Wandavision is really really good.
Go so far as to say it’s Jessica Jones S1 calibre and bears comparison with Watchmen.
I just adored the first two episodes of set up. They are brilliant in their own right but amazing as a sort of extended prologue. V brave.
The whole none of this is real it is real no it’s just TV maybe it is real schtick is absolute genius for this genre.

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23 Feb
Required reading.

Mij is light years closer to this than me but I question the sustainability of the short term political gain from a continued ‘tough’ position from HMG vs the real life consequences.
That, of course, rather depends on the scale of the consequences and then the attribution of blame...but at the same time worth bearing in mind that a hallmark of Johnsonism is the ability to turn on a dime.
The political equation is as follows:

Relations with the EU =

Political Costs of Economic Friction


Political Gains of Tough Talk
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20 Feb
One wonders how long Lord Frost will retain his new position. The personnel decisions made by the PM are nothing if not frequent, ruthless and mercurial.
The whole affair is very curious. While I am sure that Lord Frost’s elevation owes much to his relationship with the PM and the perceived success of the Brexit negotiation, it is very curious indeed that allegedly it took a threat to resign to secure this new role.
A role which is needed (although might have been structured differently) but was to a large effect previously undertaken (with reasonable success) by Michael Gove who one might imagine may not be entirely happy with this diminishment of his responsibilities.
Read 13 tweets
18 Feb
I thought I might do a little analysis of this tweet. It’s a rare example of a direct and unfiltered communication from a senior politician in a medium which can provoke a more open style.
Firstly, I think we can assume the tweet was penned by Mr. Frost. The tone and content are, in my opinion, too personal and idiosyncratic to have been written by an advisor or a press officer (which would have more likely produced a blander version).
The first paragraph is the substantive part. Mr. Frost states the two most important aspects of his appointment. That he will be the Minister and that in that role he will ‘take forward our relationship with the EU after Brexit.’
Read 14 tweets
16 Feb
This is very interesting indeed. I’m going to suggest the pandemic will shifting from the period of crisis to the transition to recovery to recovery itself. We are currently positioned at the cusp between crisis and transition.
Inevitably, the transition will be complicated, contentious, full of policy mistakes, and take longer than everyone wants. But it *will* happen. We are coming out of all of this. We will come out of this.
What then does the recovery look like. I think it is gallopingly naive to think the recovery looks like pre pandemic business as usual. We’ve experienced a once in a lifetime shock to pretty much everything you can imagine.
Read 4 tweets
14 Feb
It has come to my attention that this take may not seem intuitively obvious to everyone. Well gather round and let me explain my uncannily prescient logic honed through years of staring into the mists that surround the column.
Naysayers, many and occasionally distinguished, point at the government’s antipathy towards Europe, exemplified by its performative expressions of sovereignty, supported by the Labrador-like loyalty of the right wing press, combined with Labour’s apparent lack of interest.
And all of this is true and well observed. It is also true that Europe bashing has provided a rich seam of political capital (indeed it has made the careers of the PM et al) which, like a dog tantalized by the juicy marrow bone of divisive rhetoric, may prove difficult to resist.
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13 Feb
Typically excellent piece from @dsquareddigest The exponential insight is especially neat. Think of it a little like fishing...today you can’t export oysters to the EU (because you simply aren’t allowed to), tomorrow you don’t have a fish exporting business (to the EU).
The extremely small minority of people who known anything about this who think that Brexit will be good for the City make a number of arguments which I shall address in turn...
1. They need us more than we need them. This is a variant of the German carmakers argument. And we know how that went...Business will follow the profit opportunity and if that has moved then so will the business...
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