Listening to @thestrandgroup event with @edballs on what “Global Britain” should mean.
Interesting point that Global Britain has to first clear the pretty high bar of not becoming Global England, given the likely crumbling of the UK
Does “global britain” really just mean that we want global reach? And if so, can we be sufficiently humble and dial down the hubris to succeed?
And @edballs makes the point that government needs to strike a balance between ambition and humility. I’d add ability.
British exceptionalism must be laid to rest lest we want to alienate international allies and future partners on trade, security and climate
And @edballs says Starmer can’t afford to allow Johnson to own the phrase Global Britain
Now @JoJohnsonUK says we aren’t match fit to play on global stage without major upskilling and investment in our infrastructure. Says gvt still unclear on strategy for combining levelling up with their trade ambitions. Need to marry the two.
Lord Macpherson says it’s really important that Britain remains open and current gvt instincts too protectionist. Reminds us that services must be prioritised.
Says successful service sector requires world class talent in tech, fin tech, biotech etc, and that will need a review of the poor immigration policies we currently have
Growth strategies of Ken Clarke, Gordon Brown and George Osborne had similarities around skills, innovation and investment. Says we need cross party approach to education. And to keep the Union together.
@EmilyThornberry reminds us that Johnson has been talking about Global Britain for years and has yet to define it
She was making a serious point about the belief in the idea rather than a concrete reality. The negative impact on our exporters and importers is supposed to be outweighed by future dividends from trade beyond the EU.
But that leap of faith is going to be very difficult. And it’s not obvious there WILL be a soft landing. Given the feebleness of the deals being signed by Truss
@EmilyThornberry predicts Parliament will end up debating the issues like the impact of our trade deals on human rights, environmental standards, etc rather than the monetary value of them

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I am full of rage. I can’t bear the mistakes this nasty, incompetent government keeps making.

It chose not to fight the virus, but to try and live with it. It’s no surprise therefore that the mutation almost certainly happened on these shores not elsewhere.
The government has spent the year pandering to its libertarian flank, themselves unrepresentative of the vast majority of Brits who favoured lockdown.

They put up the false binary of choosing between lives and livelihoods. And ultimately failed us on both.
I am so angry. It didn’t have to be like this. We are an island. We should’ve locked down hard, and fast.
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We now know he meant “get ready for no deal Brexit”.

He’s failed Britain. He’s limiting our ambitions. He’s reducing our influence.
The popular vote rejected Brexit last year. More people voted for anti Brexit parties than pro, but our fptp voting system bastardises electoral outcomes meaning election outcomes are a poor reflection of what voters actually want. Johnson and Farage exploited that.
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I am unbearably sad and angry for young people.
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Previously they’d have had the right to work in 27 other countries.

But their FoM has been stolen from them.
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Politicians can’t be allowed to neglect future voters like this
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