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Former Labour Press Officer, storytelling, frowns a lot, #NewsPenguin #TwitterQuiz at 7pm on Sunday Ketchup is not a vegetable Increasingly grumpy
Nov 10, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
I will try to explain my frustration with a lot of the discussion around the current sleaze crisis
1: the debate shouldn’t be about whether £81k is a decent salary or whether MPs should be paid more, that issue is a red herring used by people with a different agenda 2: a partial ban or an approved list of 2nd jobs won’t work, it would set profession against profession and doesn’t deal with the real issue of sleaze - with a complete 2nd job ban lobbying could and would still happen
Nov 9, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
On internal @UKLabour politics: Whenever Labour starts to improve in the polls, start leading the political agenda and voters start noticing us and are prepared to at least listen to our ideas, one thing always happens, our internal factions up the volume of their criticism Whether we are in government, running the a council or improving our ratings in opposition it always happens
Red on Red is the main attraction for too many in @UKLabour
It is possible to criticise without doing the tories work for them
Nov 9, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
The detail of MPs expenses claims is stunning and transparent
I don’t think anyone should ever be out of pocket through work While I’ve been sitting in cubicles waiting to be prodded and pricked I tried to do an easy comparison thing on MPs staffcosts/expenses without travel, comparing a very affluent constituency to a poorer constituency but I’ve found it a lot more complex than that
Nov 8, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Some suggest Johnson is playing a clever political game and victory is reforming the standards committee process
If you are right (you aren’t) the political capital he has used up and damage done simply isn’t worth it
He is on the run , hiding from scrutiny and out of control If it was about reforming the Standards investigation process he could’ve turned up in parliament, said what Barclay said and his backbenchers would’ve started to heal and move behind him
The front pages might well have been different
He was set a leadership test and failed
Nov 8, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Latest poll from @RedfieldWilton tells a familiar story
Labour base shifted up and solid
Tory base dropping
The October/November cliff edge is real Fwiw and professional pundits and commentators might have different views
1: I think it shows that after the Corbyn era voters are starting to at least look at labour again
2: A consistent new base for Labour of circa 35/36% isn’t a bad base to be after all that has happened
Nov 8, 2021 8 tweets 1 min read
Stephen Barclay expresses regret at the government’s approach last week All I will say is that it takes a cowardly ‘leader’ or ‘leader of the house’ to send out another minister to ‘express regret’ or apologise on behalf of the government
Nov 7, 2021 25 tweets 3 min read
The #NewsPenguin #TwitterQuiz for Sunday November 7
20 General Questions
Five bonus questions on US STATES (Thanks
90 minutes to answer 25 questions (7-830pm)
Answers tweeted at 845pm
1: In the Harry Potter series, the Fat Friar is the ghost of which Hogwarts House 2: In the Mr Men series by Roger Hargreaves Mr Fussy is
Nov 7, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Maybe a controversial opinion but I don't think MPs having second jobs is the problem, it never was, the issue is corruption and lobbying for your second employer - the abuse of privilege
Once you start off banning jobs but adding a list of exemptions you hit problems The regular example raised by many in @UKLabour is Rosena Allin-Khan continuing to do shifts as a Dr in an NHS A&E dept, I think it is great that she does it, but would people feel the same about a Dr continuing to do sessions in a private clinic providing elective treatments
Sep 4, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
I’ve tried* but I cannot find ‘Ben’s Party’

*checked the three local pubs that rent areas for parties I think it’s hire out not rent - but you know what I meant
Sep 3, 2021 32 tweets 3 min read
Sitting having a quiet pint in a beer garden and a bloke and his g/f are discussing/planning his ‘surprise’ proposal to her at a party tomorrow
So far they have agreed he should wait until everyone has finished eating
Apparently Jenny and Chris already know … Good news: They have dismissed the idea of him standing on a chair, he is ‘going traditional’ and doing the ‘whole knee thing’ from the discussion I think this is on ‘safety grounds’
Sep 3, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
I think most people accept that we have a 'social care' crisis in the UK, the arguments are always about funding and provider
On funding this from @NuffieldTrust is a decent resource
nuffieldtrust.org.uk/chart/social-c… The direct link to their longer briefing paper is here: nuffieldtrust.org.uk/files/2019-04/…
Apr 13, 2021 13 tweets 2 min read
The Labour Party: A thread
Starmer has been leader for just over a year and in true Labour Party tradition members (and supporters) are getting restless, well if you look at Twitter they are!
We need to go back to December 2019 to start the discussion It wasn’t simply a crushing election defeat, that was the result of something much worse, the loss of trust, our own rejection of our most recent achievements in government and the turning of a political party into a social club or debating society
Apr 12, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Watching #Newsnight and @angelaeagle is spot on, this isn't just about Cameron, current ministers must be investigated Away from the allegations, the interesting thing about this story is how it 'bubbled under' for a while and a lot of people (and the government) didn't think it would breal through the noise, now it has they are on the back foot and are desperately ...
Apr 12, 2021 25 tweets 3 min read
The #NewsPenguin #TwitterQuiz for Monday April 12
20 general questions
5 bonus questions on 1980s
90 minutes (7-830pm) to answer 25 questions
Answers tweeted at 845pm
Q1: In their theme song, who did the 'Bananas in Pyjamas' chase Q2: In the children's TV series who travelled to Button Moon in his homemade rocket ship
Apr 12, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
The local flower shop and a bar have teamed up and tbh I quite like the look Away from that and from a male perspective the barbers shops were very busy and a lot of smiling men with very short hair were wandering down the high street
The only other busy shop was the bakers and that has been open throughout
Apr 12, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
The reason Cameron became leader of the Conservative Party - a short thread
The Tory brand was damaged
As someone famous said they were seen as ‘the nasty party’
Three election defeats and trying three different brands of ‘nastiness’ they were still failing Cameron arrives and says ‘we need to change, we are nasty, we apologise for being nasty, for the nasty things we’ve done, this is a new era of conservatism’
He announced support for stuff both he and the wider Conservative party had rejected previously
The party listened
Apr 11, 2021 25 tweets 3 min read
The #NewsPenguin #TwitterQuiz for Sunday April 11
20 general questions
5 bonus questions on ROADS
90 minutes (7-830pm) to answer 25 questions
Answers tweeted at 845pm
Q1: Curious George lives at the house of a man with which colour hat Q2: In the film 'Finding Nemo' what is the name of the Australian pelican, who often visits the dentist clinic and is friends with the aquarium fish
Apr 10, 2021 25 tweets 3 min read
The #NewsPenguin #TwitterQuiz for Saturday April 10
20 general questions
5 bonus questions on THE SEA
90 minutes (7-830pm) to answer 25 questions
Answers tweeted at 845pm
Q1: What is Harry Potter's middle name Q2: Who is Tintin's friend, an absent-minded professor who invents sophisticated devices during their adventures
Dec 31, 2020 22 tweets 4 min read
A lot of talk about NHS comms
I’m not sure sure that showing pictures on the news of busy ICUs or Ambulance queues will convince the naysayers and covid deniers of anything
They would still say it was staged or a hoax
Of course we need robust and honest information But having a communications strategy based purely on images to fight the conspiracy theorists and covid hoaxers is a recipe for disaster
What we need is a high profile, properly funded public health campaign, but perhaps more than that we need ...
Dec 30, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
Loving @RachelReevesMP referring to @UKLabour as a 'government in waiting' Probably the best speech of the day
Dec 30, 2020 15 tweets 1 min read
This is a BIG moment for Starmer Starmer exposing the flaws and the tory jeers show they know he is right