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If you a big fan of ugly, nativist, Johnsonian populism, you're not going to like anything I have to say. But I can recommend the salmon.
Oct 19, 2021
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/
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Oct 13, 2021
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.”
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Sep 26, 2021
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.

theguardian.com/books/2021/sep… @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."
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Jul 22, 2021
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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