James O'Brien

James O'Brien


'Charm personified.' The Observer. 'Former suit salesman.' Daily Mail. Retweets are not endorsements.

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A government built entirely on persuading people to ignore experts, evidence & observable facts is now charged with persuading people to respect experts, evidence & observable facts. And the embodiment of Britain’s tragedy is Michael Gove. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

This is awful. Absolutely awful. It also explains why Downing Street was desperately trying to flog the ‘foreign aid’ dead horse yesterday. Such blatant contempt for the British public was not confined to Cummings.

Like most people who worked on diaries/gossip columns, I love the idea of a simple anecdote conveying more about a person than a whole volume of biography. When Boris Johnson encounters a bully, he moves to protect the bully & insult her victims. Shame on every MP enabling him.

If elected politicians are mounting these defences of Priti Patel without having read the full report, it's a terrible dereliction of duty & close to corrupt. If they arrived at these conclusions *after* reading the full report then there's no reason for it not to be published.

Lebedev’s bizarre request to have a Russian designation in his title meant that Vladimir Putin had to give his *permission* to the College of Arms for the appointment to proceed. Might be worth having a little think about that...

There has been something almost artistic about the desperate attempts of most right-wing media to identify a bogus scapegoat for Johnson's Covid crisis when none of the usual suspects, from Meghan to Muslims to Brussels, work. They appear to have settled on the 'public sector'.

My favourite thing about foreign aid debates is the way that people who insist 'we should look after our own' have an actual embolism whenever someone else suggests that we should look after 'our own' low-paid workers, public sector staff, unemployed & even hungry schoolchildren.

Honest Bob Jenrick is on your radio and, no matter how bad everything seemed before, it just got worse.

Brexit Britain: We’re not very kind, we don’t understand much & we don’t like the way experts & evidence make us feel. But we’re bloody sure we’re better than Johnny Foreigner at pretty much everything and that’s the end of it.

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And there it is. Worst fears apparently confirmed. Every single time you told yourself it couldn’t all be down to the pound shop Machiavelli, that nobody could allow these life & death decisions to be taken on the fly, a little voice piped up to remind you who was Prime Minister.

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Brexit latest: Outrage as people who voted to abolish free movement discover that abolishing free movement means movement will no longer be free.

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There’s something rather significant about Boris Johnson speaking up for statues of dead white supremacists while Marcus Rashford speaks up for 1.3 million hungry British children of every creed & colour.

If the chairman of the Spectator@afneil ) really can’t get an interview with the ex-editor of the Spectator @BorisJohnson ), he could always ask the current deputy editor to have a word with her husband (Dominic Cummings). Barclay brothers permitting, of course. #bbcimpartiality 

My youngest has had my old phone for a couple of years. Just for games, which I download for her before disconnecting the internet. Still has my old contacts though & it turns out she’s been messaging my dad, who died 5 years ago. I may have something in my eye.

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Give this one an RT, eh lads? I don’t normally ask but it’s important because he’s still telling porkies all over the place & going largely unchallenged.

My favourite politicians are the ones who vote to close libraries but claim that statues of slavers are of immense educational importance.

Dropping bombs on a country but voting against allowing refugee children fleeing the conflict to come here. That’s got to be worse than running through a wheat field.

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