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I agree with Tony Blair

Who bombed Afghanistan and Iraq against international law.

And John Major

Who promised a referendum on Maastricht, and had an affair with Edwina Currie whilst advocating 'back to basics' morality.

And even David Cameron

Who bombed Libya and Syria against international law.

That we have to be careful with Brexit negotiations, or we might lose our reputation for integrity.

Sadly, we weren't.

We got Johnson - who seems determined to blow the UK to pieces.
Why this tweet?

Because I can face truth.

Our leaders have, in pretty much all cases, been VERY flawed.

I don't idolise them.

But I DO hope that people would have learned from them - at least to recognise the bad qualities.

To judge actions - rather than hero worship.

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2 Apr
I don't get this - the NIP looks intent on splitting England.

And that is apart from the fact it looks designed to split the opposition vote in Hartlepool and gift the Tories another seat.

Surely the most pressing thing for ALL of the UK is to #GTTO?
Even if people are against Keir Starmer, what is gained by giving more power to Boris Johnson?

I wanted to check them out properly, but
@FreeNorthNow has already blocked me

Despite me having no interaction with them that I can remember at all.
Why preemptively block someone who is your target demographic?

I am resident within that yellow area the NIP has highlighted after all.
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14 Mar
There are 2 things going on currently - it is important to recognise the difference.

Firstly - the murder of Sarah Everard and ALL the fear and misogyny women suffer is NOT politics.

It is a societal issue and it MUST be addressed.

Secondly is police response

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There was not the anger over police strong arm tactics against anti-maskers or Black Lives matter.

It was politically divided and we were not vocal.

The heavy handed action was accepted, and those wanting it emboldened.

The thin end of the wedge, actions normalised

What was shocking about the actions of police at the Clapham Common vigil was that it was against women AT A VIGIL.

THAT is how much this action has been normalised - there is no "Police were attacked" excuse.

But police ARE attacked elsewhere.

Read 6 tweets
11 Mar
I just heard @mrjamesob talking about @caitlinmoran's comments.

That she is effectively under curfew in the night hours, and all women are.

That she has to choose between exercise & work in winter months whilst her husband goes for a run after 6pm.
Yesterday I saw something from a woman who missed music when she was running - as she was afraid of having earbuds in and not hearing danger.

This is not new - my mother, who died in her 80's, told me stories when I was young of what she went through.
And by God it hit me hard when she did.

Her not holding it in from shame, but making sure I knew shaped my thoughts early.

Trying to make women who suffer this feel it is their fault?

That they should not talk about it?

That is in itself an attack on them.

Read 5 tweets
4 Mar
Look up Clement Atlee on Wikipedia and you will find next to nowt.

Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee KG OM CH PC FRS (3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967) was a British politician.

Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951, he was the first Labour PM with a majority in government.
He was very important in the setting up of the welfare state. He was made a member of the House of Lords after he retired, and became the first Earl Attlee.

Attlee died of pneumonia in 1967. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

That is it.
The greatest reforming Prime Minister of the 20th century is airbrushed from our history.

Look again though, and you find more

Attlee was born into a middle-class family. After attending the public school Haileybury College and the University of Oxford.
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4 Mar
After Chamberlain, we had Churchill

In 1910 Churchill became Home Secretary, one of the most important members of the government.

In 1911 he was made First Lord of the Admiralty, which put him in charge of the Royal Navy.

When World War I broke out, he stayed in that job.
He organized an invasion in Gallipoli which went wrong, and because of this, he was made to leave the government.

He joined the army and was sent to fight in France, though still a Member of Parliament.

In 1917 he was made Minister of Munitions.
After World War I, in 1919, Churchill was made Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of State for Air (aircraft).

In 1920, he ordered the first air bombing in Africa when he bombed the Darwiish State.

In 1921 he was in charge of the colonies as Secretary of State.
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