James O'Brien

James O'Brien


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

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After a lifetime of studiously avoiding forced neighbourhood jollity, I'm not necessarily going to start organising street parties. But, my goodness, #clapforourcarers  last night was a thing of absolute beauty. Can't believe how needed it felt.

EU joint procurement - UK's delayed participation undermines the NHS and risks lives - UK in a changing Europe

There’s been a concerted assault on empathy in this country over the last few years. From dubbing it ‘virtue signalling’ to claiming that concern for refugees is bogus unless you had half a dozen in your spare room, those responsible are hopefully reflecting on their callousness.

Wait until he finds out what’s happening to our freedom of movement next year...

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Anyways, I’m off Twitter until Monday morning now & suggest you do the same. Stay safe, be kind & if things do get on top of you, try to empty your head & then focus on issues over which you can exercise some control. Fretting about things we have no power over is so draining. x

Harry & Meghan haven't asked me to pay for their security either. Do I have to announce that I won't be doing so?

It's the end of days. This from yesterday's Mail: Try award-winning presenter and bestselling author James O’Brien’s one-on-one conversations with names such as Ricky Gervais, David Cameron, Prue Leith, Sharon Horgan, Tony Blair and Paloma Faith. More than 40 are available.

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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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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.

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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A digital only subscription to the newspaper reporting that the government is planing to abolish the licence fee is, at £312, more than double the annual cost of the licence fee. That's one newspaper for £312-a-year versus *everything* the BBC provides for £154.50. Get it yet?

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.

It took about *six hours* for the PM's official spokesperson to shift from claiming that they're not cooperating with the EU to procure ventilators "Because we're not in the EU" to claiming that it's because they didn't get the email inviting us to join. Britain deserves better.

I see we’re already at the bit where we’re being urged to ‘come together’ by the people who lied & cheated to tear us apart in the first place - and who still can’t describe a single measurable improvement to our lives. It would be funny if it wasn’t so crass.

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