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Good lord the attacks are relentless. I was on #PoliticsLive to talk about cooking, mental health and disability. That's what I prepared for. I'm sorry my left wing views aren't left wing enough for the diehards, or that I wasnt expecting to have to be the entire LP fanclub...
...but while you name-call me, make up conspiracies, have a go, and relentlessly attack your own, the Tories continue to destroy the most vulnerable in society. But of course, I'M the problem. Me, who has spent six years campaigning against poverty and austerity. I'm the baddie.
And that's fine. Because fighting policy is hard. Fronting up to austerity is hard. Effective campaigning is hard. Far easier to sit and pull apart one woman who was lost for words on television because she was frightened for the future of decency and justice. As you were.

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Oct 8, 2018
Anyone else with any experience of Sertraline? Week two and I'm throwing up like I've got morning sickness here. Not really helpful when I've got a very very busy day ahead!
Also for the replies saying 'stop taking them' - advising people to quit medication that has been prescribed by a doctor who has a comprehensive overview of that person's life, health and circumstances, is unhelpful at best and downright dangerous at worst. Please stop.
Secondly, stigmatising mental illness contributes to people not seeking help. There is no shame in needing a bit of chemical rewiring. When I broke my foot, I went to the doctor. Why should a broken head be any different? It isn't.
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A reminder that under the Tories we now have:
11,000 fewer firefighting personnel
4.2m in poverty
1.5m food bank parcels a year
5,000 fewer bobbies on the beat
An £11,000 pay rise for MPs
A UN investigation into UK poverty
A landmark study linking austerity to 120,000 deaths...
...just tonight I heard from a food bank who have seen an EIGHTY FIVE PERCENT INCREASE in referrals since universal credit was rolled out in their town...
Just today I heard of a cancer patient who died with just £8 to his name after being declared 'fit to work' by this arcane and violent system...
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Sep 27, 2018
I refuse to engage with trolls who have fewer Twitter followers than my cat.
For context, the cat has been on Twitter for 2 weeks and has 1036 followers. And he doesn't even write his own damn tweets. 😁
FGS. He's at @PussInBootstrap - he doesn't tweet very often, mostly too busy eating spiders and destroying shoes.
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Sep 25, 2018
Mischief managed.
So out of 13 tins of #QualityStreet there were...

121 strawberry cremes
103 orange cremes
91 toffee deluxe
82 toffee fingers
81 fudges
79 coconut eclairs
79 toffee pennies
71 milk choc block (green)
67 green triangles
66 purple ones
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Sep 19, 2018
I'm just gonna say I don't think 'Jacks' DOES want the Aldi/Lidl market. They've opened two stores. Aldi/Lidl have 21,366 between them. Jack's are also not big enough, opening in former Express shops. They look more like edging out the McColls/Londis but nobody wants to say it...
...So while their layout seems very Aldi/Lidl, along with the middle aisle of rando stuff, I'm not convinced they're a serious contender for the budget brands. They're going in the wrong places, the wrong size, and alongside existing Tesco stores. Watching with interest.
Anyway I could be entirely wrong, but it doesn't feel like it's even remotely a contender. Maybe a publicity stunt akin to pizza hut rebranding some stores as 'Pasta Hut' for a while, but opening 15 shops in a year in existing sites feels a bit like a piss in the wind IMHO
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Sep 15, 2018
I can confirm today that following that landmark libel case, Katie Hopkins has entered into an IVA to avoid bankruptcy. I knew for a while but could not say anything for legal reasons. The arbitrary defender of free speech didn't want anyone to know, ironically...
...I have been paid in full, but many of her creditors, including my lawyer, will not be paid what they are owed. For the want of an apology, a house, a job, a column, a radio show, and now financial solvency, were lost. It's all very sad, actually.
I'm not cruel nor celebrating - that case cost me 18 months of sanity and work, and I think neither of us wanted it to turn out this way.

(I can recommend an excellent budget cookery book or three, for getting back on your feet, though)
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