@13sarahmurphy@Jesse_Norman is husband of Kate Bingham has no confidence in #Johnson's leadership or policies! 1. "You have presided over a culture of casual law-breaking in 10 Downing St in relation to #Covid."
"To describe yourself as vindicated is GROTESQUE."
@13sarahmurphy@Jesse_Norman 2. "in the Queen's Speech & elsewhere, your current policies are DEEPLY QUESTIONABLE.
Breach of the #NIProtocol wd be ECONOMICALLY VERY DAMAGING,
& almost certainly ILLEGAL."
Mar 1 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
OMG @IoWBobSeely = IMPORTANT speech atm on: #SLAPP & eg major legal firms don't do "know your client checks" as know "inherently corrupt"😱
"I note some oligarchs are distancing themselves from President Putin: (names 3!!)..I'm sorry I do not buy it!" @carolecadwalla@peterjukes
Go back to Ukraine
"Firtash, now wanted by the Americans was set up by #Gazprom & by Putin, he was given sweetheart deals, so to import vast amounts of cheap energy into Ukraine. The vast profits he was able to garner from those sweetheart deals gave him a good life, but..
"Ony 6 mths ago we were describing the chaotic retreat from #Afghanistan as the biggest failure of western foreign policy for decades.."
1."We are not a global military power, despite the Govt's hubristic rhetoric"!
"The pivot to the east was a MAJOR STRATEGIC MISTAKE & should be reversed..." 2. "our most important security and economic relationships are with Europe. Windy talk of GLOBAL BRITAIN CUTS NO ICE when the Russians can seize a friendly European democracy." 😢 #RussianWar #Ukraine
7 STEPS FROM DEMOCRACY TO DICTATORSHIP
"Democracy doesn't disappear over night. RW populism doesn't goose-step into power fully formed, it CREEPS!"
7 SIGNS 1. Create a populist nationalist MOVEMENT #Brexit
Target the 'left behind'
Erdogan called it 'the will of the REAL people'😲
@sophieraworth on @bbcsml talks to @mvankerkhove of @WHO: @WHO advises keep measures eg masks, WFH for the time being!
RE "PM's plans to end self-isolation rules for people with #Covid in the coming weeks"
☡@sophieraworth "It sounds as if it ALARMS you?" @mvankerkhove "It does!"
☡"WE NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS" [@mvankerkhove of @WHO]
"We're NOT out of the woods yet!
We need to exit this gracefully, carefully & slowly.
This virus is moving to an endemic state, but can't reach an endemic state in one country, while the pandemic is thriving elsewhere"🔥
Jan 22 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
NATIONAL IMPORTANCE #Lawfare 20/1/22 @DavidDavisMP
'..those with exceptionally deep pockets & exceptionally questionable ethics. These people use our justice system to threaten, intimidate & put the fear of God into British journalists, citizens, officials & media organisations..
What results is injustice, intimidation, suppression of free speech, the crushing of a free press, bullying& bankruptcy. It results in protection from investigation & gives encouragement to fraudsters, crooks & money launderers...
@carryonkeith@GarethDaviesNAO on @IanKingSky on #BounceBack loan #Fraud!!
='£17bn uncollectable, 5bn fraud'...BUT DAMNING APPRAISAL GETS WORSE!! LONG THREAD!!
Eg. Govt removed credit checks so no idea of credit worthiness!
1/@carryonkeith@GarethDaviesNAO@IanKingSky MORE EXAMPLES:
1.'DUPLICATE PAYMENT CONTROL': Spotting ppl who were making #BounceBack loan applications to multiple banks, that wasn't brought in for a month which might not sound v much but in this scheme £28 BILLION was lent in the 1st month & by far the busiest month!...
Jan 11, 2021 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Great speech by @EmilyThornberry in Global Britain Debate!
Now #Theresa May speech is ASTONISHING!😲 @carolecadwalla@mrjamesob
Global Britain: It's about more than trade, it's about "shared values, our respect for human dignity, human rights, equality, the #RuleofLaw
freedom, democracy..it's about how we work with others.& maintain rules-based order which protects those values..
Sadly what we saw last wk in US shows us how fragile..democracy can be when it is under pressure from #populism & #nationalism fuelled by messages disseminated on SM!
"FARCICAL proceedings, rubber-stamping a CRUCIAL Bill in an afternoon"😱
What's most striking =treaty's ASYMMETRY: We are a service economy running goods deficits & service surpluses, yet this treaty gives the 27 free access here for their goods but gives us nothing..
❌NOTHING in return on services:
❌NOTHING for the City or Edinburgh;
❌NO recognition of qualifications
❌NOTHING on data adequacy
❌NOTHING for the digital or creative economy, hard hit by the loss of free movement.💔😭
Jan 5, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
LORD MARKS #BrexitBill
=Draconian limitation of our scrutiny:
❌NO C'ttee stage
❌NO Report stage
❌3 mins each to speak
—flows directly from the Govt being too cowed by the ERG 😬to extend the transition period beyond tomorrow.😭😭
= Disgraceful Hobson’s choice
I will vote against the Bill..in protest against this bad agreement & its chaotic, UNDEMOCRATIC implementation. The Bill is UNDEMOCRATIC not just in its timescale but in its content, with MASSIVE, all-encompassing HENRY VIII powers in Clauses 31- 33
Jan 5, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
🔥 "BONFIRE not of red tape, but OF BUSINESS" 🔥
+ "uncertain future for financial services"☡
"A PERVERSE & RETROGRADE step by a Conservative Party captured by an IDEOLOGICAL, ANTI-EUROPEAN group, fuelled by POPULIST XENOPHOBIC NATIONALISM." 🔥🔥🔥😭
As OBR has forecast, this 🔥BONFIRE OF BUSINESS will directly lead to a fall in GDP & to us being poorer, particularlythose at the bottom of the pile.😭
That alone is a very good reason for voting against the #BrexitBill, but there is an even more important reason...
Jan 5, 2021 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
SO MANY constitutional experts condemn Exec abuse of powers @HLConstitution
Many distinguished figures eg Lord Hannay (former ambassador & Perm Rep to EU & UN) condemn as a TRAVESTY @HansardSociety said it was an 'abdication of constitutional responsibility' & a 'farce'!
LORD HANNAY cont #BrexitBill UNTRUTHS
Does jurisdiction of ECJ in this country cease on Thursday?
No, not in NI, & not in respect of issues relating to the status of EU citizens living & working in this country
Are were gaining our independence?
No, we never lost it! #BrexitLies
How otherwise could we have decided to leave the EU?
Are we regaining unfettered sovereignty, that golden calf before which so many supporters of leaving the EU seem now to worship?
NO, this agreement we are debating inhibits the exercise of our sovereignty in hundreds of...
Jan 3, 2021 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
LORD FOX #BrexitDeal#BrexitReality 2. Double regulation means double cost! Any UK company wishing to export to EU now must comply with both new UK regulations & standards & EU ones—an extra set of design, testing, certification & admin costs. Eg Chemicals = £1 bn of EXTRA cost!
What are Govt doing to alleviate millstone hanging around British industry? 3. Rules of Origin: #BrexitDeal does not allow for parts imported from regions outside UK & EU to be counted towards local content = diagonal cumulation.This will make it hard, or impossible☡😭 for...
Jan 3, 2021 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
@PeterHain🔥 #BrexitBill= a TRAGEDY😢
Dogmatism which confuses sovereignty with power & influence has triumphed. This thin deal is better than no deal...but no pumped-up, jingoistic celebrations can disguise an act of GRATUITOUS, ENORMOUS NATIONAL SELF HARM. 😭💔
Our weight and influence on the global stage as a senior member of the world’s biggest trading & diplomatic bloc is now reduced to that of a bit player in an increasingly dangerous multipolar world.. a rule-taker, excluded from the v European trade, defence, foreign & external..
Dec 30, 2020 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
LORD PURVIS was wondering what a cynical govt wd do if knew it could only get a POOR #BrexitDeal🤔👇
▪leave it to the last minute
▪issue a misleading press statement
▪only allow minute scrutiny
▪seek to prevent post-legislative scrutiny
▪refuse to publish impact assessment
The INDEPENDENT UK Trade Policy Observatory assessment stated:
“Even with the FTA announced on Christmas Eve, Brexit INCREASES UK-EU trade COSTS, REDUCES TRADE btwn them, & requires resources for form-filling, queuing..These in turn, lead to change in consumption which..
Oct 30, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
RE:The future of peace in NI
The Minister did NOT explain how the Bill upholds the GFA. He asserted it, but he did not explain how it upholds it, esp given that it repeals the Irish NIP..majority of contributors to debate—in fact, EVERYBODY except him🤔—dispute that😱
That is the problem the Govt face in setting their face against these amendments.
Unless there is an ulterior motive here🤔& I am not suggesting that of the Minister personally but of No. 10 Downing Street😱 I do not understand. If there are concerns about the implementation..2/
Oct 30, 2020 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
UK membership of EU facilitated the delivery of the agreement in a manner which respected both communities. It was the Johnson Govt’s CHOICE of a hard Brexit which has brought about the need for a BORDER IN THE IRISH SEA, to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.
The land border is:
310 miles long
>200 crossing points
110 million people crossing annually
up to 30,000 crossing daily for work
NI Statistics & Research Agency estimates two-thirds of Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland trade is linked to cross-border supply chains. 2/