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20 Feb, 4 tweets, 1 min read
Johnson sidelining Gove and promoting Frost is going to be a pretty major problem for him. Perhaps not immediately. It means Brexit is going to be more of an issue than it needs to be, at a time when rest of Tory MPs were perhaps ready to partially move on.
Also while Gove is unlikely to be leader, were he to choose to rally behind someone else (also someone pushed aside by Johnson - Sunak for example) you start to see a weakening of Johnson's position.
If The Times piece is right, Johnson promoted Frost because he trusts him, and Frost owes all his power to Johnson. But a good politician is one that doesn't change the apparatus of the state to suit the people who are his mates.
We haven't heard the end of this for sure...

Here's the piece in The Times:…

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21 Feb
Corbyn would be a better leader of the opposition than Starmer right now

He dislikes what the Tories do and how they behave and would actually *oppose*

Starmer is instead contorting himself by trying to tell people what he thinks they want to hear
I’m no Corbynista. He was a poor politician in many ways in my view, and Labour is better off with him being gone. His inability to deal with antisemitism in the party is reason enough it’s better he’s gone
*But* on UK politics Corbyn knew what he wanted, and knew where his ethics were

On Hancock behaving unlawfully he’d demand Hancock resign

He’d tear into the supposedly pro-business Tories for a Brexit Deal that kills small businesses
Read 4 tweets
17 Feb
Earlier today I cast an eye over the communication of the "European Year of Rail"

It's *this year* folks, just in case you were not aware

There's a chirpy video (oddly with a load of Russian trains) and a nastily Photoshopped ICE on a dedicated website…
There's a hashtag too! #euyearofrail

@unsereOEBB even decorated a train with it - and @MartinSelmayr launched it

But the amount of content on the hashtag is... well, it's pretty thin gruel. Mixed in with cheery infographics about why trains are good…
Read 9 tweets
17 Feb
The most annoying thing about tweeting about 🚅?


It's not ill intentioned, but don't you think that if I am writing about night trains in Europe... I might have encountered ÖBB's NightJets already? 🤔
And yes, I don't work in the rail industry. There are loads of technical things I do not know, and cannot know, and I am super happy to learn those - and loads of nerds help me enormously with that - dozens of those people are on Twitter and they're ace
But as far as any lay person goes then I think I have a pretty good understanding of what is going on... much of it has been written up here as well:…
Read 4 tweets
15 Feb
Is there a list of *all* the infra projects needed to make #Deutschlandtakt by 2030 a reality? I am struggling a bit... Do you know @Koelschlenny @elba013 @vorortanleiter @Schienenallianz @bladewing678 ?
There's a huge list here:…

But these are surely not all *necessary* (although they're all being planned)
This explains why new infra is needed, but doesn't say *what* exactly…

Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030 has a load more projects, but again no clarity…
Read 6 tweets
15 Feb
As arguments about the interplay between the NI Protocol and TCA rumble on, it's time for a kind of typology of solutions

These are:
1️⃣ Turn-a-blind-eye
2️⃣ All-UK
3️⃣ Build-the-infrastructure

A quick 🧵
1️⃣ Turn-a-blind-eye

"Gove asks EU for extension of NI Protocol grace periods to 2023"…

Basically everything agreed is too hard to do, grace periods to be extended long beyond April

Leads to legal uncertainty
Typical quote:
Michael Gove "It does not threaten the integrity of the EU single market to have bulbs ordered from a wholesaler in Scotland or England which will then be planted in a garden in Belfast or Ballymena."
Read 11 tweets
12 Feb
This tweet about night trains in 🇫🇷 gained quite some traction this morning

And sure, night trains are *good*

But we need to be a little more clear headed than that

A 🧵

First of all, night trains only really make sense for routes that most people would not try to accomplish in the daytime by 🚅

Paris-Brive, Paris-Clermont F, Lyon-Toulouse are all under 5 hours by daytime train. These will not work as night train connections
Second, that you *could* theoretically run a train at night does not necessarily mean you should

Paris-Albi for example is 7 hours daytime train, because the infra is lousy. And you can drive it faster
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