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13 Jan, 3 tweets, 1 min read
Owen Jones is a compulsive liar. He lumps me with so called "cheerleaders" for Trump. Yet he cannot produce a single example of me cheerleading for him. If he had a reverence for facts he would reproduce my regular criticisms of Trump.…
But that would conflict with his distorted narrative. He tries to hold me responsible for what The Spectator has written about Trump. Mr Jones might consult the Guardian's Scott Trust before he opines. But editor + writers of the Spectator do not consult me about what to write.
He accuses them of turning on Trump after supporting him. He ignores the fact The Spectator has published a variety of views on Trump (unlike the Guardian). He accuses them of inconsistency. For someone who was all over the place when it came to Jeremy Corbyn, that's hilarious.

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9 Jan
Alex Salmond's assault on his former protégé Nicola Sturgeon is pretty savage:
Terms of Hamilton inquiry to see if she broke ministerial Code so tightly drawn by her deputy (Swinney) that almost impossible it can find against her.
Idea that her March 29th 2018 meeting with his emissary re complaints against him -- meeting she claimed to have forgotten -- fleeting or opportunistic "simply untrue".
Claims she indicated mediation/arbitration possible in procedures investigating complaints against him. Reneged
Failure to inform her civil servants in timely manner of meetings between the two of them.
Only conceded his Judicial Review case against ScotGov when its own legal team threatened to resign.
Read 5 tweets
8 Jan
Reasons to be cheerful for America after last night's grim scenes from Capitol Hill.
1. It was not an attempted coup or insurrection. It was a mob on the rampage, which got further than it ever expected because of appalling policing.
2. The Trump presidency is already over, ending in ignominy after his role in fomenting last night. Mike Pence is caretaker for the next 12 days working with congressional leaders. The Pentagon and the National Guard are answering to them.
3. There would be some symbolism and even justice in invoking the 25th amendment. But why exacerbate divisions even further. If Trump tries to use any of the important levers of power before Jan 20 he will find there is no response. He is neutered.
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7 Jan
You accuse me of regularly praising Trump for four years. Yet cannot produce a single example. Not one.
You ignore my many criticisms of Trump on this very platform.
Unable to stand up your original tweet you retreat to making me accountable for the content of The Spectator.
You know that is disingenuous. The Editor is solely responsible for all content. He has published pro and anti Trump articles over the years. You ignore that too.
Part of my job is to protect his editorial freedom to publish what he wants, even when I disagree with it.
I appreciate academia today is often more interested in closing down debate than encouraging free speech. So maybe you're struggling with the concept of editorial freedom. You're certainly struggling with producing facts to back up your barmy assertions.
Read 4 tweets
1 Jan
In one of the most egregious examples of value destruction in newspaper history, JPI Media (formerly Johnston Press), owners of The Scotsman and a raft of regional titles, is sold for a mere £10m, spread over 3 years. They bought The Scotsman Group alone for £160m in 2005.
The Scotsman had been purchased for £80m 10 years before that. So we (I was Publisher for those 10 years) doubled its value in a decade. Add in another £25m for the magnificent building we constructed (which JP did not buy but rented before moving to much reduced premises).
So after a decade of massive valued added, JPI Media managed to destroy most of it in the following 15 years. The Scottish political and media establishment has been curiously quiet about JPI Media’s appalling record. Perhaps because they were complicit.
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9 Dec 20
Key quotes from businessman letter to Herald:
“I have never encountered anti-Scottish resentment south of the Border (indeed the number of Scots in top positions in my industry rather suggests the opposite).
What I have rather encountered is a quite genuine sense of bewilderment at an endless enunciation of grievance and inferiority. This isn’t Anglophobia, it is something more. [The SNP wants] to control our own future and decide what sort of country we choose to live in.
Quite right. That’s why we have a Scottish Parliament in charge of the vast bulk of the internal affairs of Scotland, capable of producing a radically different agenda if it should so choose.
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25 Sep 20
Important thread (for me!): With heavy heart I announce I will be leaving the BBC. Despite sterling efforts by new DG to come up with other programming opportunities, it could not quite repair damage done when Andrew Neil Show cancelled early summer + Politics Live taken off air
But I leave with no animosity or desire to settle scores. I look back on my 25 years doing live political programmes for the BBC with affection. And gratitude for brilliant colleagues at Millbank, who always made sure I went into the studio fully briefed and equipped for the fray
They were/are the best of the best. If they can make me look good, they can make anybody look good. There could have been a different outcome but for reasons too dull to adumbrate, we’ll leave it there. I wish the BBC and the new DG well. The BBC will always be special to me.
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