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13 Nov, 7 tweets, 2 min read
Biden's victory showed what is possible if liberals and the left work together against nationalism - my latest for the @TheNewEuropean theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/it…
We can of course go back to usual pattern of mutual loathing and frustration. Or people can take the fight to the real enemy.
That involves at least one concession on each side. The Labour left should accept the EHRC antisemitism report in its entirely. It has to commit to anti-racism. Some never will - and they should fuck off. The majority of the left does and will.
Labour centrists, on the other hand, should accept that laissez faire is dead. It proved catastrophic on economic, social and political terms. The state must take an active role in the market.
This idea is not an obstacle to electoral success, but a pre-condition of it. The left should be given very clear and significant wins which can be secured through a more moderate leadership.
That shouldn't be the nationalised-broadband-for-everyone of the 2019 manifesto, but it can be the more sensible, cautious social democracy of the 2017 manifesto.
I have zero expectation of any of this happening. Everyone seems to love trying to kill each other. But the truth of the matter is there to see: liberals and the left should work together against the nativist right. And they must do, if it's to be defeated.

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Wouldn't want you to have developed a sense of hope or spiritual reassurance. We'll have none of that here.
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The latest bit of design madness to strike the internet is providing users with about a fifth of the screen to read the article, sandwiched between these immense moving banners.
Fuck are you doing guys. Why do people on the internet hate their own content so much that they want to put barriers in front of the reader accessing it?
It's like trying to read a newsletter in a fucking postbox.
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@ThoughtBubbleUK The physical festival obviously can't be held this year, so they have put the entire thing online, for free, available to anyone. You can't leave the house anyway. You might as well sit there and just fucking drench yourself in it.
@ThoughtBubbleUK On Saturday afternoon, I'll be interviewing Joe Sacco, which is one of those events where you just sit there and think: how in the name of Christ did I manage to get this lucky? For anyone who's into comics and journalism, he's a kind of deity.
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8 Nov
Next few months are going to be a fascinating exhibit in the Brexit mindset.
Tory Leavers know Biden disapproves of their little project. At some point, probably soon, probably over Ireland, he's going to snub them. He'll say something about Brexit, or the FTA, or he'll visit Brussels before London. And then they're going to lose their shit.
And that's going to be an interesting moment. Britain will have gone from being a bridge between Europe and the US to adopting a distant, acrimonious relationship with both of them.
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As one of the other voices in the game, let me go on record to say that I'm incensed by this. Whether you agree with Helen's views on trans issues or not, they are legitimate debate and she is entitled to hold and express them. kotaku.com/ubisoft-to-rem…
She wasn't even discussing any of those issues here. A little Twitter mob got excited and now she is simply cancelled.
What utter cowardice. The silencing of someone on all issues, even analysis of a fictional political universe, because people disagreed with what they said on another issue.
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Next few hours there'll be lots of sage old commentators on here telling you not to get too excited, lots of trouble ahead, problems Trump fed off won't go away, Democrats don't control Senate. And it's all true. But you know what? We all deserve to sit & be happy for a bit.
Fuck all the caveats and future problems. Savour this feeling. People constantly on the backfoot against pernicious political forces deserve to celebrate them being defeated.
There'll be time later for thoughts about how to proceed, and especially what liberals can do in office to prevent nationalism rising up again. But for now, just enjoy the victory. Have a drink for fuck sake.
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