James O'Brien

James O'Brien


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After obvious health impacts, the main benefit of our early vaccine success was going to be our early relaxation of rules & restrictions. That has been completely squandered because Johnson prioritised a face-saving trade deal with India over the welfare of the people he governs.

I may have got this wrong but it seems that Oliver Dowden is restarting the process to appoint the head of Ofcom because the independent people in charge of making the appointment were not going to appoint Paul Dacre.

At some point in the last few years, British political journalism shifted from examining whether senior members of the government had lied to wondering whether it would matter *this time* that they clearly had.

Who hasn’t trousered £200,000 without knowing - or asking - where it came from? Nothing to see here. Please move along.

It’s not the belief that voters can be palmed off with yachts & weddings, or flags & statues, or bread & circuses that’s most saddening. It’s not even the way client journalists serve it all up in a bulldog bow tie while running away from government lies. It’s the fact it works.

Imagine reading this a few years ago: Some racist England fans are booing England players before a ball has been kicked, media figures are queueing up to defend them & at least one Conservative MP is refusing to watch any England games in solidarity. It's a funny old game.

It's always worth mentioning that nobody sensible *wants* these things to happen, even as dishonest Brexit supporters are reduced to pretending it's some sort of vindication if they don't.

MP compares footballers taking knee to Nazi salute | Jewish News

If you routinely tell your readers/listeners/viewers that the BBC 'hates' Britain then you incite precisely the sort of behaviour inflicted on @nicholaswatt , one of the very best journalists I have ever had the privilege of working with. And you can stick your bogus 'solidarity'.

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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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The Mash Report, a comedy program critical of the government has been axed by the state broadcaster, reportedly for political reasons, and at the behest of a director general appointed by the government. Finally, a stone cold example of what 'cancel culture' looks like.

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

Why do you think he’s deleted this?

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I've read the Mail on Sunday 'story' twice so that you don't have to. Keir Starmer bought a field behind his parents' house in 1996 so his late mother could care for rescue donkeys. That's it. That's the story. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so emblematic of our broken media.

“Diagnostic tests which involve taking saliva and nasal samples from the same patient are being counted as two tests, not one.” Bet you’re not even shocked any more...

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