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Sep 28, 2018 5 tweets 4 min read
No! Surely not?
Stuart who was on the Vote Leave Governance Committee and especially liked the lying red bus (per Cummings)

Wilton Park is the Foreign and Commonwealth training outfit that had SCL Elections/ Turnbull to help train personnel in Feb 2017on psy-ops Trump model. See evidence here.…
Sep 25, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
@AlexChalkChelt. Can you have a word with your Colleague @DKShrewsbury who is yet another Conservative MP misleading the public about EU tariffs? He is standing in front of fruit that we import tariff free from numerous countries under EU Trade deals & preferantiql tariffs. Here is a comprehensive explanation from @Jim_Cornelius who has gone to considerable lengths to explain the tariffs on each product. He has done this for a number of Conservative MPs (the ERG types) who repeatedly mislead the public.
Aug 26, 2018 12 tweets 4 min read
This makes me so sad.… Here are some photos of the border that are worth a good look and a good think.

C.30k people cross it each day.…
Aug 18, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
This is a delicately woven thread on the @margarethodge @bethrigby /Labour Party AS issue.

My detailed comments making a comparison between the ineptness of LP in this and JC in NI are at the end

But I want to say this.
“Keep a bag packed just in case” is not an OK childhood 2/. I thank AdamWagner1 for this delicately poised thread.

I spent much of my teenage years reading such literature as Victor Frankl’s inspiring, life affirming, gentle & powerful account of survival and thriving from the Holocaust

These accounts display courage & deep kindness
Aug 17, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
This article by ⁦@CoppetainPU⁩ reflecting on the quality of dialogue regarding Brexit, & the first casualty: the truth.

We Remainers must be careful not to pick “bad arguments” inaccurate information about trading on WTO terms.

Plenty good ones!… In fact my experience of Remainers is they are keen to get facts right.

BUT it’s v.easy for an error to gain traction at the expense of perfectly sound arguments located elsewhere.

Can we knock on the head that we cannot trade without full agreement from all 160+ WTO countries?
Aug 13, 2018 4 tweets 4 min read
@andreajenkyns @grahambsi @tempora_magda Have you read the tone of your own tweet. It shows not a jot of honest self reflection.

Let’s have a little look at Leave backers (élite) and note how many are making money out of the falling £ whilst the rest of us have to bear the consequent increase in costs & inflation. @andreajenkyns @grahambsi @tempora_magda 2/. 1. Jim Ratcliffe - £15.3 billion, 2. James Dyson - £9.5 billion 3. David and Fredrick Barclay - £7.4 billion (pay no tax), 4. Lord Bamford - £3.6 billion 5. Peter Hargreaves - £3.16billion.

Then there’s hedge fund billionaires like Hintze and Crispin Odey. Arron Banks(!)
Aug 12, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
So. Brexiters wish to shrug off the “shackles” of EU regs and embrace a US trade deal. This man has just won a $284mill award because of his exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup and other glyphosate herbicide brands.… 2/ “The Jury found Monsanto acted with “malice or oppression” in failing to adequately warn of the risks.
Testimony and evidence presented at trial showed that the warning signs seen in scientific research dated back to the early 1980s and have only increased over the decades.”
Aug 5, 2018 7 tweets 7 min read
@tfoale @BBCr4today @JLR_News @OwenPaterson This is REALLY good.

I’ve been using a two wall analogy.

One..the regulation and compliance wall. The second (& generally less expensive) the tariff wall.

The biggest costs are run up trying to get past the former.

The latter is a relative doddle, more like a toll bridge @tfoale @BBCr4today @JLR_News @OwenPaterson 2/. That’s why the EU has hundreds & hundreds of treaties to reduce the size of the first wall EVEN WHEN TRADING ON WTO terms.

Including treaties with the USA. (Customs, transport, Mutual Recognition) gone 29.3.19

We will have to start from scratch and it CANNOT be done quickly
Aug 4, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
Dmitry Grozoubinski was an Australian WTO negotiator & he very bluntly disagrees with Prof Collins.

I wonder if @davidcollinslaw would like to respond, in particular detailing how much WTO negotiation he has actually done?

It is critical to the welfare that we get this right Maybe @FraserNelson would like to pay attention too, given he has circulated the article referred to in @DmitryOpines?

Also @CoppetainPU who also has worked with the WTO on negotiations for a couple of decades and writes that excellent blog at
Aug 3, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
I never quite got why the Jewish Community had so little trust in Jeremy Corbyn’s attitude to anti semitism until I heard this interview. (tweet 2)

I read the Jonathan Freedland article referred to & thought it pretty mild
A problem to be addressed… 2/. I then was sent this interview with Corbyn.

He was talking on a mobile phone to Seumus Milne about it.

It wasn’t just the words, but the tone of voice. Ugly.

C 3 mins 35 secs or just after.

Jul 31, 2018 18 tweets 9 min read
@joelymack Here’s some data if it helps. U.K., that was at the top of the G7 prior to Brexit is now an outlier. @joelymack 2/. ONS. Household expenditure now exceeds income. First time since 1988 Average £900 shortfall.

Not all households face the same budget pressures – the poorest 10% of households are most likely to spend more than they receive in income
Jul 28, 2018 11 tweets 4 min read
@CommonsCMS @DamianCollins .

The real question is this.
What did the Governance Committee (See next tweets) know about these ad contents?

What did the see?
What did they approve?
Turn a blind eye to once published?
What was their job if not to over see content & money? Each one should be questioned IN DETAIL about what they saw when and what steps (in writing) did each take to prevent such grossly untruthful messages infiltrating social media.

Liam Fox
Iain Duncan Smith
Dominic Raab
Michael Gove
Boris Johnson
Steve Baker
Chris Grayling
Jul 28, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Does ⁦@sjwrenlewis⁩ have any reflections on this Full Fact challenge on the DexEU Impact Assessment summaries?… 2/. I am concerned that none of us (including Full Facts) have access to the full impact assessments.

We cannot be sure of the underlying assumptions made in full, or the content of the data that formed the basis of the number crunching.
Jul 23, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
How can we both tolerant and resist harmful intolerance at the same time?

This thought provoked essays from such people as Popper who emigrated to NZ to escape Nazi brutal, unthinkably cruel, life destroying, intolerance.

We need to pay attention.… Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed-tolerance with them
Jul 21, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
The BBC deserves plenty of brickbats but this investigation into the DUP Dark Money and Brexit is pure magic.
Don’t go out to the cinema.
Stay in and watch this.

Richard Cook, ex Tory Candidate (fail) with links to crooked large scale illegal dumping too… So. The CRC (“Constitutional Research Council”) made the £425k donation to the DUP to support their Brexit campaign.

That money was spent not so much in NI but on a wrap around METRO spread, a feeesheet circulated mostly in London.

Also they spent with AiQ.
Jul 14, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
I really recommend the FT that’s been doing some terrific reporting on Brexit alongside @carolecadwalla @guardian.

This story follows the money through Trump Toronto

Tower of secrets: the Russian money behind a Donald Trump skyscraper… via @financialtimes 2/. The full article is a must read, showing links with Trump “through an alleged money-laundering network channelling millions in sales of apartments through Trump Soho, 63 Russian oligarchs buying property interests in Trump-branded towers amongst numerous other transactions.
Jul 12, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
A reminder that the Govt has known for some time that maintaining a high quality & reliable food chain post Brexit hasn’t been secured or planned, given our inability to feed the nation ourselves & food imports so dependent on the EU & EU/3rd country deals…
May 11, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
I’m not very well today but give me a nudge over the weekend.

I can point out, for instance glaring and worrying errors such as NEW foreign investment (ie excl that previously agreed) is down 90% on 2016-17.… 2/. Insolvencies up 14%…
May 1, 2018 15 tweets 3 min read
1/ What we do know is that

A/ Ian Warren worked for UKIP in 2013/14 (Warren’s own statement & Guardian article Nov 2104).

B/ IW started work for LP Nov 2015 (same Guardian article). IW says on the the GE 2015. Left in May. 2/.

C/ He next Reports that he worked on the Owen Smith Leadership Campaign. That ended c 12 Sept 2015. So he has been doing LP related work from at least Nov 15 to mid Sept 2015.
Apr 28, 2018 9 tweets 4 min read
1/. Oh dear. Aren’t you Leader of the House of Commons. And this post does not attract Parliamentary Priviledge

Nevertheless another politician careless of the factual realities.
Here we go with the corrections posted to Hannam. Same for several months now, so he knows. 2/. Excellent article by the excellent @ChrisGiles_…
Apr 23, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
1/. Dr Larsen, who was commissioned to write the report gave evidence more than once to Select Committees, most recently on 20/4/2018. It is plain that the thrust of his opinion is that friction can be reduced but not removed by “smart” technology and processes 2/. The greater the divergence (the Govt’s stated intention) the greater friction is introduced. This is why the NI Select Committee, composed of a majority of Leavers said, on leaving SM &CU :