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THREAD: Ahead of my semi-retirement from Twitter tomorrow, I’m going to be self-indulgent & re-up some of the stuff I’m proudest of from these past 3 years. (Spoiler: nearly all about Brexit: a mix of analysis, advice & scathing, sweary invective). [1/x]
My time on Twitter has been a journey. I started out naively arguing for what I believed in, assuming our opponents were similarly acting in good faith. I’ve learnt a lot. Along the way, I’ve had fun, made friends, & valued the sense of community here when things felt bad.
There’s not much to say about my first 18 months on Twitter. For the first year, I was living in Japan so it was my way of feeling connected with the politics of my home country. I felt the looming EUref was big. I argued with Leavers, including Julia H-B & Louise Mensch.
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Cracking letters in the Telegraph yesterday. My fave: “We have always undersold Brexit. There needed to be a vision... of the excitement of trade on the high seas, the protection of our precious legal sysyem, the sovereignty of Parliament, not to mention NATO.” #BrexitShambles
Another corker: “It is now being suggested that Brexiteers did not have a plan. I had a plan. It was to announce immediately that, since the EU would never concede a free-trade arrangement, we should instead expect to trade on WTO rules.” #BrexitShambles #twats
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“Danny Dyer is a luvvy member of the elite. He is being secretly paid by George Soros to undermine the Will of the People!!!” #BrexitShambles #twats
Predictably, after criticising Brexit Danny Dyer has indeed effectively been accused of being a closet member of the elite. #DannyDyer #DannyDyerBrexit #LeaveLiars #twats
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THREAD: The mistake Oliver Norgrove makes here is assuming that ppl like Chloe Westley from the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance are attempting, in good faith, to “aid understanding of complex issues”. #AltShite #LeaveLiars #BrexitShambles #twats
They are of course doing nothing of the sort. What Chloe (and the rest of the pro-Brexit politico-media complex) are doing is following the Trump/Breitbart playbook on how to win political arguments when you have little evidence but can appeal to a sizeable aggrieved minority.
She muddies the waters, distracts, generates outrage from opponents, and panders to the prejudices of hardcore supporters (who thereby feel empowered to dismiss unwelcome evidence of experts and of real-world developments, in this case on Brexit).
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*nerd voice* “Actually, you’ll find that’s a Heinkel, not a ‘Juncker’.” #LeaveLiars #twats #BrexitShambles
(Seriously, though, it is a Heinkel.)
(And it appears to have been messing with the Russians, not with the British.)
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Unlike most Remainers, I could forgive Labour for not openly opposing Brexit. (I agree there’s some tricky electoral arithmetic.) What I can’t forgive is desperately avoiding the subject: they should be saying, “Regardless of how you voted, this govt is making a hash of Brexit.”
That’s what the official Opposition is supposed to do in a parliamentary democracy: challenge the government, keep it under pressure and hold it to account for its performance on the big issues that really matter for the future of the country. #BrexitShambles #twats
Shameful dereliction of Labour’s duty to the voters- colluding with this disgraceful government to try (as far as possible) to bury Brexit as a subject of political debate until after the Article 50 clock has run down. Shameful. And a terrible electoral miscalculation too.
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THREAD: Lots of twattish Brexiters are accusing the EU of “cherrypicking”. A few thoughts...
We’ll come to what’s *really* behind these claims at the end. But first let’s take them at face value. Even if accusations of EU cherry-picking had a grain of truth in them, they are a stupid argument on several levels:
a) the UK decided to leave the club, and is negotiating the terms of its departure; the EU did not decide to expel the UK, so it has a certain moral right to decide what terms it offers to a future non-member. The non-member is of course free to tell the club to ‘go whistle’.
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THREAD: Remember, Remainers: whenever Brexiters like Boris Johnson & Jacob Reed-Mogg say moronic attention-grabbing things (about the Camden-Islington border or whatever), *they WIN the argument even when they lose the argument*. We need to get smarter before it’s too late...
When they spout this jaw-dropping shit (remember the Boris bridge?) or repeat widely discredited claims (£350m per week; EU tariffs impoverish African farmers) plenty of well-informed people jump in & prove they are wrong/stupid. They “lose the argument”. But they don’t care..
They are not trying to “win the argument” (in the sense of winning ppl over & convincing those who currently don’t support Brexit that it is a good idea). They are trying to *distract* (think Lynton Crosby’s ‘dead cat’ strategy). They are setting the news agenda...
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