James O'Brien

James O'Brien


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The best way to understand government announcements designed to stoke ‘culture war’ crapola is to remember that, without them, the news would be full of world-beating Covid death rates, unprecedented economic slumps & dawning Brexit reality - every single day.

The Secretary of State of Northern Ireland & the Prime Minister of the U.K. are yet to admit the existence of an Irish Sea border. Indeed, they continue to deny it. Meanwhile, Michael Gove is begging the EU to soften the Irish Sea border - and all of the ‘control’ is in Brussels.

UK can't close its border because it's an island 'unlike Australia', says Grant Shapps

I mostly encountered 'Woke' as daft & dishonest insult aimed chiefly at people who warned that Donald Trump was displaying distinctly fascistic features. Given how all that turned out, it's odd (and not a little worrying) that some people still think it's an insult.

Going to make my own baba ghanoush. The sooner this lockdown ends the better. It'll be homemade bloody hummus next.

What a happy coincidence that the government announces major NHS reform just as questions were being asked about the awarding of massive healthcare contracts to various cronies & donors!

It's taken me an embarrassingly long time to join these dots but massive, life-saving pandemic responses are Kryptonite to 'small government' shills & sociopaths who describe their selfishness as 'libertarianism'. Now look at where 'lockdown sceptics' stand on these issues.

Great point from a historian on @BBCr4today  whose name I missed. You can’t have a ‘free speech champion’ & at the same time tell museums & other institutions what history they can & can’t disseminate. (Unless, of course, you’re on a mission that has nothing to do with honesty.)

The justification for stripping Begum of her nationality was, I think, her parents being born foreign. This means that I, & most Brits, could never receive the same punishment but Sajid Javid & Priti Patel could. They support this situation, I think it's clearly wrong. How weird.

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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.

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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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 

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.

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.

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

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