Omg. I LOVE this so much. It’s almost enough to make me believe the internet can be good again…
Calling all shanty friends! You will not regret...
@Joanne_OConnor1 @TheUnthanks @petershadbolt @johnmitchinson @IrelandsEdge @peterjukes @gavinsblog @PeterKGeoghegan @donie @LondonShanty

It all started with this guy...

And then people started joining in..

...and joining in. This guy has an incredible voice..

I think I have Wellerman addiction. It’s like crack. They’re all so good

This guy fucked it by taking the shanty electric 😱 What were you thinking, dude?

Love it.
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3 Jan
Where is parliament? Tomorrow is an absolutely critical day. There are still a few key things we can do to prevent 10000s of deaths. But we have to act now. Boris Johnson has proved himself utterly inadequate to the task. We need parliament. Where is it?
This is a national crisis. @Keir_Starmer @EdwardJDavey @Ianblackford_MP Where are you? You were too late in March. And you’re too late now. Where are the calls for parliament to be recalled? You know Boris Johnson is failing. But by your silence, you are too
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3 Jan
We’re not even back to where we were in early March. We’re in a much worse place. The only thing I can think to do is amplify the voices of experts. Who are telling us & the UK govt that we are heading into disaster.

1) @Dr2NisreenAlwan, associate professor of public health:
2) @chrischirp. Professor of operational research. Member of Independent SAGE. Her latest thread. This thing is out of control & the government has no plan:
3) @GabrielScally, another professor of public health & a member of @IndependentSage, has been banging this drum for weeks. He said in no uncertain terms that Christmas mixing would be a disastrous policy. And it was. But delaying dealing with it now is just compounding problem:
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31 Dec 20
I keep coming back to this thread by epidemiologist @dgurdasani1. The gravity of the situation we find ourselves in & the government’s failure to intellectually grasp what is honestly terrifying. We are on the cusp of a whole new catastrophe.
Independent SAGE published this yesterday. The only option left it says is full lockdown now. What @dgurdasani1 explains so well is why closing schools is so vital. And why failing to do so now will have such a devastating outsized impact…
‘London now has 5,524 Covid patients in hospital beds, surpassing its April peak’

This is *more* transmissible variant. We are already in a *worse* place than April.

But on Monday we open schools & let it spread completely uncontrolled further. Even as NHS buckles under strain
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22 Dec 20
This is what’s depressing me this morning. Independent SAGE, NI & Scottish govt all backed calls for #ZeroCOVID strategy. There was a window of opportunity to suppress the virus. It really didn’t have to be this way.
Scotland decided on elimination strategy. @IndependentSage wrote positioning paper on #ZeroCovid & partnered with @bmj_latest to bring together 4 nations to discuss.
On July 28, the Guardian ran an editorial backing #ZeroCovid approach. And urged England to consider it..
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1 Dec 20
For the last 6 months, I’ve been a member of a Signal group called ‘trollhunters’. A small group of people who’d noticed - & been disturbed by - the extreme trolling that happens here & had come together to try & figure it out. To understand how pile-ons were being organised..
We take so much of what happens on here as ‘normal’. It’s not. That’s not say it’s ‘bots’ - though they come into it. Or Russian trolls - though they’re here too. Often it’s ordinary people. With a greater or less degree of organisation. Who come together to bully & inflame
It’s been fascinating to eavesdrop on their conversations. And to learn with them. I feed them my trolls - look at this guy, I say, who doesn’t follow me or anyone I know but is on my case calling me a cunt & a criminal within seconds of a post. I have so many of those.
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28 Nov 20
Well, they don’t call it the Orwell Prize for nothing. The dystopian truth twisters are out again: @spectator has taken a verifiably false claim & woven it into ideological talking points from RT & Sputnik. Thank you for this incredible honour, @afneil…
Here for the hell of it is George Orwell’s son - an amazing moment. And a funny-not-funny related story. An hour before this, Guardian’s lawyer @ladywell23 rang me in alarm: she’d just found out Banks had reported me to police. 2 days later, we drilled what to do in police raid..
That ploy failed but 2.5 years on, here we are. Where even free speech libertarians line up to take a whack. I’m grateful for support of @RSF_inter @pen_int & others who see the law as one part of changing & worsening threat landscape for journalists…
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