ICYMI, this British scandal is extremely important for that country and several others.

PM Boris Johnson must resign. The sooner he does, the better.

IMO, there is no excuse for any elected or appointed official breaching lockdown rules like this.

In my experience both inside and outside government, such scandals from time to time can be forgiven BUT: not during a life and death national emergency like this pandemic.

One of the benefits of a Westminster system is that a PM or a government can be removed at any time.
Those involved in events that were both legally and morally/ethically wrong are not just out of touch with the needs of the public: they are clueless about PR and common sense; which often coincide.

Whatever country you're talking about, those at the top used to do better.
That's one of many things that are making this pandemic harder than it needed to be. Leaders, and their advisors, no longer act with "street level" instincts.

I think the only way to address it is to hold as many pairs of feet to the fire as we can, for as long as it takes.
Leaders and their advisors need to experience the natural consequences of treating the public with such extreme disregard.

Real life for the public, esp. the most vulnerable, has become very, very difficult. We are defenseless against the incompetence or abuse of "our leaders."
And completely predictably, bad actors like the dictators in certain authoritarian regimes are exploiting the crisis to further invade & occupy neighboring countries.

Somehow, we have to decide the level of resource to use at home, & abroad. Ignoring either is not an option.
The UK is in a delicate position right now - domestically and internationally.

Boris Johnson has lost the confidence of the public and of many MPs within his own party. It's not just the lockdown social events, of course. Multiple failures have become exposed.

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Thread: For my fellow American democracy lovers, of any stripe.

This first anniversary was an emotional rollercoaster for me. We'll have to heal ourselves and democracy, while unceasingly fighting for justice at the same time.


Imma watch and re-watch this strong, timely, presidential address over and over. Been waiting for these things to be said, inside that sacred place.

Some more great videos to watch from today.

Stephen Colbert:

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That's true, the level and type of co-ordination became clearer after the event.

But days prior (see my next tweet) and on 1/6 itself, there was already enough publicly available info to know this was a coup attempt with a terrorist attack involved.

Sickening isn't it?
I gotta provide some context about my 12/27/20 tweet below. I was almost out of the cult & had accepted #TrumpLost. But I kept an open mind about supposed "evidence" GQP Senators promised to reveal on 1/6. That was the last possible legal "remedy."
I had underestimated the level of violence, but plenty of people closer to the subject gave explicit warnings on Twitter, that evidently were ignored by authorities before 1/6.

From early on I wrote about the yawning gaps in routine security planning:

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Very quick thread on #FreeJimStewartson @jimstewartson

(I added his username in anticipation of a positive result from his appeal below. Also FW @radicalizedpod please & subscribe to their podcast. It's brilliant, as is Jim.)

I am sick to death of having to beg Twitter to reinstate accounts that are actually on the good side, ie law abiding people volunteering their time and throwing everything they have at the dire emergency caused by far right fascism throughout the GOP.
#FreeJimStewartson is one of the pro-democracy activists I first started reading on my journey out of the "maga" mvt culminating on 1/6/21, almost one year ago today.

His evidence & arguments are among the best I've seen. H/t @rickyx2001 @gal_suburban @davetroy for pic:
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Her post is a good eg of the fact-free "logic" used in the far right fascist GQP. It's an educational tool. (MTG is just a tool.😉)

On the upside, her Twitter a/c had about 500k followers, and at Telegram it's 150k. Many are bots. But in any case, the vocal minority are TINY.
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Always remember how tiny the group of literal anti-Americans is. An unknown number of 2020 R voters left within weeks of the election & they're not going back.

So do not let this place get you down, ever.
Both sides claim to be "the silent majority" all the time.

Right now the actual silent majority includes D voters, #XGOP folk like me, and everyone who didn't vote R last time. That's a huge number.

To win 2022 we* have to Get Out The Vote like never before.
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An interesting thread of points from the attached opinion piece.

A couple of points I want to add:

The pandemic stagnated the population as a whole in 2021, and that is temporary...
Travel restrictions are the main reason for declining lawful immigration worldwide. When immigration came to a screeching halt, most countries were worse off as a result. Skilled labor shortages were enough of a challenge before the pandemic... it's gone crazy now.
The idea that even the US can be functional without skilled foreign migrants and temporary guest workers is a nonsense.

Demand levels in specific industries are too fluid for the long process of domestic education and training to respond in time. Even truer outside the US.
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#ProCovid losers on the right are claiming this is some kind of bombshell admission, lol. We have known this from pandemic Day One.

They do not, and cannot, #science.

Much easier to take a quote out of (ANY kind of) context. Dishonest. So don't fall for it.
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It affects others, too. Because every aspect of this pandemic is a public health issue that can seriously affect other people.
The US Constitution and laws have ALWAYS allowed governments to declare a national security / public health emergency and TEMPORARILY suspend SOME individual freedoms, in order to SAVE LIVES and maintain national security. These are the most important rights enshrined in law.
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