1/. The govt should stop blaming the public for an inadequate lockdown

Evidence suggests 80-90% of people are obeying lockdown rules

But an effective lockdown requires proper financial & practical support & clear messaging.

See @ReicherStephen👇#COVID19
2/. Whilst adherence & enforcement of lockdown rules is vital, the rules need to be clear & adequate support is essential.

I’m not against fining Covidiots who knowingly breach #COVID19 guidance but can we ALSO punish govt ministers who knowingly & repeatedly ignore the science?
3/. On positive note, Prof Reicher says “collective resilience is supplanting a psychology of individual frailty”

As we expand our capacity for cooperation the role of the state becomes “more to do with scaffolding & supporting communal self-organisation” theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
4/. Boris Johnson says he “stuck to the science like glue”

This simply isn’t true

Even the govt claims that they were “guided by the science” are inaccurate in a lot of cases

If ministers were asked the following questions👇on TV, I’d be there to watch
5/. The UK was given the greatest gift any nation could have hoped for in the circumstances: a two-month head start

Yet when #COVID19 hit, the UK was not only woefully unprepared, we were exporting tests to Bahrain when NHS frontline workers were unable to get tested.


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8 Jan
1/ #LiveFromTheWhiteHouse

“Alone in his decaying pleasure palace, Charles Foster Kane continued to direct his falling empire…vainly attempting to sway, as he once did, the destinies of a nation that has ceased to listen to him." (Citizen Kane)
2/. Citizen Kane should be viewed as it was intended: as a warning from history

In 1933 Herman Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane, wrote a screenplay about Hitler

The Mad Dog of Europe predicted a future genocide, but was never made
3/. “Farewell to the arts, to eloquence.” (Mary Shelley)

We naturally turn to science for solutions to #COVID19, but the arts shouldn't be ignored

Art & literature not only help us make sense of the world & our responses to it, but can also help uncover truths & offer warnings.
Read 7 tweets
8 Jan
David Bowie was born 74yrs ago today & died almost exactly 5yrs ago

Six days after his death, we organised an unofficial wake fror #Bowie.

900 people filled the Union Chapel for a 5 hour gig

More than 100 musicians & bands performed 33 #DavidBowie songs
Each performer or band played one #Bowie song

There were a number of highlights, but this version of Sweet Thing by @davidmcalmont, accompanied by @cliffordslapper on the piano, was a spine-tingling.

Watch the full version on @YouTube
I booked the venue on Monday

The press release went out Tuesday

On Wednesday, we sold out tickets (£3 each) in 35 minutes!

The gig was in four days & we had NO acts. NO team

But they’d come

For the love of #Bowie, they’d come

See @guypratt & The Egg
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6 Jan
The Capitol Building has been stormed by an angry crowd, some armed with automatic weapons

Trump protestors are inside the building

Everyone is being evacuated, including @Mike_Pence

There have been pipe bomb threats & gunshots

What have those behind #Trump done to America? ImageImageImageImage
How Fascism Works:
1. Establish mythic past (“Return to greatness”);

2. Sow division (fear/envy/mistrust/use minorities as scapegoats);

3. Attack the truth (lie, distort, deny, & create “alt” reality);

4. Dismantle democracy...in the name of democracy
The scenes on Capitol Hill are the latest - most shocking -proof of what will happen when anger & division are deliberately & incessantly stoked for years on end

Step 2: Sow division

With Trump in US & Brexit in UK, a genie has been let out of the bottle
Read 5 tweets
6 Jan
1/. At 10am, a London court will assess #JulianAssange’s bail application days after they blocked his extradition to US

Whilst the charges that he still faces cast a dark shadow over journalism, his release on bail would be a ray of hope for #Assange.
2/. “The threat to press freedom is maintained.”

Chomsky speaking ystdy, points out that the decision to refuse #JuliaAssange’s extradition on medical grounds whilst accepting the frivolous charges against him, is a “perfect outcome” for US govt. #Assange
3/. Amnesty Intn’l supports #JulianAssange's bail application based on his right not to be arbitrarily detained, his right to health & his right to private & family life.

@amnesty’s message to #UK regarding bail hearing is clear “#FreeAssange”.
#Assange amnesty.org/en/latest/news…
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5 Jan
JOURNALIST: Why, after 10 months, are there still no checks at airports?

@BorisJohnson: Um...er...We will be bringing in measures to...um...er...to ensure that we...err...test people coming into this country & prevent the virus...er...being re-admitted.

@piersmorgan last July👇
The PM, #BorisJohnson, also says at the start of his answer👆
“Just to repeat, schools are safe” on the same day he just introduced a new #lockdown & shut down schools because they’re not safe.
#Lockdown3 #schoolclosures #COVID19 #coronavirus #HerdImmunityScandal #covidbriefing
#BorisJohnson makes clear his strategy is sometimes to PRETEND not to know what's going on so that when he ACTUALLY doesn’t know, people won’t be able to tell the difference

The trouble is that we can ALL tell

Is the #BumblingStrategy really govt policy?
Read 8 tweets
4 Jan

“The activities that #JulianAssange engaged in are activities that journalists engage in all the time. We wouldn’t have information without them”
@JuliaHall18 @amnesty

#Assange will hear the verdict on his extradition to the US today Image
2/. 9HRS - "#Assange, is at glaring risk that he would be put into a maximum-security prison & subjected to Special Administrative Measures"

"If the decision comes to extradite him, we'll come out very strongly against it" @JuliaHall18 @amnesty @AJEnglish
3/. 8HRS - It's staggering little most people know about the #Assange case & it's importance for the protection of those who publish leaked/classified information that is in the public interest

But before people can care, they need to know what's at stake
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