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You look at names involved and vain they may be plotters they were/are not twitter.com/EUraTol/status…
Dear Mr Fubini, Could you provide any source or document for your report, any link. It seems to be a complete mystery. Johnson was not in Davos. A UK proposal as important as this would be a big news story. Do you have any evidence this is a UK formal proposal? Does Warsaw agree twitter.com/federicofubini…
Yes but is there any confirmation from Downing St that this is an official UK proposal? The Italian journalist referred vaguely to something Johnson said in Kyiv. But even he doesn't launch something as odd and divisive as this idea. Is there any credible source? @patrickwintour twitter.com/danieltilles1/…
My economics teacher, Mrs Kriteman, (excellent, scary and never forgotten), would be proud. Thanks to ⁦@LHSummers⁩ ⁦@lindayueh⁩ ⁦@asentance⁩ and ⁦@realVickyPryce⁩ for excellent explanation, analysis and a little bit of disagreement. bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3…
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It's moved on as LibDems get faint sniff of winning seats. Sirs Ed and Keir roughly on same page. Being more rejoiner than thou is a prayer for church not serious electoral politics - for time being twitter.com/JohnHol3201918…
Ukrainians don't waste time sniping at criticising Nato and EU member states - that's something the armchair weapons experts in western capitals have got plenty of time to indulge. Columns of denunciations in all Western capitals about other Western capitals is what Putin wants twitter.com/Stethereturn/s…
The last Big Mac and the end of the end of history, by @philipstephens very much on form. philipstephens.substack.com/p/the-last-big…
"The Liberal Democrats are ramping up efforts to win back former heartland seats in Leave areas by moving away from a pledge to rejoin the EU " inews.co.uk/news/politics/… Actually about same line as Labour, SNP same as UKIP on union with neighbours twitter.com/JohnHol3201918…
Difficult interview with Ukrainian leader in East Ukraine as Russian meat grinder advances but on WATO @JonnyDymond got tone (which is an important part of good radio journalism) just right
Fascinating report by @britishfuture @sundersays on changes since Brexit in UK public opinion on immigrants and other issues that led to Brexit vote in 2016. Britain In Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year has reduced the Brexit obsession with immigrants encompass-europe.com/comment/britai… Fas
Very few Nato countries have. Good explainer here on German twisting in wind.politico.eu/article/german… Greens critical of Scholz's hesitations. But what about 3rd party in coalition - FDP, closer to UK conservatives than any other party in Germany? Do we know their line? twitter.com/DanBJohnson/st…
this in Atlantic Council suggests otherwise atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainea… James Heappey, UK def minister explained to me on Twitter why PM has not sent old UK tanks despite Zelensky's request. He said they were difficult to drive. I'd let Ukrainians worry about that and deliver them twitter.com/DanBJohnson/st…
Yes, oil, gas transits from Russia via Ukraine to West and Ukraine I assume gets paid transit fees for that. US has banned Russian oil imports but UK like EU hasn't. It helps Putin for sure twitter.com/Stethereturn/s…
For an MI6 lifer Sir R Dearlove doesn't believe in secret, silent service. Another self-publicising (v good) interview in Speccie by @JayElwes Claims to know Putin's plans. He certainly helped Putin's foreign policy goal of attacking EU via Tory rightists theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/m…
Just started reading it. Great fun. Naples far more interesting to visit than classic northern Italy tourist hot spots @BarbaraSchwepck @HausPublishing twitter.com/john_hooper/st…
Excellent on useful idiots of German pacificism, neutralism. But German Chancellor Olol Scholz in WEF Davos: "“We cannot allow Putin to win his war + I firmly believe he will not win it ... there will be no dictated peace. Ukraine will not accept that, and neither will we.” twitter.com/DanBJohnson/st…
NS appeal to Lab to embrace Modi's Hinduvata Muslimphobe nationalism. Not sure UK's Gujarati Muslim voters agree. Nor will 3 mn Muslim voters. Author says UK Hindus reject recycling as in India servants and lower castes do such work! @JeremyCliffe newstatesman.com/politics/elect…
Yes heard that. Hope Amol's bosses agree with him dissing the BBC (one of the world's most self-regarding media outfits) twitter.com/AlStewartOBE/s…
Macron's LREM may indeed get greatest number of deputies but not an overall majority. Melenchon and Le Pen anti-EU, pro-Putin deputies + other anti-Macron deputies likely to outnumber LREM deputies. Big trouble ahead for Macron who is in last term twitter.com/JohnOBrennan2/…
Zelensky says West still sending money to Russia. This includes the UK which still won't stop oil imports (8% of UK oil) or even apply EU sanctions on Russian white fish which we eat in fish fingers and fish + chip shops. Johnson talks big on Ukraine but acts small
In HoC yesterday @RachelReevesMP not able to attack Sunak as he stole her policy. @johnredwood for @indyvoice thinks this is a prob for Labour. Yet in Australia, Labor defeated Oz version of Johnson, with a programme of modest improvements in health, climate. Time for change won
Long talk between Macron and new Australian PM Labor's Anthony Albanese. Macron suggests cooperation on climate change, China, Oz and FR using their wheat+cereal production to help African countries hit by Putin food war, and on LNG imports to EU @gideonrachman @patrickwintour
German Chancellor Olol Scholz in Davos: "“We cannot allow Putin to win his war + I firmly believe he will not win it ... there will be no dictated peace. Ukraine will not accept that, and neither will we.” Meanwhile Johnson opens attacks on US + EU over N Ireland on behalf of DUP
Hope Conscdo same to Labour list sure which need major rejuvenation twitter.com/pippacrerar/st…
Listening to the #NazaninZaghariRatcliffe interview is a reminder why details matter. We need leaders that put the work in, read their brief &set an example. @BorisJohnson failed #nazanin due to his laziness. He has failed the nation many times since. 🧵
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Great joining @PhilWilliams @TimesRadio to discuss Rishi Sunak's latest cost of living package and how the much anticipated, and finally announced,windfall tax on oil and gas companies would actually work @Cebr_uk twitter.com/PhilWilliams/s…
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So the windfall tax that every single Tory MP voted against last week is now a great idea this week!
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The chancellor could save millions of people billions if he introduced a cap on the cost of credit - as his answer showed like the cost of living crisis, he just doesn’t get it ….
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so sad to read of NLR descending into being an apologist for nationalist Russian chauvinism - a military version of Lexit - left-wing Brexit a petty nationalist reflex promoted by the Gdn and LRB. CCE ex Sov states moved to Nato 1990s cos EU so slow to offer a home @ahatanhel twitter.com/paulmasonnews/…
"It costs £15,000 in legal, visa and NHS surcharge fees to bring a top scientist and their spouse, with two children to the UK — that’s a significant barrier when you consider a top EU scientist can move to another EU country cost-free and without the bureaucracy" -@pmdfoster FT
For @EncompassEurope ex Brexit Dept Perm Sec @Kirkbytop expresses hope UK-EU relations may "lean back ..to assessing what is in the best interests of the country. (then) the arch priests + priestesses of Brexit so dominant in our politics today will cut vaguely ludicrous figures"
what's happened to @WizzAirUK_W9 . I liked it loads pre-Pandemic but today friend lost a key interview as long delay at Gatwick and @IndyTravel reports on 7 hour delay Gatwick-Cypus as pilot urges passengers to protest independent.co.uk/travel/news-an… @gcourmouzis
New front in Johnson's quarrel w France as Kwasi Kwarteng launches inquiry into 6% increase in a French stake in BT announced 6 months ago. Done on grounds of "national security". Mais Oui. BT jewell in crown of Thatcher privatisation. This is rank protectionism @kalyeena
Johnson copying Putin as Russian nationalist leader raises pensions and minimum wage to offset inflation, cost-of-living hikes - FT
Jusqu’à maintenant c’est plutôt 🇬🇧 qui est affaibli par le Brexit surtout avec M Johnsotwitter.com/GerardAraud/st…UV
Happy 73rd birthday Jeremy Corbyn. You have served 40 years as an MP and made your mark. Perhaps time to step back. One of many suggestions in my new book “Must Labour Always Lose?” (@CaretPress) is retirement age or term limits for MPs to keep refreshing Labour party.
After attacking Dublin, Europe, the Vatican, Gays the DUP have finally found an enemy their size - the United States of America twitter.com/arlenefosteruk…
Dutch football fans are acting beastly in Albania; getting drunk, urinating in public, smashing local pubs, beating up locals, grabbing women, etc. yet, Dutch officials, when in Albania, hold us lectures on how we should be more ‘European’ in order to join the EU.
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This DTel is beyond funny. COMMENT “Tory Britain faces extinction at the hands of a radical hard-Left alliance”. Who knew that current shadow cabinet were all secret Corbynistas ?
Was there ever a chance an elected civil servant under Brutish rules would topple an elected PM? But bad for Tory MPs who have to defend a liar without honour who won’t be able to handle cost of living, inflation, strikes, NI crisis and will cost many Tory seats at next GE twitter.com/jnpowell1/stat…
Lovely @rosarankingee guide to Peckham in E Standard. Didn’t mention Hartes Irish Butchers but I guess I’m last meat eater in town @maggiegeewriter @johnmcternan
If you only have time to read one Ukraine war story make it this one by @robfox45 How Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has gone so badly wrong standard.co.uk/comment/commen…
In the end under our non-constitution a civil servant does not destroy an elected prime minister. That's up to his party, maybe MPs, voters. Anyway a disgraced Johnson limps thru another years of lies and dishonour. I expect that suits Labour rather than face a new electable PM twitter.com/steverichards1…
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