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25 Sep, 4 tweets, 1 min read
There's three routes to solving the HGV issue, although none of them will work quickly. 1) streamlining training 2) opening up to European drivers 3) improving conditions. The first has been done badly, the second resentfully and the third not at all.
It's hard, long term work: sorting the sleeping arrangements, showers, toilets and food that drivers get. In some European countries, these are free and of good quality. In the UK they're charged and of very poor quality.
Ultimately it's about treating drivers with respect. And for all the government's efforts to dress up their anti-immigrant agenda by talking about a 'high skill high wage' domestic economy, they've shown fuck all interest in accomplishing that.
Incidentally the EU are way ahead on 3, which then makes 2 less effective. inews.co.uk/news/hgv-short…

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25 Sep
Three months. Incredible. Just three months. Good luck with that lads.
Key thing here is how the strategic failure is the result of a moral failure.
We treat immigrants like they're objects. Cheap foreign labour on tap, not really human - just a thing that does stuff.
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25 Sep
Christ alive, the Andrew Neil sob story.
He goes off to run a populist right wing 'anti-woke' channel in which he'd capitalise on national division by railing against 'the elite' in between jetting off to his French and New York pads.
It turned out they can't find their arse for their fucking elbow. So he pretends it's all a matter of high principle, rather than the fact he took a punt on toxic right wing politics and ended up looking a bellend.
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25 Sep
I get why Starmer wanted to use the conference ahead of any potential election period to show he was getting the party into shape. They'd been comprehensively twatted by the country. You've got to show you listened to that and want to change
I also get why he wanted to change the rules. Corbyn's period was a betrayal of the party, a betrayal of the country and a betrayal of anti-racism. When it goes that badly wrong, you've got to reverse engineer a solution to prevent it happening again
The plan is fine. But you have to be able to time and deliver it.
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18 Sep
Just had absinthe for the first time since uni and now remember why. Fucking stuff tastes like some kind of messed up children's medicine.
You can actually feel this stuff making you drunk in real time, from your face to your toes. It's preposterous.
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16 Sep
Quite apart from the silliness of the proposal, and it really is quite mind-meltingly silly, how exactly do you measure this? What precisely is British about Fleabag and in what quantities would it be needed to satisfy the criteria? inews.co.uk/news/john-whit…
I mean, I kind of agree that Fleabag is distinctly British. Something about the self-deprecation and lack of sentimentality. But we don't own those qualities. Why wouldn't that be very Danish? I would love to see the Excel spreadsheet where you get to turn that into units.
Also, it seems to solve a problem that doesn't exist. British telly is already really very fucking British. I show that stuff to my cousins overseas and they're usually baffled.
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15 Sep
North London people: Pop London, our family's fashion boutique, is holding a fashion show in Wood Green tomorrow night. Free entry - drinks, gorgeous sustainable fashion, and me doing whatever I'm told.
I do not understand the fashion part. But I very much understand the bit where we all drink in the sun and listen to music.
Yeah so that was a fantastic night. @popldnboutique really does put on the best shows: London through and through. Just the thing after a day of relentless political horror.
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