Musings on the world. Thoughts & opinions (when I have them) are my own.
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Jun 9, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
1) interesting article on Cummings which gives some important insight on his elite privilege based career
Suggests the Durham trip was no more or less than a panic induced escape because everything seemed to be collapsing after herd immunity
consortiumnews.com/2020/06/08/let…2) highlights something however that I cannot believe our media has not picked up on
Cummings was never tested for COVID
Neither was his wife
Their son tested negative
There is no evidence that anyone in the family *ever* had COVID
1) Cummings, really, why the genius tag?
Not of the greatest importance but keep wondering why Cummings is seen as this great genius, I mean really, what has he actually achieved that is meaningful & sustainable?
Let's examine the evidence
2) Covid19 - bypassing for a moment the current row over his personal behaviour (though as a side note it's now been revealed just how hypocritical his man of the people anti elitist persona really is)
Arguably the "stay at home" messaging was very effective..
May 27, 2020 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
1) The Boss has lost it
So you're a Tory MP, probably a new one, and you've heard the boss is a rockstar and his right hand man is a political genius. You think you are well set for a long time in power.
You've heard about #Brexit and GE landslides being attributed to this pair
2) You see the boss's popularity get even higher and you think "these 2 are amazing, Labour can't touch us".
Then #Covid19 appears, but the boss says everything's going to be OK.
Then you see the UK move to the wrong ends of the "worst in the world/best in the world graphs"
May 24, 2020 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
1) easiest crystal ball in history
There seems to be a lot of shocked & surprised Tories around today & whilst it was shocking, why is anyone surprised?
What did think would happen when you elevate a lying chancer to PM? What part of his history is inconsistent with today?
2) there's a simple point to make here.Tories, mostly brexiters, knew Johnson's (lack of) character, flaky buffoonery and self serving nature.They knew of the dishonesty of the Brexit campaign but also the utter lack of a moral compass
1) Amongst many other failures and outright lies from Corbyn's Labour on #Brexit this, the lie of a "Jobs first, protect workers rights Brexit" is right up there
Corbyn and Labour conspired to throw away worker & regulations protections, the greatest rights loss in history 2) There was *never* a jobs first #Brexit but more importantly a "protect workers rights" #Brexit was a complete & deliberate lie
Yesterday we enjoyed pan european workers rights on maternity, working time directive, sick pay, a whole host - that's all under threat
Dec 13, 2019 • 13 tweets • 7 min read
1) @UKLabour - what happened?
Fundamentally 4 blindingly big errors were made by Labour, and at least 3 of them were obvious years ago
Firstly, Labour could only ever, strategically, be a Remain party - they could never out #Brexit the Tories - but they never found a route
@UKLabour 2) whatever the northern seat position was, you cannot win as Labour with Brexit lite, just as Labour couldn't win 10 years ago with austerity lite
The Brexit camp was full, strategically the only route for Labour was full throated Remain - they never got there
1) How to close down the Tory Rep in tonight's #Brexit election debate
Just point out in your opening speech that the Tory Rep whoever it is is not not there to debate, or discuss, but to repeat "Get Brexit Done" over and over
@sianberry@NicolaSturgeon@joswinson@Adamprice 2) just call it out, invite ridicule. Offer a selfie to whoever can spot the most mentions of "Get Brexit done"
"brexiters say we think Leave voters are stupid, but clearly they have no respect for you
"Take Back Control" was the brainwashing phrase, now it's "get brexit done"
Nov 24, 2019 • 6 tweets • 5 min read
Fact is @UKLabour are deliberately fielding a deeply unpopular leader who has lost every external election (locals, GE, Euros),sometimes spectacularly
In doing so they have demonstrated that keeping Corbyn & blaming everyone else is is more important than protecting their voters
1) I know this tweet will get "you need to vote tactically" comments - I know that
But cannot understand why anyone is surprised at the polling nightmare
Corbyn was less popular than May & "Don't know" for 2 years! What did you think would happen when he was facing a populist?
2) Blame the LDs, blame the media, blame smears, blame "remainers not working together", blame whoever or whatever you want
The public told @UKLabour consistently, for 2 years, that Corbyn, *personally*, was deeply unpopular
1) The real #Brexit issue
Last night I posted a comment - what was the point of a Corbyn led Referendum
Numerous people got annoyed & several born again Labour commentators told me I needed to essentially face reality and support Corbyn
Hard nosed LD remainers are not the issue 2) there isn't 20% of the population who are LD remainers picking Johnson, just 20% of the population who can't vote Corbyn
The issue is *not* LD remainers
The issue is Labour supporters who will not drop Corbyn,despite all evidence, and who expect everyone else to fall in line
Oct 28, 2019 • 6 tweets • 7 min read
1) probably shouldn't oversimplify, but I'm going to anyway
If @UKLabour don't want an election, they need to *all* get behind a Final Say 2nd ref
If they can't, they have to get behind a GE
But they have to all get behind *something* on #Brexit, and the problem is they cant
@UKLabour 2) and the reason why @UKLabour can't get behind any given position is they have a leadership out of step with most members & MPs, which *does* want #Brexit but then hopes to come into power in the chaos that follows
The membership know this really,but won't do anything about it
Oct 19, 2019 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
1) For all the praise laid on @Keir_Starmer and others, there is *no* authentic Labour Leadership voice saying *unambiguously* that #Brexit is a bad idea, only that this or that particular deal is
Because Labour will not displace Corbyn eventually the brexiters will win
@Keir_Starmer 2) the frustration is, so many Labour supporters pretending they care about the NHS, workers rights, the vulnerable
But they don't, in the end they put supporting Corbyn, and therefore enabling #Brexit, above everything
"If you are confident alternative arrangements will work, why are you worried about the backstop which will only kick in if they *dont* work?"
@Peston@bbclaurak@bbcnickrobinson 2) "if no deal is so terrifying that the EU will buckle if it's threatened, how can it simultaneously be so easy that Yellowhammer and other reports are "project fear"?
How can it hurt the EU without hurting us to a greater degree?"
Oct 6, 2019 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
1) They're not as bad as each other
Increasingly frustrated at Remain commentators drawing an equivalence between the LDs and Corbyn.."they'd prefer no deal #brexit than..."
They are *not* as bad as each other
Please stop indulging Corbyn
It's 100 Vs 1
He has to step aside
2) firstly over 100 MPs have to hold their nose and vote for no confidence, knowing it *could* result in a Corbyn Government
MPs who left Labour over anti semitism
MPs who despise the Marxism they believe he represents
MPs who just don't think he's fit to be PM
Oct 5, 2019 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
1) No more Mr Nice Guy
Remainer MPs, commentators etc - you *have* to be @petergeoghegan
Spiked online, right wing think tankers, Telegraph journalists - they are not here to debate #brexit - they're here to position tropes and spread uncertainty, to follow their instructions
Either persuade about 50 MPs who are absolutely ideologically opposed to Corbyn to hold their noses, possibly vote against their party and install him
Or ask 1 MP to swallow his ego and step aside
I don't see why this is even a debate
I mean you can spin this around "right as LOTO to be given first dibs" etc but ultimately, in any other walk of life persuading 1 person rather than 50 would be the obvious route
Corbyn's a grown up, he must see the polls, this is just being pragmatic
1) a few weeks ago I ranted on the cozy, soft lighting, barely present "interview" #peston gave Johnson, and the contrast with his heckling of other politicians, even laughing off Johnson's self serving nature
@Peston 2) then a week or so later #peston attempted to paint a potential climb down by Johnson back to the original EU suggestion as some wizard wheeze which might drag the Irish into "constructive negotiations"