Light years away from all we have witnessed, so many women, and women of colour, centre stage.

Representation matters. 💜

Something wonderful today. 💜

It’s truly over. He’s gone.

Over to President Biden.

Change. Hope.
Watching, hearing this plea for unity, dignity instead of exhausting outrage, it feels like we can exhale.

And hope the message to stop manipulating & manufacturing facts passes across the Atlantic too.

We, too, could do with some of this.

“Don’t tell me things can’t change.”
This is the speech of the moment, for the moment.

Powerful yet calming, outwards-facing, compassionate. Decency is back in fashion.

Congratulations @POTUS.
Finishing with sunshine and perfection.

This wonderful recital by Amanda Gormon is the icing on the cake, a ceremony filled with the power, presence and grace of so many brilliant women, and so many women of colour.

What a ray of hope. 💜 💛…
And here the full words of The Hill I climb, the powerful, poem of inspirational @TheAmandaGorman.

“For there is always light.

If only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.”…

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26 Dec 20
*That* Gove article shows exactly what has been wrong with the Brexit project since 2016.

It doesn’t offer truths or even perspective. It only offers dishonesty or misrepresentation. Coming as it does from the heart of this govt, the damage is more fatal than “ugly politics”.
For all the breathless reporting of the #BrexitDeal in Britain, as ever with this sorry saga, outside eyes are often the clearest.

This analysis in the @nytimes is a better starting point than so much of what passes for reporting here.…
For example:

“Britain’s services sector — encompassing not only London’s powerful financial industry, but also lawyers, architects, consultants and others — was largely left out of the 1,246-page deal, despite the sector accounting for 80 percent of British economic activity.”
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23 Dec 20
Dreadful, incomprehensible scenes at Dover. These poor lorry drivers left stranded, probably unable to get home for Xmas, without basics like enough loos, washing facilities & food, & insult to injury added by the lack of translators to explain what’s happening. It’s indecent.
Yes, this has occurred after a Covid emergency, but we are days from potentially a No Deal Brexit, so therefore similar border difficulties predictable. The govt has not only claimed it’s been preparing for months, but has had days to endure basic welfare for stranded drivers.
Meanwhile, here is the German Ambassador ensuring basic welfare of stranded drivers.

How is the British govt so unprepared, incapable or unwilling to engage with the human misery caused by the situation? Shouldn’t be put up to charity to fix or feed. But thank you @Khalsa_Aid.
Read 5 tweets
15 Dec 20
#Uyghurs The implications of this new evidence, impacting 20% of the world’s cotton: Companies must consider all cotton produced in Xinjiang *may* be tainted with forced labor.

This has immediate implications for supply chains across the fashion industry.

The this new evidence on forced labour in #Xinjiang to produce cotton should impact govts considering implemention of new human rights due diligence laws, to ensure companies can no longer turn a blind eye to abuses in their supply chains. #modernslavery…
Today I am giving evidence to @CommonsForeign on accountability in international law for atrocities in Xinjiang against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims.

This new evidence on #forcedlabour shows again why govts must take concrete steps to ensure corporate accountability too.
Read 6 tweets
10 Dec 20
There might have been a Brexit without setting fire to everything. At each critical stage, May and Johnson have chosen to take the sharpest non-conciliatory red lines.

This govt *chose* not to extend the transition period in the middle of a global pandemic.

So here we are.
None of this charade is in the national interest - whether you voted Leave or Remain.

None of this uncertainty & disruption begins to represent the 2016 or 2019 promises of this Leave govt.

This is the hijacking of our collective future by a fanatical and incompetent minority.
So much wasted time & resource. To fix a problem created by internal dynamics of the Conservative party.

We could have faced the many real challenges - of climate, health or equality - confronting us.

But those leading created a new problem to distract & drain for a long time.
Read 5 tweets
6 Dec 20
Meanwhile: Up to 4million people caught up #claddingscandal as govt heaps contempt upon contempt on innocent homeowners whilst developers, builders & freeholders profit despite systemic failures.

Thanks to those who won’t let this awful story disappear.…
This by @PeteApps is excellent on the astonishing evidence that emerged in the Grenfell Inquiry this week.

“The picture the inquiry is painting is not yet complete. But it is already starting to look like one of the great corporate scandals of our time.”…
“Thousands of people are trapped in their homes, unable to sell and facing crippling bills for repairs. More fires and more deaths are by no means impossible.” @PeteApps

What will it take to make this govt think seriously and act swiftly and fairly on the #claddingscandal?@mhclg
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6 Dec 20
One of the strangest things about the terms of this Brexit is our apparent adoption of a collective national shrug to the prospect of serious economic damage and job loss, fragility and fear in N Ireland, looming Union break-up, medicine and food shortages & massive disruption.
No doubt there are many explanations, including collective exhaustion after years of toxic division, a largely disinterested media in educating people on the detail, and of course the pandemic.

But, importantly, where do people express & register opposition to what’s happening?
The Opposition should be a forum for this. But Labour’s own divisions are making this a calibrated political analysis rather than a focus for opposition.

Too much of our media has remained enthralled to the personality and drama, rather than educating people on what this means.
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