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Author of 99% (FT Best Books of 2019) and founder of The 99% Organisation. Mathematician and strategist. Visiting Professor at IE Business School.
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Jun 13 14 tweets 4 min read
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This thread looks at the risks of the UK becoming a society where the wealthy and powerful set the laws but are not obliged to follow them, while the rest of us (even collectively) have no say in the setting of the law but face heavy penalties if we do not obey (2/14)
With the welcome news that Carole Cadwalladr has won her case against Arron Banks, it may seem strange to worry about whether our legal system can still protect ordinary people from the wealthy…
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May 28 10 tweets 4 min read
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This thread looks at what it will take for us to realise how dangerously close to dictatorship we are.

And it suggests two things you can do today to reduce the risk. (2/10)
The stark warnings from Philip Hammond and other leading Conservatives should have warned us.

But most of us are not really interested in politics, so we didn’t notice.
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May 24 8 tweets 3 min read
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Thread on why we should cheer when Johnson goes, but not relax.

Yesterday ITV released pictures contradicting Johnson’s claim not to have been involved in law-breaking parties other than the one he was fined for.
itv.com/news/2022-05-2… (2/8)
Today, the BBC, which has been notably reluctant in the past to discuss the details, has a damning article based in inside evidence.
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May 16 12 tweets 4 min read
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Though our government seems unaware, we have a #CostOfLiving crisis.
We have now seen a fall in real (inflation-adjusted) pay in the UK for over 12 years, a fall not seen since the 1820s – and worse is yet to come.
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The Bank of England has forecast the sharpest fall in living standards since their records began.
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May 10 20 tweets 6 min read
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This thread explores what it would take to make the UK a country where we could be as proud of our government as we are of our heroes.
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We have a government which is making us poorer, corrupting our healthcare system and doing nothing to protect our environment.
May 5 10 tweets 3 min read
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It is obvious why those who do not see themselves as Conservative should not vote Conservative.

This thread explains why those who do see themselves as traditional Conservatives should not vote conservative. (2/10)
Traditional Conservatives are conservative (small c): they don't want radical changes, they want steady improvements based on what is proven to work.

This government is so radical that many former senior Conservatives cannot recognise the party.
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May 4 14 tweets 4 min read
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This thread looks at who should – rationally – be voting Conservative in the coming elections. (2/14)
You should not vote Conservative if you are finding it hard to cope financially.
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Apr 28 15 tweets 5 min read
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Sometimes a moment can be pivotal in a way which is not obvious at the time.

This thread explores whether the UK is at such a pivotal moment now, without most of the population realising it.

And suggests what we can do about it. (2/15)
The challenge is that we have a government which is failing the UK on every measure, and which is busy dismantling UK democracy in order to govern for the benefit of its extremely wealthy donors
Apr 12 11 tweets 3 min read
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In the light of the confirmed law-breaking by our most senior politicians, this thread asks: where will the UK media and public draw the line? (2/11)
There was widespread revulsion at the government’s desire not to feed starving children in the school holidays.

Marcus Rashford forced a U-turn, but nobody resigned. We did not draw the line.
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Apr 5 9 tweets 2 min read
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The government claims its Health & Care Bill will not harm the NHS.

But when the Lords tries to amend the Bill to protect the NHS, the government wants to scrap their amendments.

This thread shows why this matters to you and your family.
bills.parliament.uk/publications/4… (2/9)
When the Lords tried to make sure that healthcare corporations will not dominate NHS governance:
“(4) Each board must set out ...— (a) the arrangements for managing conflicts... of interest so that they do not, ... affect the integrity of decision-making processes, …
Mar 31 17 tweets 5 min read
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This thread explores whether the Johnson government is the worst in recent British history. (2/17)
All politicians (and all people) occasionally lie. But Johnson is “probably the best liar we’ve ever had as a prime minister.”

And the dishonesty goes beyond words to law-breaking.
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Mar 24 31 tweets 9 min read
1.Because, as expected, Sunak's Budget fails to tackle the cost of living crisis.
99-percent.org/cost-of-living… 2.Because Johnson is the leader of an unprecedentedly corrupt party
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Mar 23 4 tweets 2 min read
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Sunak's #SpringStatement2022 is far too little to solve the problems this government has created for most UK families.

It doesn't tackle the latest price rises...
99-percent.org/cost-of-living… (2/3)
And it doesn't reverse 12 years of mass impoverishment.
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Mar 21 14 tweets 4 min read
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Sunak says that “government can’t be expected to solve every problem.”

Here is a list of problems this government cannot be expected to solve.

If we want them solved, we need a different government. (2/13)
We cannot expect this government to solve the cost-of-living crisis.

“Where other governments have supported consumers and small business and imposed windfall taxes and price caps on energy companies, ours has declined to act.”
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Mar 17 12 tweets 4 min read
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How many ways does the government have to show us that it really does not care about the well-being of the UK population before we stop believing that they are “doing all we possibly can”? (2/12)
It is not enough that they pour sewage into our rivers rather than dent water company profits. We don’t quite absorb it.
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Mar 17 4 tweets 2 min read
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The Government still claims that:

"Protecting the NHS is of the utmost importance to the Government. We are committed to ensuring the NHS continues to provide excellent care that is free at the point of need for generations to come."

99-percent.org/government-res… (2/4)
The truth, of course, is very different.
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Mar 14 7 tweets 2 min read
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What happens when a government turns on its own population? (2/6)
Impoverishing the mass of its citizens for the benefit of a few hugely wealthy donors.

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Mar 12 6 tweets 2 min read
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We are used to an NHS free at the point of use. But our Health Secretary thinks we should pay for our own families.

And the Health & Care Bill will let him get his way. That would be a disaster for all but the richest.

Luckily, it is not too late to act. (2/6)
If we had an insurance system like the US, it would be ruinous for many people – in both health and wealth terms.
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Mar 4 6 tweets 3 min read
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In the US, two-thirds of personal bankruptcies are caused by medical bills.

With charges like these, it is not surprising:

Blood test: $100-$300
Giving birth: $9,000-17,000
Breast cancer $15,000-300,000
Etc, etc (2/6)

In the UK, few people could afford to fund a medical bill of £20,000.

Could you?
Feb 19 6 tweets 3 min read
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The Government’s Health & Care Bill is now in the House of Lords.

If we allow it to pass without amendment, the impact on us all will be grave. But it is not too late to de-fang the Bill.

Please write to your MP: we have made it easy for you (see last Tweet). (2/5)
The Bill would allow Ministers to migrate our healthcare system to something much more like the US, where you might find yourself having to pay:

Blood test: $100-$300
Giving birth: $9,000-17,000
Breast cancer $15,000-300,000
Etc, etc
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Feb 5 9 tweets 3 min read
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This thread looks at the rather dismal list of candidates to succeed Johnson. (2/9)
Sunak seems to be the ‘favourite,’ but he would be worse than Johnson for several reasons.

First, he played a key role in making sure that our COVID response was among the most damaging – both to health and to the economy – in the world.
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