of each of these but every possible path falls into one of these three boxes.

Managed no deal (whatever that is or isn't) is a way of dressing up No Deal with a nice bow.

Norway Plus entails leaving with May's Deal & seeking to add commitment to build a closer future relationship.

A General Election or a Second Referendum could take us to No Brexit

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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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Hmm. BBC’s Politics Live are now amplifying the tweets of @KeithRo30359526, a dubious botlike entity with 2 followers, whose timeline consists *exclusively* of daily inflammatory tweets under the #politicslive hashtag. Even a cursory look reveals the account to be problematic.
This was immediately followed by amplifying a tweet from @anthony79494570, who joined twitter only days ago, and whose tweet #politicslive kindly corrected for him. Hmm, again.
To be honest, if I were a campaigning group like “Leave Means Leave”, creating a few bogus accounts specifically to target daytime programmes with tweets, texts and emails, would be a very good strategy for skewing public debate. @VictoriaLIVE should also take heed.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg tribute act and Guido wannabe, Tom Harwood, spanked by @NickyMorgan01 on #politicslive. Spanked.

PS Why do all those “anti-establishment” representatives of “ordinary people” ALWAYS sound like a Fast Show parody of angry posh boys?
How interesting that dozens of Brexiter responses to this are about how the “females” or “hags” are “shrill”, “gobby”, “uppity”, “hysterical” or “ugly”. Or about me being a foreigner, “a luvvie” or “a beardy”. Every day the ugly source of this “movement” is revealed more starkly.
Also worth noting what Tom “Everyone Knew What They Were Voting For” Harwood thought (and sold to his followers) before the referendum. Now he’s all “OMG THAT’S NOT REAL BREXIT, THAT’S BRINO”.

Such a profoundly undemocratic power grab. A hijacking of a mandate. Shame on you.
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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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