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FYI here is @FullFact 's debunking of the "first safe country" myth:

@Jonesthesteam72  @PaulbernalUKB  @BBCNewsut  the Dublin Agreement will no longer apply to the UK after the end of this year. From January 2021, we will be unable to send asylum seekers back to EU countries they have travelled through.

Yes. So after the end of this year, they will no longer apply to the UK.

@VikkiTh16913224  @BBCNewsYou 're right. I actually said this in a subsequent tweet. Though it is only *some* refugees that can be sent back. Depends on other criteria, such as whether they have family/friends here.

@DidhamJay  Asylu@what5updocm  @BBCNews  seekers are not allowed to work to support themselves while their claims are being considered. The govt gives them the princely sum of £5.50 per day for all food, clothes, toiletries. Let's see you live on that.

Received an email from school confirming that peripatetic music lessons cannot start in September. That affects approximately 20 freelance specialist instrumental teachers, including me. I imagine other schools are sending similar emails to their peripatetic staff.

@SophiaGrene  It's the worst. Social distancing is 3m and we obviously can't use masks, so teaching in a small practice room with poor ventilation is a non-starter. I can't even teach privately at the moment. Room isn't big enough.


Carrie Grace at @BBCNews  has just claimed that "the rules say" refugees must claim asylum in the first safe country they come to. This is NOT TRUE.

I am sick and tired of hearing ignoramuses like Bernard Jenkin claim that the Millenium bug didn't exist. IT DID. I worked on Y2K projects. We found bugs and we fixed them. It's because we did such a good job that people who weren't involved think there was never a problem.

So if I am reading this right, the Barclay brothers are promoting Boris as "the only person who can save us", but Murdoch wants to dump him in favour of Gove. Media oligarchs fighting for control of government. And the battlefield, unusually, is the broadsheets, not the tabloids.

Last year, I said that in the long term there could be a bright future outside the EU. I am now recanting. Brexit is bad, now and forever.

Dear @BBC , you should not believe what you read in corporate press releases. The rescue plan for Thomas Cook was not £900m as the company said. It was £900m of new loans PLUS new equity of £450m PLUS conversion of £1.7bn of existing debt to equity (with a whopping haircut) 1/

"In the five years from 2012 to 2016, #Carillion  paid out £217 million more in dividends than it generated in cash from its operations." (Parliamentary briefing paper). Imaginary profits don't provide hard cash. Carillion borrowed to pay those dividends....

If you had any understanding at all of WTO rules, you would know that in the event of no deal, the EU would have no choice but to introduce the checks described in this piece. Not to do so would violate international law. I suspect you DO know this, but prefer to lie.

You did some teaching as a doctoral candidate at Cambridge, and some teaching as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard. But you have never held a university teaching post or done any significant academic research. You didn't even complete your doctorate. Universities are not schools.

Lol. BBC News reporting that British people applying to work as fruit and veg pickers don't have the skills to do the job, unlike unskilled migrant workers.