When was there last a thoroughly satisfying, conclusive, meaningful investigation into anything that has happened in government (or indeed the police)?

It's hard to remember ...

Was there ever a time when such a thing was possible?
It is 100% certain that Sue Gray's "investigation" will not be satisfying, conclusive or meaningful.

It's been set up to fail.


“It is almost as if this investigation was structured in such a way so as to give scope to ministers to leak to the press that they have been ‘cleared’.”

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19 Oct 21
It seems like a reasonable thing to say (and I used to say it) that Leave voters "should have done their research".

But the problem quite specifically in many cases was that they *did* "do their research".

The issue is not their "laziness" so much as their research methods. 1/
A neighbour explained that she and her (retired lawyer) husband had voted Leave because "he did the research and decided it was the right thing."

The research in that case was reading The Telegraph.

But for many more the research will have been done online. 2/
The problem with "online research" is it will tend to send us towards the "evidence" and "arguments" we are predisposed to want to hear. (Exactly as with our Telegraph reader neighbours.)

What it leads to is the amplification of our prejudices, not the questioning of them. 3/
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13 Oct 21
Hands up anyone who *didn't* repeatedly put on record, at the time and in the clearest terms, that the Johnson regime was planning to win an election on the back of the oven-ready WA and then trash it later.

It was obvious to anyone who listened closely to what was happening.
Last May, Baker wrote in the Critic: “He [Cummings] said we should vote for the original withdrawal agreement without reading it, on the basis Michael Gove articulated: we could change it later. But now with him in power, we are putting in a modest border in the Irish Sea.”
Last week, Mark Francois, the current chair of the ERG, told the Guardian they had signed the deal knowing it was “a risk” as the protocol in their view was flawed but there was a greater prize at stake – the UK’s exit from the EU.
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26 Sep 21
Jonathan Franzen, eh?

The most over-rated writer in the history of the written word is still a thing?

Dang. That's my Sunday ruined.

@brokenbottleboy: "If there were a global shortage of Jonathan Franzen interviews, I don’t think desperate people would be queuing up to get their hands on a few quotes."
Franzen is basically just Lionel Shriver: less obnoxious perhaps, but every bit as tiresome and self-obsessed.
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22 Jul 21
Any Brexitist using the phrase "We did not know" needs to be strapped to a rocket and fired into space, and not in a fun, tourist sense.

"We know exactly what Brexit means" was the entirety of their tiresome shtick for five miserable years.
Morever they won an election explicitly on the basis of the self-evident certainty of what Brexit meant.

"We did not know" is thus an admission of fraud.
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