I want to be governed by intelligent people again.
The people who knew exactly what #Brexit they were voting for are definitely going to know exactly when they should wear a mask.
#july19th #ToryBritain #idiocracy #COVID19
Instead of being guided by data and clinical advice, we are currently ensnared by a PM being held in a headlock by right wing ‘freedom fighters’ who walk around carrying pints of milk as a symbol of their intellectual vacuity. None of it can end well. #july19th #FreedomDay
I cannot stand this government.

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5 Jul
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One of my kids is at the age where there’s a need to start thinking about secondary education. Having grown up abroad it’s proving quite the revelation. I can barely believe what I’m learning about our education system & it explains so much about what’s wrong here. 1/
Option 1. Do nothing & end up with a state education that by any international standard is sub optimal. Cut off many routes for his future.

Option 2. Submit him to selective testing and the stress of it, tuition programme etc, so that he gets in (if he passes) to a grammar. 2/
Option 3. Pay 30,000 a year for him to be privately educated. There are two more siblings one year behind so that’s nearly 100k/year for several years, to produce English public school boys. Not an enthralling prospect.

But option 4 is the absolute banger, coming up next…3/
Read 7 tweets
3 Jul
Boston Dynamics robots. Incredible and alarming in equal measure.

Fascinating to see an almost 50-50 split in reactions to this from the ‘alarming’ appalled camp to the ‘incredible’ and enthralled group. I’m torn between them. It’s all in how it’s used & what they’re programmed to do of course.That rests as always with what humanity determines.
Are these robots:-
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19 May
Just watched that right wing genetic experiment Daniel Hannan lecturing British farmers about why they should be celebrating their market being flooded with flown in Australian beef and in the end concluded that he simply doesn’t know where Australia is. 🤦🏻‍♂️
Oh lol. 😂
His header pic 😂🤦🏻‍♂️
Read 4 tweets
12 May
I have a son around this age. This Palestinian boy is saying goodbye to his dad, killed in #Gaza.

It’s unbearable to watch, but if we can’t watch it, how can we ever fight for justice for these people.

They are human beings like you and me. #Palestine
There’s nothing ‘anti-Semitic’ about opposing this grim right wing Israeli government, or ‘anti-British’ about opposing this grim right wing U.K. government.

Jews aren’t ‘a specific government of Israel’ in the same way climate isn’t ‘weather’ & Muslims aren’t ‘the Taliban’. 🤯
A lot of Israeli people all over the world intensely dislike what is done in their country’s name. This is too often overlooked. #GazaUnderAttack #gaza #Palestine #Israel
Read 4 tweets
22 Mar
How to write a contrarian right wing article - a tips thread. 

1. Start by saying how awful whatever has just happened is (a murder, racist incident, etc). 

2. Say many of your friends have also been murdered/subject to racism, etc.

3. Add some faux anger and indignation - 'I therefore won't be lectured by [insert celebrity]'on said problem. 

4. Cite some dodgy statistics from another country to show how actually there is less of this problem now than there used to be, and how it was (n't) dealt with.

5. Cite some anecdotes based on precisely zero empirical evidence (e.g. 'my son's school friends all tell me that...')

6. Attack the people who are concerned about the issue and distort reality (e.g. 'they are part of a campaign group funded by x', even if they aren't)

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20 Mar
Thatcher was livid with the Archbishop of Canterbury for declining her 🇬🇧 jingoism after the Falklands War, and that his sermons thanked God for the end of warfare, not victory, and mourned the Argentinian dead.

They briefed he was ‘unpatriotic’.

Runcie had won the MC in WW2.
I interviewed Robert Runcie as a student for a radio station. He had pulled men out of burning tanks as a tank commander in the Second World War. Including a German foe. He didn’t need lessons on patriotism or anything else from any flag waving clowns.
Presumably this former RAF officer who served in WW2 would also now be deemed unpatriotic. Bet he didn’t have flags all over his house. #FlagShaggers
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