My time as a journalist taught me to disbelieve two things above all else, that the cheque is in the post and coincidences, with that in mind I have a little something to say about the @oxfamgb story.... 1/14
The actions of those staff members involved are without a doubt disgraceful and deserve full condemnation, however, the way in which the story has been latched onto to provide cover for a full government review of all the government's work with @Oxfam seems, timely. 2/14
It's worth pointing out that there wasn't some massive conspiracy by #Oxfam to cover up the scandal. As soon as the allegations came to light the charity launched a full internal inquiry. 3/14
In real terms America has been declining as a hegemon for some time. Trump, and his cadre, don't seem to appreciate that in a multipolar world the USA has lost its ability to force its will on others. theguardian.com/us-news/2017/d…
Yes America still has power, but that has been decreasing since the end of the cold war and Trump's accession to President has only exacerbated the speed at which it become a relative international irrelevance.....
The facts that the US Ambassador to the UN, on orders from the President, is acting like a U boat Captain from Dad's army just highlights how little the US has to offer anymore in the grand scale of things......
Thread: @ONS published its latest immigration statistics today and, much as the far right may disagree, it isn't good news for the UK 1/19
Immigration remains higher than emigration, which considering the UK's current employment rate and ageing population is at least something to be thankful for. That is where the good news ends though 2/19
There is nothing overly unusual about seeing fluctuations in immigration and emigration, its standard fare and goes in cycles. What makes these figures most worrying is the split of who is leaving and coming 3/19
Aside from Davis failing to provide the #Brexit bills as ordered, the other take away from this piece is Patel claiming government should tell EU to sod off, both demonstrating they still don't get UK's weakness in negotiations 1/n theguardian.com/politics/2017/…
All the people claiming UK should just walk away from the table and show Johnny Foreigner just how strong the UK is miss one crucial point, the UK isn't strong anymore 2/n
It isn't putting the UK down to point out the facts, it's slipping in rankings, productivity down, credit rating reduced, and this is before we point out that its reliance on imports for its supply chain 3/n
Brexit level delusions are getting worse. You cannot claim it is ridiculous that UK has internal border due to something you helped create, while claiming the idea of forcing our idiotic idea for Brexit on another country isn't. 1
This is the problem which some Brexiters have. They are so wrapped up in their fantasy that Brexit is the promised land that they see no issues with dragging anyone else down to achieve it. 2
What Lilico suggests is little more than the UK imposing its will on Ireland in order to achieve its own ends. Aside from how well that's worked in the past, the supreme arrogance of it is astounding. 3