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Oct 20, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
I don’t think Johnson will go for it. He is far too wily to try and sort out this awful mess and then almost certainly lose an election. He will want to preserve his reputation as a ‘winner’ above all. He is just trolling rivals. Chucking grenades via media proxies. 1/3 Then he will look all so humble, sweep his hair from his forehead and say: “it’s nice to be wanted, but I need to take some time off”. And be king-maker to some other idiot. He’ll come back in 10 years, as a saviour, having replenished his bank balance. 2/3
Oct 13, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
Remember my nutcase, who emails regularly with pro-Johnson fandom and news from her Brexiter drinking group? Just got her BEST email yet. I set it out in full:

"Dear Alex

Give Truss at least 100 days before passing judgement (though admittedly the early signs appear mixed)." 1/ Take your mind back to the late eighties. In 1987 a new BBC1 TV show launched called Going for Gold. European contestants competed for the prize of European quiz champion. The early episodes were a disaster. The critics hated it and the viewing figures were terrible. 2/
Oct 9, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Battle lines drawn today. Mail, Sun, Telegraph, Express handing pages over to gov't. Political landscape will be SATURATED with the ludicrous notion that, despite UK going to shite after 12yrs of Tory corruption and incompetence, it's actually a change that is the REAL danger. Progressives must NOT underestimate this danger. Right-wing newspapers individually may be much less powerful than they used to be, but when they unite like this, to create a frenzied wall of noise, their message WILL be effective and WILL seep into voters' conversations.
Sep 27, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
The worst thing is that 𝙝𝙖𝙙 Kwarteng published provisional OBR forecasts, squared measures in a red book, offered even a 𝙗𝙖𝙙 medium-term plan of how and when he planned to return UK finances to sustainability, he would have had several billion more with which to do it. 1/5 Because the severe market reaction was not to a bad plan, but to the complete 𝙖𝙗𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 of a plan. A reaction to the gov't showing itself to be irrational and arrogant with it, the notion one can just wish alternative facts into being - the intellectual legacy of Brexit. 2/5
Jul 28, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
I would encourage you to watch in full the first time sentencing remarks have been televised from the Old Bailey (starts about 10:50).

You will glean the complexity of a judge's job and realise that we know very little from two paragraphs in a newspaper.

The case is deeply traumatic. Both in terms of the horrific nature of the crime, but also in the tragedy of this young man's story. The judge is particularly excellent in the calm and clear way she sets everything out. In my view, this should be shown in high schools.
Jul 22, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Here is Kwarteng's soul-sucking pitch in support of Truss:

1. The highest tax burden in 70 years is a really worrying thing that, like weather, just... happened.

2. Boris Johnson, under whom the tax burden jumped to this record high, was JUST ABOUT to tackle it.

Gaslighting. It's like a surreal version of the Cameron/Osborne austerity narrative, that goes "we have to make difficult decisions, because of the mess we inherited from <checks notes> well, us."
Jul 7, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
SHORT THREAD: The thing is Boris Johnson WAS ousted by the people. And this is key to understand. Today is a victory for progressives, whatever comes next. Those same MPs who, mere months ago, voted to change the rules retrospectively to accommodate Paterson's grimy lobbying, 1/ ... those same MPs who minimised law breaking, and propped up a clown, gaslighting people with lies - they didn't suddenly discover a conscience. They LOOKED AT THE DATA - local elections, by-elections, polls. They looked at their INBOX. It is the people who forced their hand. 2/
Jun 23, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
I've been thinking a lot about #Carriegate and why No.10 threw so much at suppressing it, when the story was actually no worse than the average excesses of this gov't and the decision to supress it, so obviously fraught with risk. I have a theory. This is pure speculation. 1/ The possibility of a Streisand effect making the story much bigger than if left alone was always so great that the heavy-handed intervention makes no sense - especially given that most of the information in it had been in the public domain for months and passed largely unseen. 2/
Jun 18, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
This isn’t quite right. The Mail didn’t turn it down. It published it TWICE, then spiked it twice. The Times version made it to print. You can see it in the attached. The Mail version was syndicated by MSN. I screen grabbed it. It’s in the next tweet.

theneweuropean.co.uk/boris-johnson-… So here is the Mail version of the story that Johnson tried to hire Symmonds as his Chief of Staff at the FCO, as syndicated by MSN.
Jun 18, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
Note the pernicious use of the word "foreign". The ECHR is, of course, international, not foreign - no more than the UN or the WTO are "foreign".

And it was designed this way, precisely because all those things kept happening to people who thought they could never happen again. I just don't understand how Dan We-Won't-Leave-The-Single-Market Covid-Will-Not-Kill-You Hannan is still seen as any sort of credible voice in British politics, let alone a sage by some in the Tory Party.

He's been consistently and provably wrong about everything, all the time.
May 26, 2022 12 tweets 3 min read
There is one angle of #Partygate that is not being discussed. I have heard not a single journalist ask questions about it so far. And it is, in my view, one of the most important - if not the most important, in terms of learning lessons. THREAD 1/ That angle is #Partygate in the context of a deadly pandemic. Not the breaking of law. Not the vapid debate of whether a leaving do is work. Not the lurid details of people puking and fighting. But the national security risk the country was put in. Let me explain. 2/
May 24, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Just had a REALLY disappointing work meeting. Come on @PodmastersUK. We know what PROPER work events looks like now. The days of you thinking you can get away with a black coffee and a couple of jammy dodgers are OVER.
May 16, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
For all you professional useful idiots out there - the reason this stuff annoys people is not because it's controversial or not sensible in any way, but because it's obvious, patronising, and what everyone struggling to survive has tried to do every f'kin day for centuries. It's the equivalent of a lifeguard, having pushed you into the water, standing over you as you drown, saying things like "try not to sink" and "what you want, longterm, is to become more buoyant", instead of doing her job and helping you.
Feb 15, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
This is such UTTER NONSENSE by Bulford. The whole point, which she is unable or unwilling to grasp, is that the BBC is complicit in giving these entirely opaque orgs the veneer of respectability they crave. It doesn't matter whether their views are challenged (which they're not). Imagine I launched a private co called The Royal Trust Against Poverty. Would I ever be invited to comment on economic policy? NOT IN A MONTH OF SUNDAYS. And yet The Taxpayers Alliance or the (formerly) Institute of Ideas are precisely the flip-side of that.
Jan 19, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
I applaud Cummings' efforts to remove the PM. But it was under his guidance that Johnson ignored laws, prorogued Parliament, lied to HM, attacked judges, abused the press, lied to voters, sacked civil servants, hired 'misfits' and surrounded himself with a cabinet of fools. 1/4 Knowing - as he claims - that Johnson was a dangerous idiot, a 'faulty supermarket trolley', veering wildly from side to side, it was Cummings that trashed every single constitutional bulwark, designed precisely to keep an errant PM's course broadly straight and true. 2/4
Jan 6, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
Jury verdicts do not "set precedent". Seeing as you're so interested in saving your culture and heritage, you might want to open a book. Aaaaand... "scene". Image
Dec 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
More from Mordaunt US speech, suggesting human rights are secondary to trade and boasting UK will ditch regulation on procurement, data, gene editing, medicine, and agriculture.

“You want the prospect of a best-in-class deal on agriculture. Think you will get that from the EU?” It's basically OPENLY advertising that Britain is now a free-for-all. Alngside offensively patronising advice like "you need to increase your relevance in the Indo-Pacific". No! Really, Penny? Gee, thanks.
Nov 9, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
THREAD: There is only one issue, in truth, here and I have been writing about it for over a decade. Since Andrew Lansley declared a donation from someone associated to a private healthcare co, WHILE he was Health Secretary. The issue is the notion of "above board". 1/ Politicians, of all ilks and at all levels, are meant to register ourside interests. The purpose of doing so is to make public any potential conflicts. This system, however, has been subverted by the idea that registering an interest somehow magically resolves any conflict. 2/
Nov 9, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
There are hot takes and then there's Sherelle Jacobs.

Paranoid, McCarthyite, enemy-within dross, with one aim: to excuse those in power; to say that this maelstrom of isolationism, corruption and effluent is not their (or their pom-pom-shakers) fault. The opposite of journalism. On a day the gov't is neck-deep in a swamp of sleaze, the morning after the PM ran away and left his MPs to defend a decision they were against, to begin with, four days into the Telegraph trying to ignore this story, up pops Sherelle to tell us it's AKTCHULLY all Labour's fault.
Oct 2, 2021 28 tweets 11 min read
THREAD By DM, wishes to remain anonymous.

TW/CW: rape, abuse, domestic violence

“The first time I can remember seeing a penis was when I went home for lunch from school with a school friend. I had just started high school so I must have been 11 or 12.” 1/ #STFUSaturday "His older brother and friends were all there watching porn (animal porn) I don’t remember to this day how I ended up alone with one of the friends penis out trying to kiss me and make me touch it while they all laughed outside the door." 2/ #STFUSaturday
Oct 2, 2021 10 tweets 4 min read
THREAD By DM, wishes to remain anonymous.

TW/CW: rape, abuse, domestic violence

“The violence against me started when I was a child. My dad had rage issues and, whilst he hurt my mum and my sis, I was his preferred target.” 1/ #STFUSaturday “After he died, I had an argument with my mum where she said 'yeah, but you used to wind him up...'.
I. Was. A. Child.
Also a grade A student, and sunny and kind (not that these things are prerequisites for not getting abuse).” 2/ #STFUSaturday