British journalist and writer / commentator on how our identities (national, racial, religious) influence our politics. Work at @openDemocracy.
Sep 23, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
I'm a strong and committed Remainer.
But I also think it's a mistake to force Jeremy Corbyn to commit to a second Referendum on Brexit. Labour members shouldn't go down that road. #lab18
If Corbyn says he is committed to a second Referendum *before* Theresa May's deal has been voted on, it will be a disaster.
Why? Two reasons:
Sep 16, 2018 • 14 tweets • 4 min read
So this is Rod Liddle in the Spectator (apparently the *leading* magazine of the UK right), writing about how it's SO difficult to avoid being racist.
Let's talk about Rod Liddle's own history, since its not that well known.
In 2010, Rod Liddle blamed black people for "the overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London"
Ok. *deep breath* a thread on Labour and Brexit. ⬇️
As a strong Remainer I find it odd when fellow Remainers attack the Labour leadership (Corbyn / McDonnell) for not being against Brexit enough. Its unnecessary and misguided. Here's why
1) The Corbyn/McD stance is classic Triangulation. (Yes, the t-word is back!)
Of course they won't admit to it. But leadership don't want to lose the mostly working-class-vote that are strong Leavers. Will they attract Tory Remainers to replace them? Seems doubtful.
Sep 13, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Exclusive story by @openDemocracy tonight, which could turn very interesting 🤫😉
The UK Parliament watchdog is now probing Jacob Rees Mogg’s hard Brexit lobby group (the ERG) over its "other sources of funding" opendemocracy.net/uk/brexitinc/j…
The ERG received ‘research funds’ (paid out of MPs’ expense claims, and therefore ultimately funded by the taxpayer) from the offices of:
Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Andrea Leadsom, Penny Mordaunt, Chris Grayling, David Gauke and David Davis.
Sep 12, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
The Conservatives talk loudly about challenging anti-Semitism. So why are they backing an actual anti-Semitic and far-right party?
Jewish groups in Hungary: "We regret that Mr. Orbán did not address any recent anti-Semitic or racist incidents in the country, nor did he provide sufficient reassurance that a clear line has been drawn between his government and the far-right fringe." spiegel.de/international/…
Sep 11, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
A few weeks ago I was asked by a journalist how they can focus more on climate change when "most people aren't interested".
That's the problem right there. Climate change is seen as an abstract issue, but it isn't. It will affect ever facet of our lives and our politics.
Think I'm exaggerating? Read this on Day Zero in Cape Town. This is soon going to be a reality across parts of India, China, Middle East, Mexico, even Russia.
So I think Corbyn is at that stage where he could literally shoot someone on Oxford Street and still maintain his base.
There are three main reasons for this, IMO: 1) Media 2) Brexit 3) Economy
1) The press has been so vicious to Corbyn from day one, cried wolf so many times, people just don't trust it to treat him fairly.
And I don't mean just his core supporters. I don't think the wider public does either.
Jul 25, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
I swear if Imran Khan gets one positive gushing interview in UK media mentioning his cricket career after this election campaign, I will lose my shit.
Khan should be treated as the religious extremist he is, not the charming international cricketer he used to be.
Imran Khan is to Pakistan what Narendra Modi is to India: a nation exhausted by corruption is charmed by a man who pretends to care, while nakedly pandering to religious extremists.
Jul 24, 2018 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
Hi @afneil, have you looked outside your window and decided if global warming is real yet?
Or do these tweets only come out in winter?
"Damn you, global warming!"
This is the BBC's foremost political presenter.
Jun 19, 2018 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
While Britain is trying to avoid a trade war with Trump, here's a little update on another much-punted post-Brexit alliance. Remember India?
Priti Patel said Brexit would be "a boost to India-UK ties".
Well, its not quite working out like that. [thread]
The main thing Tories doesn't seem to understand: India isn't going to rush for a trade agreement with the UK without other benefits.