Twitter hive mind, please help: I need to send a fax (I know! in 2018!) - can any of my followers recommend an online pdf-to-fax service? [This tweet has been brought to you by the exigencies of Canadian bureaucracy]
Incidentally what kind of Kafkaesque nightmare bureaucracy won't accept emailed scans but will accept faxes of scans uploaded to a random web page?
So yeah, Canada. Of all the bureaucracies I've had to try to negotiate (and there have been several), Canada and specifically the Province of Ontario is easily the worst. And I've lived in Belgium ffs.
So I listened to PM on @BBCRadio4 and caught @EvanHD talking to @RoryStewartUK. Gov comms strategy clearly to paint the WA as a compromise, uniting a polarised country (stop laughing). Stewart tried to make out PV is a fringe extreme w less support in HoC even than ERG… (!) 1/
This is their argument: the WA gives Leavers what they want - end to Freedom of Movement - and Remainers what we want - business continuity. I was really disappointed with @EvanHD for not challenging this utterly bogus framing. 2/
Yes, we know that Leave exploited anti-immigration sentiment, but they ostensibly ran on (a) sunlit uplands & (b) sovereignty. WA delivers neither. 3/
Classic Lexist/Corbynist error here: wrong that all those who are angry at him for his support of Brexit are centrist - I identify as left-wing socialist & see Corbyn as betraying the cause - & if the left are angrier than the right are with him, shouldn’t that worry you??
The Corbynist insistence that anyone who disagrees with Jeremy on Brexit must therefore be a Blairite centrist is every bit as dishonest & ultimately self-defeating an act of self-delusion as the extreme Brexiters who insist that Brexit would be easy but for treacherous Remoaners
I’m left to join @TheGreenParty because @UKLabour were not radical enough for me & because I couldn’t support their anti-migrant lurch under Ed Miliband, but if I had remained in Labour I’d have voted for Corbyn, & boy how I would have regretted that error.
It's clear there are only two options: EEA or staying in EU.
EEA respects results of referendum, but is second best.
Staying in EU is the best option, but what about 2016?
Both options will cause division.
The country is divided and needs bringing back together.
The Brextremists lied and they cheated and they have no plan. The are cultural imperialists. But it's too easy to make them solely responsible for the mess. 2/9
For years, pro-EU forces failed to make the positive argument for the European ideal. Their Europeanness was their focaccia: a sign of class. They joined in the jibes towards Brussels and said in the referendum they didn't "love"the EU, and made only economic arguments. 3/9
#History/#Art thread – From my recent trip to Madurai/Tirunelveli. On Jain sites (some with a rich history dating back to at least the 3rd cent. BCE), early Pandyan rock-cut cave temples (7th-8th cent. CE) & the amazing Vettuvan koil.
Pic: Mahavira (~8 cent CE), Kizhakuyilkudi
Before I start on the places, the history around all this is fascinating & splits opinion. Is it apt to call the script Tamili/Tamil Brahmi? Did it develop independently in the Tamil country/come with the Jain monks from the north? Were 8,000 Jains actually impaled in Madurai?>
>Were the Saivites overaggressive in promoting their faith? Shall only be happy to discuss on these separately (unless it gets too long/irrational). And I’m not posting every inscription from the places here, despite their importance. Again, shall be happy to discuss them.
001/ [article content in this tweet series 001-180 reproduced with permission from Martin Howe QC of Lawyers for Britain @lawyers4britain] #quote "Leaving the EU on WTO terms: pulling down the barriers to world trade
Introduction: why prices will FALL after Brexit, not rise" /002
002/ #quote "Over the past couple of weeks, the media have been full of lurid scare stories about what will happen if the UK leaves the EU on WTO terms, because negotiations with the EU do not result in a withdrawal agreement." /003
Context: one of the top stories about America that our embassies tell is about Martin Luther King. And they don't just tell the "I have a Dream" part. They tell the Selma and Memphis parts too. This is a critical message for our country. 2/
Because MLK protested against his government. He fought to change his government. That is the American story: Standing up against your government. There is almost no other part of the world you can do that without fear of losing everything. 3/
A glimpse into the history of Soviet repression: One of hundreds of pages from 'These Names Accuse', listing the fate of individual Latvians deported to Soviet Russia in 1940-41. Documents like these graphically illustrate the experience of the victims of Soviet Communism. 1.
The details shown bring home the human tragedy of Soviet repression in the Baltic States & help us to understand why the suffering of that period remains an integral part of the national consciousness of these countries today. The childhood of Vanda Buners (#5 on the list)...
would have ended suddenly at the age of 13 when the NKVD arrived unannounced to deport her family, including her 16 year old brother, giving them no more than a few hours notice to pack, perhaps less. Their father was murdered in front of them as they were arrested... 3/7