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"Power without a right." Boris Johnson's government is assuming unprecedented powers to create new laws without parliamentary scrutiny - and we should all be worried, writes Ann Higgins in the new edition of West Country Bylines. https://westcountrybylines.co.uk/power-without-a-right/
When I started worrying on air that Brexit could end up breaking everything we value - after listening to people who'd voted for things that would never happen but couldn't admit it - I had no inkling of just how deep into our country the rot would would reach. It's not over yet.
I retweeted this y’day but retweeting it again today. The peerage list is an inflection point. The old rules are dead. Decency, shame, accountability. We the press, public & parliament need to take serious stock. This is a Trumpian moment. Johnson has changed politics. So must we
This is a brilliant and informative thread, please take the time to read it.
Needs wrestling from Croydon Fairfield Hall on beforehand.
We’re a banana republic. Without the republic. Or the bananas.
Incomes of poorest households are the same as they were in the early years of this century - none of us have anything to boast about on the poverty front https://twitter.com/PickardJE/status/1288781748227186689
Dominic Raab said people can't be ‘penalised’ by employers if they have to quarantine after being abroad. This is not correct. Employers may take action against workers, including deducting pay, or treating their self-isolation as unauthorised absence. https://fullfact.org/health/coronavirus-quarantine-penalise-employees/
If you saw the BBC documentary yesterday, you might be interested to know that Murdoch is as close to @UK Prime Minister today as ever. 3 meetings with the Govt in Johnson’s first 6 months PM. One of them with @Boris Johnson 72hrs after the GE. Join us. https://hackinginquiry.org/join-hacked-off/
Since the Tories came into power in 2010, the national debt has doubled. It now stands at more than £2 trillion. They have increased the national debt more than every Labour Government combined. My @Byline Times article on the national debt myth. https://bylinetimes.com/2020/02/11/the-doubling-of-the-national-debt-the-conservatives-have-spent-al...
The #RussiaReport was more damning of Boris Johnson & his Gov’t than anyone imagined. They have turned a blind eye to Russian interference & put our national security & democratic processes at risk. Johnson has arrogantly brushed it aside & told us to #MoveOn. RT if you won’t be
Boris Johnson tells voters “There’s absolutely no evidence I’ve ever seen of any Russian interference in UK democratic processes” We now know the truth twisting charlatan had actively not looked for any! RT if you think public should know #RussiaReport
Good detail about Moscow on Thames ? Lots of laundered roubles going into Tory coffers . Surely against the spirit ( letter?) of foreign cash rules ? Where is Lord Nolan’s standards committee ? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/25/moscow-on-thames-russia-billionaires-soviet-donors-c...
A Tory minister is reported to have received £25,000 from the wife of the Russian President’s former deputy finance minister, and £23,000 from the chief of a Russian arms company. He says the ‘donations’ are out of admiration! Is he having a laugh? https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/donations-russia-conservative-party_uk_5f194208c5b6128e6821071b