1/ My bet is that on June 23rd 2016 not a single person in the UK had an in-depth understanding of the full ramifications of voting for Brexit. Only a few hundred at the most properly understood the trade issues.
2/ Highly complex issues such as Brexit must always be handled via representative democracy, and to be done properly that would have meant MPs engaging in months of reading, lectures, seminars and debates to ensure they were able to make an informed decision.
3/ We have a representative democracy so that MPs can use their knowledge and judgement on our behalf. But if they are ignorant on major issues then the system is broken. We need to find some way of bringing Parliament up to proper professional standards.
4/ In some ways the political battle of our time is a battle between a political amateurism suited to simpler times, and the professional standards many people have to follow in their working lives. I think it's time professionally minded folk started asserting themselves.
5/ A lot of people had a kind of fairly good overview of the Brexit issues, but when it comes to detail how many know the details of EU trade arrangements with African countries? In five years I've only encountered one person who really knows about this, and it certainly isn't me
6/ I doubt if more than 5% of the population have heard of rules of origin, and I doubt if more than a few hundred can give a reasonably accurate summary of how they work with respect to imports into the EU. I would guess that only a few thousand know what a WTO quota is.
7/ And if you think I'm posing as some kind of clever cloggs, I've only got the sketchiest knowledge of the things I've mentioned in the last two tweets, and I spent 4 years reading up on Brexit issues.
8/ The real problem with ignorance, is not a lack of knowledge - all of us are profoundly ignorant about most matters. It is the failure to understand the limits of one's knowledge, and to grasp, to some degree, the extent of what one does not know.

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10 Apr
1/ The Tories were once a democratic party serving millions of middle class people and hundreds of thousands of British businesses. Now the Tory elite serves only itself and its super-rich backers - neither of these groups cares for democracy.
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2/ Like the Republican elite, the Tory elite and their kleptocratic media allies and paymasters have learnt that they can manipulate poorly educated voters through crude appeals to their fears and prejudices. The 2019 election results clearly reveal this. Image
3/ This politics of manipulation means the Tory elite and their kleptocratic paymasters no longer have to worry about actually benefiting the people who vote for them. All that is required is an endless supply of crude, emotive theatrics and slogans.
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10 Apr
Please retweet if you want the opposition parties to cooperate in the next General Election in order to get the Tories out.

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The political system and media are already hugely biased towards the Tories. If they win another election they will so distort our political system that the UK will in effect become a one party state. That's why a #ProgressiveAlliance is so necessary.
A #ProgressiveAlliance will not fall into our laps. Labour requires a rule change to make it possible, and Labour's byzantine decision-making process and powerful vested interests, I'm sure including Len McCluskey, will make getting agreement to a PA a massive struggle.
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9 Apr
Never forget that Brexit was won by a coordinated fascist hate campaign against immigrants in the tax-dodging Brexit billionaire press. It was not journalism or fair comment. It was a successful fascist and racist attempt to incite hate. Those responsible should be jailed.
And never forget that after the referendum political and media opposition to Brexit was largely suppressed by a successful populist campaign of intimidation based on the fascist mantra of the "Will of the People" as outlined Goebbels after a Nazi referendum victory.
And never forget that the fascist Brexit hate campaign in the media led to the murder of an MP and death threats to many other people targeted as enemies of Brexit; threats which actually altered some MPs' votes in the Commons. That was terrorism and it was incited by the press.
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7 Apr
1/ If the Tories win the next election they will so distort our political system that opposition parties won't be able to win power. Brexit was just the first step in the dismantling of British democracy. That's why we must have a Progressive Alliance.
2/ I am not saying the Tories are plotting to destroy democracy. It's rather that the Tory elite has no care for democracy. It serves only itself and its super-rich paymasters. Whenever democracy or the law become a nuisance it naturally acts to weaken them.
3/ The process of dismantling democracy has already got to the point where the Labour leadership is pretty much cowering under the table out of fear of a media dominated by offshore billionaires, and a Tory BBC. That's the behaviour of a party in a Putinist managed democracy.
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7 Apr
The centre and left are mostly clueless about the power of propaganda. Their leaders tend to believe that we must work with voters' preexisting options. The right used a massive fascist propaganda campaign to make people blame the EU for their problems.
The centre and left tend to have a naively economistic view of politics. The left believe political views should reflect economic inequalities, the centre believes that they should reflect economic success or failure. The hard right know this is not true.
Some on the centre and left have grasped the the old economistic models of politics don't work, but now they take the prejudices prevalent in current politics as givens, whereas the right see them as raw materials to be moulded into the desired shape by propaganda.
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5 Apr
EU Freedom of Movement must be restored in the UK as soon as possible. Please retweet if you agree.
EU Freedom of Movement is a basic right, a birthright for many. It was removed almost entirely without debate because most of our wretched cowed and cowardly opposition politicians dared not challenge the fascist hate politics of the Brexit right.
We have had five years when most of our wretched opposition politicians have sought to appease the fascist hate politics of the Brexit right. You cannot appease fascism and racism. You have to fight them unflinchingly with all your force. Always.
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