1) need to take a break from Twitter for real life stuff, and this seems as good a time as any
FWIW I think we are in a better place than we were a few weeks ago, even with the parliament shut down,so here's some thoughts before I go
There is growing disquiet in the Tory ranks (though shockingly, not enough)
He cannot legally leave with no deal on October 31st - so he needs a deal
But he cannot easily complain that his negotiating hand has been weakened whilst still saying he's negotiating one
This is bizarrely a good thing. Farage cannot get into a pact with a Johnson looking for a deal, therefore his 14% of the vote reduces Johnson's chance for a majority
And with no majority or way of forcing an election
And this is really my only worry, because we stand or fall as remainers on how the opposition parties, present their message
"He sacks 21 MPs and then complains about losing control?"
"He promised a deal, let him get one"
"Shutting down parliament to protect democracy?" and so on
"How can voters make a choice if he's promising a deal AND no deal?
That's like telling half your voters on Facebook you'll invest £20b in the NHS and half that you'll sell it
It's not democracy when you give 2 answers
Labour policy on Brexit is very honourable but can easily be made to look ridiculous and laughable
They need to ditch it
And Corbyn remains an election liability, he just is
Parties who don't adopt this (or any clear leave/remain line) will suffer in a GE
Good luck, stay strong, see you in a few weeks!
The brexiters are not there to debate you
They are not interested in the truth
They don't care about making a point
Please learn this and do better
Make people laugh at the absurdity of #Brexit
Do your preparation, know your lines, say them
Don't repeat their lines back. If they say "surrender bill", don't say "it's *not" a surrender bill" say something like "why are you afraid of parliament voting on no deal?"
Just talk over them, calmly but firmly, with lines that are easy to hear and absorb.
It's a bearpit, not a debate. You need to land 2 or 3 messages, at least 1 of which makes Johnson look ridiculous
See last example of @rafaelbehr on Politics Live to see how it's done. Calm, clear, but assertive, cutting across the rubbish