You really don’t need a body language expert to understand this.
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20 Jul
There’s a reason we consider all lives of equal value.

Yes, basic human decency. (And yes, we constantly fail to meet that standard, try as we might).

But, for the last eight decades there’s been another reason.

A short 🧵 /1. Image
The following were selected for immediate death:

▪️the sick

… /2.

▪️the elderly

… /3.
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18 Jul
There are so many levels on which this tweet from ⁦@ChesterCath⁩ is inappropriate that I’m sure it’ll be deleted.

The least important is it makes no grammatical sense. (Can anyone tell me when the bells are supposed to ring?)

Anyway, here it is👇
Thank you @SELondoner for highlighting.
Well, credit where it’s due. @ChesterCath have listened.
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15 Jul
There are only a few credible scenarios for this remarkable ⁦@guardian⁩ report, by ⁦@lukeharding1968⁩ & colleagues, of leaked Kremlin papers showing a Putin plot to install Trump & destroy the US. All of them highly important to us all.

Let’s start with the most likely:

(a) it’s all true & the leak’s genuinely just that;

(b) it’s true & the ‘leak’ was done by the US (having obtained the documents by covert means), as part of a major counter-subversion effort; /2.
(c) it’s true & the ‘leak’ was done by the Kremlin, calculating it would heighten division in the US & make Putin & Putinism more feared;

(d) it’s fake & originates from US authorities, as part of counter-subversion;

(e) it’s fake & originates from the Kremlin (see (c)). /3.
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13 Jul
What @profserious learnt in govt. Spot on (thanks @Dannythefink for sharing). I’d add:

▪️Be sure you’re willing & able to leave. Your integrity & contributions you can make elsewhere outweigh any ability to ‘improve things from the inside’ in a govt going beyond the pale. /1.
▪️Follow the example of the wonderful Ossy Hanfling.

As his obituary in @guardian had it:

“He was undaunted by orthodoxy and fashion, and doggedly committed to straight talking and thinking. He never shied away from raising …/2.…
… uncomfortable questions, defending unfashionable views, and deflating intellectual pretensions in a way that somehow managed to be both disarmingly straightforward and subtly ironical. At the same time, he was a paragon of moderation … /3.
Read 5 tweets
8 Jul
ARD German TV London bureau chief @annettedittert lays bare the advancing destruction in the UK of the rule of law, democracy & integrity👇

If you don’t read German, here’s a short 🧵.

If you do, dive in.

Either way, be aware: this isn’t a drill. /1.…
Extracts, in translation:

“The unwritten British constitution […] is a dangerously unreliable foundation […]. Lord Neuberger, the former President of the Supreme Court, even sees Great Britain on a dangerous course towards dictatorship under the Johnson administration”. /2.
“Great Britain is still a long way from the situation in Hungary or Poland, but a lot still reminds of the beginnings of an Orbán or a Kaczyński”. /3.
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4 Jul
The difficulty with this vein of commentary by @jamesrwebber is it boils down to “the govt forced through an unsustainable Brexit deal, fracturing the UK, without NI majority consent, & lied. But we should now pretend the inevitable consequences … aren’t, … because”. /1.
The NI Protocol isn’t the problem, although it’s certainly problematic. The NIP’s a (necessary), temporary compromise. It’s a sticking plaster over the gaping wound consciously created by @BorisJohnson & @DavidGHFrost with their legally binding, ‘oven ready Brexit deal’, …/2.
… the purpose of which was to get the keys to Downing Street, regardless of entirely foreseeable & foreseen consequences. There’s no sustainable outcome which doesn’t involve UK membership of the single market & customs union, or substantially identical arrangements. /3.
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