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Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil


Chairman @Spectator, @spectatorUSA, @Spectator Australia, @Apollo_Magazine, BBC presenter #politicslive @bbcthisweek Tweets reflect my analysis and mine alone.

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A Tory scandal in the making. What a hash the PM and his expensive partner have made of some over-priced wallpaper and furnishings.

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Interesting graph. The EU’s vaccine rollout is going so well that Germany is thinking of buying the Russian vaccine.

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The UK administered over 700,000 jabs yesterday. A new record.

The damage political leaders can do: 61% of people in France now think the AZ vaccine is unsafe, up 18 percentage points on February. Only 23% think it is safe, down 10 points. 55% of Germans think the AZ jab is unsafe, up 15 points on February. Just 32% say it is safe, down 11.

Well, she was elected as a Labour MP and her website still bills her as a Labour MP, as do other digital signatures. You’d expect a professor like yourself, even if it’s only at Strathclyde Uni, to have a greater reverence for facts. But that’s modern academia for you.

When Le Pen seen as lesser evil French politics really is in crisis.

Good news: France’s widespread anti-vax phobia is on the wane Only 42% wanted to be jabbed in December; now it’s 70% (Odoxa survey in Figaro). Only 14% determined to refuse. But 71% distrust AZ “British” vaccine (thanks Macron).

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Scores of celebrities and the rich have arrived in Sicily for a Google conference. They came in 114 private jets and a flotilla of super yachts. The conference is on global warming.

I suspect many folks, when they see this, will be adding Britannia Hotels to the list of businesses they will not be frequenting when this crisis is over.

Isn’t this a remarkable — some might say brazen — re-writing of what actually happened? The first “protective ring” was “advice” in February which said (twice) care homes had nothing to worry about. Then old folks were decanted from hospitals to homes without testing ...

If Britannia had not ruled the waves there would never have been a Royal Navy strong enough to abolish the slave trade, intercepting 1,600 ships and freeing 150,000 Africans while sustaining major casualties. Guess it’s too late to delete your tweet ...

Boris Johnson four days ago: “Let's be in no doubt about it, the exam results that we've got today are robust, they're good, they're dependable for employers.” Not a single claim in that sentence was true, was it Prime Minister?

Imagine the twitter storm tonight if this had gone the other way. It would have been of biblical proportions. For some reason it’s not getting much traction on the MSM either. Ho hum.

After four years of lecturing Britain that it could never countenance anything that might lead to a hard border in Ireland, the European Union, in a desperate response to its own vaccine incompetence, introduces a hard border. Then thinks better of it.

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