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Retired lawyer. Cooking & good food, books, conversation, dancing, music. Forever European. Mastodon: https://t.co/MaHC2MtnRg
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Jun 2 4 tweets 2 min read
I really rate @peterkyle

Authenticity is laced through every response no matter how hard @bbcnickrobinson tries to squeeze him into a flat cap mould

My family sound similar to his

Not particularly party political but quick & with strong & eloquent views across numerous issues Unlike Kyle I found reading easy. Always with reading age years ahead of actual age
It was our main “hobby”

But I had a jittery brain
Could not settle on anything else much except music
Mind always out the window
And the misery of school room humiliation when caught out.
Jun 2 5 tweets 2 min read
“you see that story about the Indian government official who drained an entire reservoir to retrieve a phone? Amazing that it turned out to be not even the most ludicrous government-phone-retrieval story this week.”

Ha! ⁦@MarinaHyde⁩ on top form theguardian.com/commentisfree/… “Anyway, Johnson got a new phone in April 2021, a date which is obviously after all the national lockdowns and various Covid policy catastrophes. It’s good that we now do vital government business on burner phones, just like drug dealers.” Image
Jun 2 4 tweets 2 min read
Lack of life vests were already known & “what @Frontex concealed after the fact was that the pilot warned of strong winds, even before spotting the overcrowded wooden vessel with nearly 200 people on board. Boats like the Summer Love typically have space for 16 people.” 94 people, including 35 children died. One who survived was 22-yo Assad Almulqi who travelled with his 6-yo brother Sultan. He recalls the moment everything went wrong. “It was dark. The ship leaned to one side and half of it went underwater. It sank in seconds.”
Jun 2 14 tweets 4 min read
Finally got to listen to this engaging podcast - It’s got the vibe of two bright gals out to have a blast discussing the latest political gossip over a glass (or two) of wine…and I’m at the next table eavesdropping like my life depended on it.
podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the… I did find myself giggling along even tho’ what drove me to listen were the dreaded words “your tweet has been quoted”.

The context was the possibility that the Hallett order for diaries and WhatsApp messages resulted in them being “disappeared” as so many have been re PPE.
Jun 2 12 tweets 3 min read
I burst out laughing at this exquisitely colourful sentence

“That said, it’s worth remembering that, with or without Brexit, Littlejohn has been squeezing stuff like this out of his anger-tightened sphincter into the eager maw of the Mail’s lavatory bowl for 30 years, on & off” But @chrisgreybrexit continues to cut through the economic argument smokescreen by pointing out

“The key comparisons are between Brexit UK and how the UK would have performed without Brexit. That inevitably involves a counterfactual model”…
Jun 2 10 tweets 2 min read
‘Brexit’ & ‘coalition’ taboos holding the Lib Dems back

Frustration is growing at the Lib Dem lacklustre approach to Brexit.
Sir John Curtice says “It’s not obvious what the benefits are at the moment to the Liberal Democrats of staying schtum on Brexit” ft.com/content/60c70e… “One would-be Lib Dem MP fighting a three-way marginal complains: “We’ve nothing distinctive to say.” With a bolder message on Europe, such hopefuls argue another tranche of seats might be in play. Pretending a deal isn’t at least a possibility is “patronising”, says one.”
Jun 2 7 tweets 2 min read
Key worker fined £2000 for Covid travel breach two years after incident - Evening Standard

And he was not alone ..and they had rather better excuses than “the need to let of steam”. apple.news/AJ8Ii-hNkRWO1t… Kevin Brown, 53, flew back to the UK from the Netherlands, at the end of a 2-week stint maintaining off-shore wind turbines.
The technician for Boston Energy – who says he had been designated a “critical worker” – was negative for Covid in a PCR test taken 24 hours before flying
Jun 1 6 tweets 2 min read
This is mindblowing.

The young woman was catatonic, stuck at the nurses’ station — unmoving, unblinking and unknowing of where or who she was.

Her name was April Burrell.

Before she became a patient, April had been an outgoing, straight-A student washingtonpost.com/wellness/2023/… She majored in accounting at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. But after a traumatic event when she was 21, April suddenly developed psychosis and became lost in a constant state of visual and auditory hallucinations.
Jun 1 28 tweets 7 min read
Just 15 minutes to go before Hallett’s deadline to the Cabinet Office to hand over the notebooks, diaries & WhatsApp messages.

Tick tock ⏰ Sky says no update but

1/ It looks as if the Gov is going to try & tough it out
2/ Johnson says HE will hand them all over to the Inquiry if asked.

So what next, Baroness Hallett?

Will she be making findings again the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Jeremy Quinn?

Simon Cave?
Jun 1 10 tweets 2 min read
TEESIDE/ HARTLEPOOL/ MIDDLESBOROUGH

Explainer: What lies behind England’s mayoral development corporations.

They are a second generation Urban Development Corporation. One of those came under criticism by the OBS in 2002.

Guess which one? ft.com/content/6e5686… UDC for Teesside was eventually investigated by the UK’s public spending watchdog, the NAO in 2002. Its report criticised the secretive way in which the corporation had operated and found that a series of below-value land deals had cost the taxpayer £40mn. 

Sounds very familiar
Jun 1 4 tweets 1 min read
Into the bunker: drone attacks bring war home to Russia

Today in Moscow “A lot of people seem anxious and are asking about properties with a bunker or at least a basement,” said Yurgeneva, an estate agent who specialises in luxury property”
ft.com/content/a5284f… “Last week, 52 per cent of respondents to a survey by Kremlin-friendly pollster FOM said their friends and family were “anxious” rather than “calm” — the highest result in January and the first shift since Russia wound down a mobilisation drive at the end of last year”
Jun 1 13 tweets 3 min read
Australia's most-decorated living soldier Ben Roberts-Smith has lost a historic defamation case against three newspapers that accused him of war crimes in Afghanistan.

The outlets were sued over articles alleging he killed unarmed
prisoners. apple.news/AIaClqKqzRzC4Z… “He received Australia's highest military award - the Victoria Cross - in 2011 for having single-handedly overpowered Taliban machine-gunners who had been attacking his platoon.”
May 31 7 tweets 2 min read
This is a really good thread.

Starmer’s line that the EU is eating our lunch & nicking our dinner money too is plain offensive, covering over the bleak truth…we gave both away. We drove them away…accompanied by unstateman-like lines like this.

WE HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY If we want the U.K. to thrive and be a success the first and most important thing is for us to have a real “come to Jesus” moment and that should start with the politicians as, without a doubt, they have led us into the mire.
May 28 9 tweets 2 min read
Princess Kate’s parents leave taxpayer in the red as their business, Party Pieces which they established in 1987, has now entered an insolvency process. This means their Covid Business Interruption loan has £220,000 outstanding. Taxpayer picks up 80%

thetimes.co.uk/article/prince… The government extended 109,877 loans worth a total £26.4 billion under the scheme. Taxpayers have so far paid out more than £4 billion to banks to cover losses due to default and fraud from the government-backed lending.
May 27 4 tweets 1 min read
‘Massive’ Tesla leak reveals data breaches, thousands of safety complaints & include tables containing more than 100,000 names of former and current employees, including the social security number of the Tesla CEO, Elon Musk,. theguardian.com/technology/202… The files also revealed private email addresses, phone numbers, salaries of employees, bank details of customers and secret details from production
May 27 9 tweets 2 min read
❤️‍🩹 🦠 ⚰️ Young people are dying of heart attacks post Covid. The age group hit the hardest? People between 25 and 44, who saw a 29.9% relative increase in heart attack deaths over the first two years of the pandemic.

today.com/health/covid-h… This means the actual number of heart attack deaths were almost 30% higher than the predicted number.

Adults between 45 and 64 saw a 19.6% relative increase in heart attack deaths, and those 65 and older saw a 13.7% relative increase.
May 27 8 tweets 2 min read
NHS: 20 trusts shared patient details with Facebook without consent.

A covert tracking tool was used in the websites of 20 NHS trusts which has for years collected browsing information and shared it with the tech giant in a major breach of privacy.
theguardian.com/society/2023/m… “The data includes granular details of pages viewed, buttons clicked and keywords searched. It is matched to the user’s IP address – an identifier linked to an individual or household – and in many cases details of their Facebook account”

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May 26 5 tweets 1 min read
This is very interesting. Really. “We estimate that over a 7-year follow-up period, getting vaccinated (shingles) averts one in five new dementia diagnoses. In the paper, we demonstrate through extensive robustness checks that it is essentially impossible that this finding is due to confounding.”
May 26 4 tweets 1 min read
“Notebooks full of observations handwritten by Boris Johnson at the height of the pandemic will be handed over to the official inquiry into his government’s handling of Covid within days.”

All 24 hardback A4 pads of them! apple.news/Ap9-nopcfTE6tt… They “are at the centre of an extraordinary tug of war between the Cabinet Office and Baroness Hallett’s team over how much highly sensitive government documentation should be released from Whitehall to the inquiry.”
May 26 10 tweets 3 min read
Brexit & Beyond: Punch-drunk Britain.

Superb from ⁦@chrisgreybrexit

“Brexit Britain is increasingly like a punch-drunk boxer. Once a world champion, age and booze and drugs have taken their toll. But he decides to enter the ring again.” chrisgreybrexitblog.blogspot.com/2023/05/punch-… “He’s still a big name, of sorts, though not as big a name as he thinks. Once he fought in the big arenas, but now he takes on all-comers at country fairs. Flame-eyed, porcine, puce-cheeked, he brags that he can take any punch thrown at him”
May 26 6 tweets 2 min read
Beware Elon Musk’s warped libertarianism | Financial Times

“Once you accept that Musk’s world view seems to be that he should be allowed to do what he wants, his philosophical confusion ceases to matter. The same applies to many in his cohort” :-
ft.com/content/7ca8e3… “Peter Thiel, Ken Griffin and Charles Koch. Watch what they do, not what they say. Many of them subscribe to the outlook on life of Ayn Rand’s epic individualist John Galt, the fictional character in Atlas Shrugged, whose selfishness is presented as heroic.”