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25 Nov, 9 tweets, 3 min read
New: Priti Patel has added Lords amendments to the policing bill which effectively criminalise the act of protest inews.co.uk/opinion/priti-…
There's a lot of crap thrown around every day by this government, but it's worth paying particular attention to what is happening with this bill. There are provisions in it so extreme they constitute a fundamental attack on British freedom.
I describe most of them in the piece: Aggressive expansion of stop-and-search, brutal punishments for trivial protest behaviour, very broadly worded offences about "locking on". But the most egregious example is the Serious Disruption Prevention Order.
This is basically a protest Asbo. It can be handed to people convicted of a protest related offence or - and this is crucial, someone who has never been convicted of any crime.
Once the order is imposed, it effectively removes the individuals human rights. They can forced to report to the authorities whenever they demand it, as often as they demand it.
They can also be banned from going to certain places, or socialising with certain people, or possessing certain items, or partaking in certain activities.
It's also a free speech issue. Someone who used their social media account to promote a demonstration could be found in breach of the order.
And again: These orders can be imposed on people who have never been convicted of a crime. They are one of the most draconian ideas I've ever seen in this country's legislation.
If you want to follow what's happening with this bill, please follow the experts, all of whom helped me out with this piece - @Elle_Drews @g__ferris @AdamWagner1 @fairtrials & @Libertyhq

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It's odd to think how strong the Marvel TV bit started. WandaVision was incredible. But since then it's just been drab, tired, uninspired, none of the magic - like walking through treacle.
Can't quite tune out because I love She-Hulk and Ms Marvel. But I'm clinging on by my fingernails.
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Too much to ask, I suppose, that we might recognise the humanity and desperation of the people crossing the Channel. But if we're ever going to do it, it'll be tonight.
Our debate is stuck between treating them as a problem at best, and an invasion at worst. Farage and his ilk promote the second view. Mainstream news bulletins the first.
Longer current affairs programmes are usually quite good on this, but the bulletins are absolutely terrible. They largely accept the framing of the nativist right, if not the rhetoric. The issue is reduced to crossing are bad and they must stop.
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I swear it's getting worse every year, bastards eating up ever more valuable minutes of your life.
The dream version of me fucking lays into them when they answer. The real version of me realises they're some guy on shit pay, is perfectly polite, and then dies a little further inside.
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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…
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Nonsense of course, but telling just how desperately they are wheeling backwards under fire.
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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.
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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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