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THREAD: Ahead of my semi-retirement from Twitter tomorrow, I’m going to be self-indulgent & re-up some of the stuff I’m proudest of from these past 3 years. (Spoiler: nearly all about Brexit: a mix of analysis, advice & scathing, sweary invective). [1/x]
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My time on Twitter has been a journey. I started out naively arguing for what I believed in, assuming our opponents were similarly acting in good faith. I’ve learnt a lot. Along the way, I’ve had fun, made friends, & valued the sense of community here when things felt bad.
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There’s not much to say about my first 18 months on Twitter. For the first year, I was living in Japan so it was my way of feeling connected with the politics of my home country. I felt the looming EUref was big. I argued with Leavers, including Julia H-B & Louise Mensch.
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Cracking letters in the Telegraph yesterday. My fave: “We have always undersold Brexit. There needed to be a vision... of the excitement of trade on the high seas, the protection of our precious legal sysyem, the sovereignty of Parliament, not to mention NATO.” #BrexitShambles
Another corker: “It is now being suggested that Brexiteers did not have a plan. I had a plan. It was to announce immediately that, since the EU would never concede a free-trade arrangement, we should instead expect to trade on WTO rules.” #BrexitShambles #twats
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“Danny Dyer is a luvvy member of the elite. He is being secretly paid by George Soros to undermine the Will of the People!!!” #BrexitShambles #twats
Predictably, after criticising Brexit Danny Dyer has indeed effectively been accused of being a closet member of the elite. #DannyDyer #DannyDyerBrexit #LeaveLiars #twats
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THREAD: The mistake Oliver Norgrove makes here is assuming that ppl like Chloe Westley from the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance are attempting, in good faith, to “aid understanding of complex issues”. #AltShite #LeaveLiars #BrexitShambles #twats
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They are of course doing nothing of the sort. What Chloe (and the rest of the pro-Brexit politico-media complex) are doing is following the Trump/Breitbart playbook on how to win political arguments when you have little evidence but can appeal to a sizeable aggrieved minority.
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She muddies the waters, distracts, generates outrage from opponents, and panders to the prejudices of hardcore supporters (who thereby feel empowered to dismiss unwelcome evidence of experts and of real-world developments, in this case on Brexit).
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*nerd voice* “Actually, you’ll find that’s a Heinkel, not a ‘Juncker’.” #LeaveLiars #twats #BrexitShambles
(Seriously, though, it is a Heinkel.)
(And it appears to have been messing with the Russians, not with the British.)
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Unlike most Remainers, I could forgive Labour for not openly opposing Brexit. (I agree there’s some tricky electoral arithmetic.) What I can’t forgive is desperately avoiding the subject: they should be saying, “Regardless of how you voted, this govt is making a hash of Brexit.”
That’s what the official Opposition is supposed to do in a parliamentary democracy: challenge the government, keep it under pressure and hold it to account for its performance on the big issues that really matter for the future of the country. #BrexitShambles #twats
Shameful dereliction of Labour’s duty to the voters- colluding with this disgraceful government to try (as far as possible) to bury Brexit as a subject of political debate until after the Article 50 clock has run down. Shameful. And a terrible electoral miscalculation too.
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THREAD: Lots of twattish Brexiters are accusing the EU of “cherrypicking”. A few thoughts...
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We’ll come to what’s *really* behind these claims at the end. But first let’s take them at face value. Even if accusations of EU cherry-picking had a grain of truth in them, they are a stupid argument on several levels:
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a) the UK decided to leave the club, and is negotiating the terms of its departure; the EU did not decide to expel the UK, so it has a certain moral right to decide what terms it offers to a future non-member. The non-member is of course free to tell the club to ‘go whistle’.
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THREAD: Remember, Remainers: whenever Brexiters like Boris Johnson & Jacob Reed-Mogg say moronic attention-grabbing things (about the Camden-Islington border or whatever), *they WIN the argument even when they lose the argument*. We need to get smarter before it’s too late...
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When they spout this jaw-dropping shit (remember the Boris bridge?) or repeat widely discredited claims (£350m per week; EU tariffs impoverish African farmers) plenty of well-informed people jump in & prove they are wrong/stupid. They “lose the argument”. But they don’t care..
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They are not trying to “win the argument” (in the sense of winning ppl over & convincing those who currently don’t support Brexit that it is a good idea). They are trying to *distract* (think Lynton Crosby’s ‘dead cat’ strategy). They are setting the news agenda...
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