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Journalist & author of Shredded: Inside RBS 'Zola-esque' – Bill Jamieson; 'A masterpiece' – @UniMainz_Angl_P 'Read it & weep' – @martinwolf_ see https://t.co/hSUWP1B0Qo
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31 Jul
Home Office set up fake website and a phoney organisation called On The Move in order to mislead asylum seekers. Scoop by @lizziedearden independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n…
Shadow home secretary @NickTorfaen said: “Priti Patel’s chaotic management of the Home Office has led to thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money being spent on an ad campaign that’s false, disgraceful and dehumanising.”
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Priti Patel’s Home Office set up phoney organisation called “On The Move” with a fake website to dupe asylum seekers. independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n… Image
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20 Jul
Floods in China's Henan province and it's capital Zhengzhou seem worse even than what happened in Germany last week. Today Zhengzhou had 200mm of rain in one hour. In Germany, they had 154mm in 24 hours. See @javihagen for more.
Passengers trapped by rising floodwaters on the #Zhengzhou subway await rescue by Henan firefighters. I hope they’re all okay.
Distressing scenes as China’s #Henan province experiences unprecedented flooding. The subway in #Zhengzhou, a city of 10.4m inhabitants (larger than any European city), was inundated after 200mm of rain fell in an hour. via @TimJ_B news.sky.com/story/china-fl…
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15 Jul
At least 42 people have died in Germany and many more are missing following severe floods, police say. At least six others have died in neighbouring Belgium, and the city of Liège has urged all residents to leave. bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…
Germany floods. Cars being washed down the street in western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. #Hochwasser video @rq_sh4
The situation is dire in Liège in Belgium’s French-speaking Wallonia region, where the river Meuse has burst its banks and residents are being evacuated. #Belgium #flooding vrt.be/vrtnws/fr/2021…
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8 May
Just jaw-dropping corruption: the Queen's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, filmed at business meeting where clients were told he could be hired for £10,000 a day to make representations to Putin's inner circle. via @JCalvertST @Arbuthnott @tomhcalver thetimes.co.uk/article/facf79…
Enthusiastically corrupt?

Prince Michael of Kent was willing to push the boat out to help the fake gold-trading company House of Haedong gain access to the Russia market via his contact with Vladimir Putin.

via @thesundaytimes @C4Dispatches
Interesting descriptor for Prince Michael of Kent on Google.
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7 May
Aberdeen Donside is an SNP hold.

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. @Liam4Orkney holds Orkney Islands for the Liberal Democrats.

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SNP's @KarenAdamSNP holds Banffshire and Buchan, with 45.2% of the vote. The Tories' @MarkFindlater came close with 42.9% of the vote. Turnout was 56%. Image
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6 Apr
Dutch cargo ship Eemslift Hendrika adrift off Norway after crew evacuate. Footage from Norwegian search & rescue shows some of the 12 crew jumping into the sea from the badly-listing vessel before being rescued by helicopter 🇳🇴
The owners of the abandoned Eemslift Hendrika have hired Boskalis / Smit to attempt to salvage the drifting and dangerously-listing Dutch-flagged vessel. Two tugboats have been despatched from Bergen and Kristiansand tonight. maritime-executive.com/article/salvag… Image
The Dutch-registered Eemslift Hendrika has been abandoned about 60 miles west of Ålesund, Norway. The 112-metre ship specialises in yacht-transport, offering regular services between Norway and Turkey. reuters.com/article/us-nor… Image
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18 Mar
. @BaronessKramer: "We have to put iron in the spine of the FCA. Whistleblowers are a citizens army that demand respect. They should be protected and not be the victims of retaliation. What they currently go through is frankly shocking". Great session of @TransparencyTF
Ex Lloyds staffer @Carlier_J87 doing a superb presentation of the uselessness of the FCA - and how it failed to meet its statutory objectives - in mini-bond scandal LC&F and Blackmore Bond. @TransparencyTF event
Blackmore Bond raised millions from investors to fund property developments in 2016-18, but the firm went bust in April 2020 owing £46 million. Now the FCA is trying to wash its hands of any responsibility despite investors' losses. @Carlier_J87 @TransparencyTF
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17 Mar
Julie Burchill forced to drop new publisher of her book 'Welcome to the Woke Trials' after its Edinburgh-based owner Tabatha Stirling was outed as a supporter of white nationalist group, Patriotic Alternative theguardian.com/books/2021/mar…
Tabatha Stirling, director of Stirling Publishing, was last December outed as having pseudonymously written articles for the website of the far-right group Patriotic Alternative. Julie Burchill subsequently dropped Stirling as WTTWT's publisher. standard.co.uk/news/londoners…
A disturbing listen. Tabatha Stirling, director of Edinburgh-based @StirlingPublish seeks to persuade far-right group Patriotic Alternative of her white supremacist credentials. Until today Stirling was @BoozeAndFagz's publisher.
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16 Mar
NatWest faces criminal action over money laundering offences. FCA launches criminal action against the former RBS over allegations it failed to detect suspicious activity by a customer who deposited £264 million in cash. via @tomwilson1983 @iainwithers reuters.com/article/us-nat…
Money laundering charges: The FCA alleges NatWest allowed “increasingly large cash deposits” to be paid into a UK-based customer's accounts between November 2011 and October 2016. It's alleged £365m was paid in, including £264m in cash. via @JuliaKollewe theguardian.com/business/2021/…
Prem Sikka suggests the criminal charges against RBS/NatWest could be a ploy to divert attention from FCA's failures, including the fact its former CEO presided over a whitewash of RBS/NatWest GRG after failing to disclose a major conflict-of-interest.
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5 Feb
You've simply got to watch this meeting of #Handforth Parish Council planning committee. Kudos to Jackie Weaver for not losing her cool in the face of astonishing rudeness. Who needs Netflix?
Handforth Parish Council owes it's unlikely fame to teenager Shaan, a 17-year-old from London, who found the @zoom_us meeting footage, and 16-year-old Janine Mason, from Stoke-on-Trent, who launched it onto the world stage. cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-c…
The person who unearthed the extraordinary Handforth Parish Council zoom meeting footage is on Twitter - as @shaanthepenguin!
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2 Feb
That's at least 20 of these inane, cut-and-paste, identical, professions of undying love for Boris Johnson in the past hour, @TwitterSupport. ImageImage
There have been twenty-five more of these inane, copy-and-paste, "bot"-like, badly-spelt tweets praising Boris in the past hour. Luis Filip Mugabe (@SegundaLFVieira) and Aston (@BigMusclesAston) have been particularly active. @TwitterSupport ImageImageImage
Just wondering if this semi-literate Botis Johnson-adoring "bot army" might be the residue of the social-media battalions (paid tweeters) ex-Tory chairman Brandon Lewis hired in February 2018? h/t @MissLyndseyB telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/…
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23 Jan
Handy interactive timeline showing all the times "Covid sceptics" Sunetra Gupta, Carl Heneghan, Karol Sikora, Mike Yeadon, Toby Young, Alison Pearson and Julia Hartley Brewer have been utterly wrong about #COVIDー19

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Another "Covid sceptic" pumping out disinfo about #COVIDー19? Pathologist Clare Craig last Oct tweeted "we're in the midst of a false positive pseudo-epidemic". Now she's emulated Toby Young and deleted all her tweets from 2020. See @NeilDotObrien's thread
In his thread (quote-tweeted above), Tory MP Neil O'Brien examines some of the whackier claims Dr Clare Craig has made about #COVIDー19 in past few months, including the letter she co-signed with David Icke. Image
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22 Jan
The biggest worry about BBC chair Richard Sharp isn't necessarily the £400,000 he's give to the Tories. It's the £35,000 he's given to Quilliam, a "thinktank" loved by the transatlantic super-rich but distrusted by almost every British Muslim @OborneTweets middleeasteye.net/opinion/richar…
BBC chairman Richard Sharp may be wondering whether the £35,000 he gave Quilliam was money well spent considering its "shock jock" founder Maajid Nawaz appears to have become a full-blown "stop the steal" conspiracy theorist. 😐 via @PrivateEyeNews Image
Quilliam founder and LBC presenter Maajid Nawaz does seem to harbour some pretty wacky views. He's a strong opponent of lockdowns, which he believes are the result of a plot by the Chinese Communist Party. 🤦‍♂️via @PrivateEyeNews Image
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10 Jan
How a vocal core of MPs and pundits helped deepen the UK's #COVIDー19 crisis. Driven by ideology or contrarianism, they argued for fewer restrictions, disputed data and denounced a sinister health establishment. ft.com/content/1fcbc5… By @robertshrimsley.
How a bunch of contrarian Tories, including members of the misleadingly-named "Covid Recovery Group", preyed on Boris Johnson’s insecurities, slowed the government's response and deepened the UK's #COVIDー19 crisis. By @FT editor-at-large @robertshrimsley ft.com/content/1fcbc5…
And naturally, MPs on the "Covid Recovery Group" (the ones who preyed on Johnson's insecurities; slowed the govt's response; and deepened the UK's #COVIDー19 crisis), were given plenty of airtime on TalkRadio.
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9 Jan
Radio host Jenna Ryan (@dotjenna): "We just stormed the Capital (sic). It was one of the best days of my life."
Texas radio host and estate agent Jenna Ryan flew in a private jet to storm the #Capitol. "It was he one of the best days of my life... God wanted us there" 🙄 dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9…
Texas radio host Jenna Ryan flew in a private jet to storm the #Capitol. "It was one of the best days of my life," she said. "God wanted us there." 🙄 dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9…
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8 Jan
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"After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account.. we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," said Twitter variety.com/2021/politics/…
Twitter permanently suspended Trump's account because of tweets he sent after he was allowed back onto the platform today. Twitter decided they violated its "Glorification of Violence Policy"
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7 Sep 20
Those who consistently defend the British Empire and British colonialism, arguing it must have been a force for the good as a result of its "civilising mission", ought to read this!

The crushing of the Morant Bay rebellion in Jamaica by the Caribbean island's then governor Edward John Eyre in October 1865 is precisely the sort of thing that ought to be taught in British schools. After all, it was fiercely debated at the time. law.yale.edu/sites/default/…
The British are dangerously blind to how they're perceived abroad, and it's largely because most of us are so clueless about the realities of empire. Superb talk by @DalrympleWill, in conversation with @OfficialJassa @UKPHA
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18 Apr 20
This @thesundaytimes piece on Johnson's nonchalance towards the coronavirus crisis is utterly damning, and ought to be a resigning matter.

He skipped 5 cobra meetings, calls to order protective gear were ignored and scientists’ warnings fell on deaf ears thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/c…
Here's one excerpt from @JCalvertST @Arbuthnott and @Jonathan__Leake's Sunday Times Insight piece detailing the extraordinary nonchalance of Boris Johnson as the coronavirus spread around the UK in January to March.
The UK's last rehearsal for a pandemic, #ExerciseCygnus in 2016, predicted the NHS would collapse and highlighted a long list of shortcomings — including a lack of PPE and intensive care ventilators. But none of the recommendations to address these deficiencies was implemented.
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7 Apr 20
UK expected to face the highest #COVIDー19 death toll in Europe, accounting for 40 per cent of all European deaths from the virus. 😲
The prediction that the UK will have the second highest death toll from #COVIDー19 by August comes from Seattle-based @IHME_UW. If they're right, three weeks of nonchalance and the pursuit "herd immunity" will come to be seen as a catastrophic errors. theguardian.com/world/2020/apr… Image
IHME is no fly-by-night operator. It's been called the "best organisation in the world at collecting data on diseases and mapping out why we fall ill. Its Global Burden of Disease study is a collaborative effort that's valued and used in every country" theguardian.com/world/2020/apr…
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9 Dec 19
He's worked for Cambridge Analytica and AIQ. He was Vote Leave's CTO. He's been placing Facebook ads pretending to be from the Green Party to divide the anti-Tory vote in swing seats and gather data on Green voters. Meet Thomas Borwick — who also seems close to Jennifer Arcuri
When @ITVNews caught up with digital media strategist Thomas Borwick in Westminster, the son of ex-Tory MP Victoria Borwick and Jamie Borwick, 5th Baron Borwick had nothing to say about why he’s promoting the Green Party. via @rupertevelyn itv.com/news/2019-11-2…
@itvnews @rupertevelyn This is hilarious. Alongside hardline pro-Brexit neoliberal extremists including Matt Ridley and Daniel Hannan, Thomas Borwick has set up the "Museum of Communist Terror", which isn't actually a museum at all museumofcommunistterror.com theecologist.org/2018/nov/15/mu…
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25 Nov 19
Unprecedented for a religious leader in the UK to make an inflammatory statement along these lines? South African-born chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis says Jeremy Corbyn “unfit for high office” telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/…
What Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis tweeted the day Boris Johnson was elected Tory leader
And here's what @chiefrabbi Ephraim Mirvis posted on @Facebook the day Johnson became Tory leader. h/t @ThomasPride
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