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Fleet Street hack and author. Often sarcastic, occasionally right. Fox (n) carnivore of genus vulpes; crafty person; scavenger; (vb) to confuse; to be drunk
Apr 5 9 tweets 2 min read
EXC: MoD releases 4,000 pages of secret #nukledblood files as scandal bursts open

mirror.co.uk/news/politics/… The govt has announced imminent release of 150 top secret documents in a data dump, 7 mo after @DailyMirror revealed the existence of records at @AWE_plc about blood and urine testing of troops during the Cold War.
Feb 27 9 tweets 3 min read
An amazing win against the MoD! A judge has ordered them to hand over the records it’s withholding of Sqn Leader Terry Gledhill, whose blood tests blew open the #nukedblood scandal in 2022.

Image Withholding records has been ruled unlawful. Jane’s amazing strength and persistence has set a precedent for every other veteran family - not just of nuclear testing but ANY service.

Donate to help the cause: .crowdjustice.com/case/nuclear-v…
Jan 29 13 tweets 4 min read
Due to boundary changes, the very safe Tory seat in Kent where I live has been split. Today I received a letter from the new Tory candidate, who said: "I am delighted to introduce myself."

Let's meet her, shall we? Image Well we'll be starting this again, this time without my home address on it. Here is Katie's pamphlet.

(Sigh) Image
Nov 12, 2023 24 tweets 6 min read
Some of those watching or taking part in the #RemembranceDay2023 parade may have noticed it slowed down in the last half. Here’s why. /🧵 For the first time the nuclear veterans were able to march with a medal commemorating the fact that they alone, of all veterans, had kept every other serviceman, UK civilian and overseas ally safe for 70 years.

As they formed up wearing their #medalforheroes they were beaming. Image
Oct 22, 2023 9 tweets 3 min read
EXC: The MoD admits it may hold nearly 5,000 #nukedblood files which it previously denied having.

cc @grantshapps @RishiSunak @JohnnyMercerUK mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/m…
Image In 2018, when I found the first doc discussing blood counts of servicemen at Maralinga, the MoD said it was "unable to locate any information that suggests... staff took blood samples for radiological monitoring at the [weapons] tests".

Now it says there may be 4,711 files.
Jun 18, 2023 11 tweets 4 min read
Nuclear test veterans are threatening a Cenotaph protest over fears they will not get their long-awaited medal before Remembrance Sunday.

mirror.co.uk/news/politics/… Image PM @RishiSunak promised the medal in November. More than 1,000 veterans, and 500 families, have applied for one, and were told they'd have it by 'late summer'. Now they're told it won't even be in production by then.

Is there *any* part of the British state that isn't knackered?
Dec 21, 2022 22 tweets 7 min read
'Twas the week before Christmas, and therefore on Twitter it was the time to remind everyone of how they got the Christmas tree.

/1 Once up on a time, there lived a man in Devon called Winfrith. He was a monk, which in those days (9th century) was a good career - indoors, no heavy lifting, all the wine you could neck.
Nov 13, 2022 10 tweets 7 min read
While you’re still in bed, veterans are queuing to take their place on Horseguards for #remembranceday2022 Mirror video supremo @EddieHenryJames and I are with them - wearing the #MissingMedal @thehuwedwards
Nov 12, 2022 14 tweets 8 min read
At the #remembranceday2022 event at the Cenotaph tomorrow, you will see a small band of veterans wearing these black and yellow badges.

It is the #MissingMedal. It is the medal that should have been given to those who delivered the nuclear deterrent in 1952.

Instead, Churchill gave honours to the chief scientist and top brass.
Nov 8, 2022 14 tweets 5 min read
Today is important.

At 0857 on November 8, 1957, an RAF Valiant bomber dropped a carefully-prepared device of explosives, uranium-235, plutonium, beryllium and lithium deuteride, on the southern tip of Christmas Island in the South Pacific.

#missingmedal 🧵 The explosives detonated, the beryllium tamper compressed the blast wave and forced it back inwards, and the atoms of uranium and plutonium were split with a force equivalent to 18,000 tons of TNT.

Britain had just gone thermonuclear.
Nov 6, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
BREAKING: The secretive medal cttee which denies honours to veterans will be reviewed, vows Labour.

@JohnHealey_MP will overhaul the system which forces those who served to fight again for recognition. cc @BWallaceMP @JohnnyMercerUK


mirror.co.uk/news/politics/… Image Hopefully it would mean more honours for rank-and-file servicemen, who get thoroughly overlooked by top brass who are up to their necks in gongs.

"The only time some of them have held a gun is on a grouse shoot," said nuclear veteran John Morris, 85.
Oct 3, 2022 27 tweets 8 min read
While @trusskliz tries to convince her party she knows what she's doing, these are the men and women she refuses to meet.

Last week, nuclear veteran families held a reunion, and wrote her some messages. 1/plenty Julie Soan, whose dad took part in firing the biggest weapon Britain's ever had, Operation Grapple Y, in 1958: "I seek justice for him." Image
Sep 22, 2022 8 tweets 2 min read
Well well well well well.

This is worth a thread and no mistake. The Shadow Attorney General wants to know what the Foreign Office has been using its credit cards for.

It went from annual spending of around £24m suddenly to £35m from September 2021.

Liz Truss was appointed Foreign Sec on Sept 15 2021.
Sep 5, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Johnny, @JPAOwen and unnamable others have had their shoulder to the wheel on this for weeks as Boris' time in office ticked down, working against the clock.

These men were brutally mistreated, for decades, while keeping us safe. Story here: mirror.co.uk/news/politics/… Should be said, one jarring point in the letter - these servicemen kept 100s of millions of people safe. But they were following grossly negligent orders.

And no-one kept indigenous people in Australia, Nevada, or Kiritimati safe. They don't get medals. They just get radiation.
Sep 5, 2022 6 tweets 5 min read
BREAKING NEWS: I am going to have to reassess my opinion of the Prime Minister.

Massive, huge, win for @atomiclabrats and #lookmeintheeye and #medalforheroes - but still much much more to do

mirror.co.uk/news/politics/… This is down to everybody who launched and supported #lookmeintheeye - @almurray @rorybremner @mrmarksteel @Keir_Starmer @AndyBurnhamGM @MetroMayorSteve @RLong_Bailey and each of you who signed, backed, shared. THANK YOU. change.org/p/justice-for-…
Jul 14, 2022 15 tweets 4 min read
I’ve been quiet because I’ve spent the past two days on a paediatric ward with possibly-appendicitic (?) #Foxcub. We’re home now, she seems to have had a weird infection which is slowly improving, but couple of things of to say… (Everyone leaves a hospital either so relieved and happy they’re evangelical about the NHS, or in pain of some sort which can make them rage at it. I am in first camp. But will *try* to limit this to facts.)
Apr 17, 2022 19 tweets 4 min read
EXCLUSIVE: Successive UK govts ordered 22,000 servicemen into "serious biological risks" from nuclear weapons testing.

They did not tell the troops.


mirror.co.uk/news/politics/… This is a cache of 1,000 classified documents that were opened but mostly unseen, gathering dust in an archive of their own within the National Archives, and resistant to all my efforts to find them.
Mar 22, 2022 15 tweets 4 min read
EXCLUSIVE: UK government spent 34 years suppressing its own study which found servicemen at nuclear weapons tests were 3.5x more likely to die from leukaemia.

mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/s… It took 20 years for the govt to admit *some* of it, and another 14 for nuclear veterans to be told that 140 pages of data on their risks of cancer, suicide and heart disease even existed.
Mar 8, 2022 14 tweets 4 min read
On #InternationalWomensDay I'd like to celebrate all the men who've done their bit to help me in my career... 1/ I'd like to thank the news editor who told me, after someone he'd sent me after had spoken to another newspaper: "You've been raped over this story. RAPED." 2/
Mar 7, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
I am going to try the Zelenskyy sitcom. Ok zelenskyy is on a bike.
Feb 25, 2022 21 tweets 7 min read
EXC: Bombshell govt study finds nuclear test veterans were more likely to die, and more likely to get cancer.

This blows apart 70 years of official denial.

Full story here: mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/n… Image Main findings:

* HALF the crew of HMS Diana, ordered twice to sail through fallout in 1956, died from tumours
* Atomic scientists were SEVEN times more likely to kill themselves
* RAF decontamination crews were FIVE times more likely to die from leukaemia