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16 Nov, 5 tweets, 1 min read
I suspect this will be a minority opinion, given the woman next to us fell asleep and most people leaving the cinema seemed bored silly by it, but I absolutely loved Eternals.
I didn't admire it, or like the ambition or anything like that: I straight-up loved it. Really cared about the characters, was awed by the scale of it, found the ideas really interesting, and thought it had some of the best action scenes in a Marvel movie.
Also, if you're a DC fan who hates most of their movies, it's really easy to see the Justice League in it. Richard Madden is the best Superman for years, Lauren Ridloff the best Flash, and Angelina Jolie was made to play Wonder Woman.
There's also a passionate kiss - nothing coy or demure - between a black man and an Arabic man. I was surprised to find myself really moved by it. It was breaking new ground. And not just for a Marvel film, although that too. I can't remember anything like that in a blockbuster.
If someone did a Marvel marathon - from Iron Man 2, with its sexism and militarism, to this film - you'd get a pretty good summary of positive social change over the last decade. And looked at that way, the pace of change if actually very impressive.

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16 Nov
Jacob Rees-Mogg, looking rather chastened, is currently up in the Commons rescinding the motion he himself aggressively promoted a couple weeks ago parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/1b…
Extraordinary. Mogg: "The tragedy that afflicted Mr Paterson coloured and clouded our judgement - and my judgement- incorrectly. And it is as simple and as sad as that."
Nonsense of course, but telling just how desperately they are wheeling backwards under fire.
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5 Nov
I mean, if this is true we're surely in game-changer territory. This is as big as the vaccine.
There is another story to be told about the pandemic, which is about the triumph of science and common endeavour. We should probably talk about it more, and perhaps we will when the immediate horror is further behind us.
I was listening to a podcast about the mRNA vaccine the other day and that shit is pure sci-fi. Extraordinary to live in a world where it exists.
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5 Nov
I wonder if this week has done anything to convince the doom-mongers on my side of things about how wrong and unhelpful it is to catastrophise everything.
I see countless tweets about how we never had a functioning standards system. But if that's true, why do you think the government is so intent on destroying it?
And what do you think it does to the people who diligently and independently work to maintain scrutiny and probity for people to act like they don't exist or don't matter?
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4 Nov
Quite extraordinary to hear Mogg say that he "fears last night debate conflated the individual case with the general concern". It was a motion on Paterson. Mogg largely ignored it and focused all his attention on the amendment for stitching-up the standards system.
He now says they'll go and try to think up a cross-party way to do this - presumably creating a committee which does not have an in-built Tory majority. Good. But Paterson remains, saved from his punishment by the amendment Mogg himself backed and the govt whipped in support of.
Ah no - turns out they really are U-turning hard as fuck.
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4 Nov
Contemptible. Stone has done nothing wrong. She carried out an inquiry into an MP without fear or favour and rightly found her had broken the rules. And yet the government protects the corrupt MP and calls on the investigator to resign.
It's sickening. A downright moral decay.
Why go after Stone? Well, funny story there. You may remember a little trip to Mustique which Boris Johnson took in 2019. Kathryn Stone concluded he broke the rules because he hadn't "fulfilled conscientiously" requirements to register donations.
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What we're seeing today is an attempt to kill the system of standards in public life. Nothing less.
PMQs starts on the Paterson issue. Johnson says "paid lobbying... is wrong". But then: "That is not the issue in this case. it is not."
This is already a completely unacceptable thing for the prime minister to have said. That is precisely what the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards found in her report and the cross-party Committee on Standards agreed with.
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