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Your daily reminder that the Tories and their press are lying to you
at 22:59 9 Dec 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/dec/09/ipso-rebukes-mail-on-sunday-over-l

Interesting bit in there about a former military intelligence officer being involved in spreading malicious smears. Sounds familiar.
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AJ V Ruiz II
at 21:14 7 Dec 2019

Anyone watching? Thought AJ looked nervous during the ring walk but hard to read too much into that. Stylistically, Ruiz is a bad match up for him, really tough one to call.
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Johnson is lying to you #1557655799549
at 11:10 6 Dec 2019

This time his lies about no border in the Irish Sea and no checks on goods moving between NI and GB have been exposed by a leaked Treasury document. The impact on businesses in NI is likely to be significant and this also clearly crosses one of the red lines that had been laid down by the UK side in negotiations.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/dec/06/general-election-boris-joh
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Inequality in the UK
at 20:48 3 Dec 2019

Pretty shocking figures, the wealthiest six people in the UK control as much wealth as the poorest 20% - around 13m people. Six people having as much wealth as 13m people combined. It's not really trickling down much, is it?

https://amp.theguardian.com/news/2019/dec/03/uk-six-richest-people-control-as-mu
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BBC bias (again)
at 13:16 3 Dec 2019

On the 1 o'clock news just now they broadcast a clip of Boris Johnson saying that Jeremy Corbyn wants to disband NATO. They did not challenge this claim, they simply broadcast it.

Here is the clip on their website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/election-2019-50643229/boris-johnson-claims-jeremy

Now, it's clear from the text on that clip that they know Johnson's claim to be false. Labour's manifesto has a commitment to NATO in it. How can they then in good faith broadcast Johnson making such a claim on TV with no rebuttal? People watching the news have just been told a clear lie about Labour's position on NATO by the PM and it's been allowed to stand unchallenged. That is not responsible broadcasting.
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Who votes for these arseholes?
at 14:40 29 Nov 2019

Apologies if already posted but this is pretty shocking right the way through: https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/28/revealed-tory-candidates-issued

They are deliberately spreading lies at every level. So much of what they're encouraging candidates to use has been debunked, is out of date, is being hugely distorted, or a combination of all three. There's no integrity there at all.

At the end it reveals their value base when they say candidates can't make any pledges regarding privatising the NHS but can make pledges on supporting shooting. How can people see this as the future they want for our country?
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The apple never falls far from the tree....
at 11:05 29 Nov 2019

Just saw this on the BBC:

"Stanley Johnson - the father of Boris Johnson - appeared on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme this morning.

Asked about a viewer's tweet calling his son "Pinocchio", Stanley Johnson replies: "Pinocchio, that requires a degree of literacy which I think the great British public doesn't necessarily have."

The presenter asks what he means by that.

"I don't want to get into that... they couldn't spell Pinocchio if they tried," says Mr Johnson.

"Well can you spell Pinocchio?" he adds.

"I think it is utterly absurd and wrong that you can read out on air a tweet coming in from one of your readers on air which calls the prime minister a liar... I think it's amazing you can do that.""

Quite a bit to unpick there. The general contempt for the British public and their level of intelligence stands out. The affronted response when asked to clarify what he means. Then, and this is the troubling bit, the suggestion that a broadcaster shouldn't express a widely held public opinion - backed up by copious evidence - that the PM is a liar. What a tw@t, just like his oldest boy.
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Tories and no deal Brexit
at 18:03 28 Nov 2019



This is very interesting. In the event of a no deal Brexit the Tories would have to borrow a fair bit more than Labour to fulfil their manifesto. Bear in mind they are pledging pretty modest spending and that leaving with no deal is not unlikely given the tight timescale for agreeing a trade agreement and you have to wonder what the benefits of voting for this Tory party are.
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Boris Johnson is a racist #654325
at 09:44 28 Nov 2019

https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/28/johnson-accused-of-racial-stere
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The ref
at 21:49 26 Nov 2019

My word. Never seen anything quite like it.
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Conservative manifesto
at 19:18 24 Nov 2019

Looks to be less a manifesto and more a couple of slogans endlessly repeated. It's shockingly lacking in detail and substance and offers no real vision for the country.
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Positives from tonight?
at 21:56 23 Oct 2019

I thought Huws looked alright and got a good 60 minutes into his legs.

We didn't get the absolute thrashing our performance deserved.

I think that's everything.
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Brexit today
at 08:34 21 Oct 2019

What do we think will happen today then chaps? The government are going to try to pretend Saturday didn't happen and push for another vote. My money is on this not being allowed by the speaker as you can't bring the same motion back twice in the same parliamentary session. Not sure what then happens next but most commentators are saying that if the government start moving the bill it's going to get amended to death.
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Garth Crooks' punditry
at 17:06 19 Oct 2019

This is quite something in terms of seeming to disagree with yourself:

"Sean Dyche is furious but it looks like is it is a push. You can see that Jonny Evans says straight away that he was pushed in the back. If he was not pushed, he would have cleared it. That's what VAR is for but for me that is a goal. I feel like that they have interpreted it wrong. I think Sean Dyche has every right to be furious."

The shortened version is that there was a foul leading up to the goal but it should have stood anyway. I'm not quite sure how he gets there.
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Johnson's cunning Brexit plan
at 07:18 1 Oct 2019

Seems to be going down well: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-49887116

It's depressing the extent to which we've ceased to be a serious, grown up country.
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Fun fact
at 16:20 28 Sep 2019

The Tranmere goalie has contributed to as many Town goals this season as Alan Judge. Almost twice as many if not for the linesman just now.
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Johnson and Cummings
at 09:42 27 Sep 2019

They seem troublingly comfortable with the idea that stoking public anger is justifiable and, indeed, with using the public's anger to try to intimidate MPs into supporting Brexit at any cost. These are dark times. Meanwhile, having behaved unlawfully once, they are openly plotting to ignore another act of Parliament so as not to ask for an extension from the EU. Have any of you sleepwalkers woken up yet?
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Your daily reminder that this government is full of shameless liars
at 11:59 26 Sep 2019

This time courtesy of Mr Gove: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49833221

I know some on here are fans of his, but he's really showing himself up of late even by his standards. Bare-faced dishonesty left, right and centre.
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We are beyond satire #265884
at 18:19 17 Sep 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/17/eu-given-brexit-draft-with-back

What kind of negotiating strategy are the government trying to pull off here exactly? Bunch of clowns. They're making us a laughing stock.
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This RNLI business
at 09:01 17 Sep 2019

It really is highlighting the narrow-minded parochial worldview of a worryingly large number of Brits. Imagine getting up in arms because 2% of their budget is spent on international causes. I doubt many of the angry white people on social media even donated to them anyway, their charity begins at home ethos is usually pretty literal. Our society is horribly divided and sadly it seems to be the inward-looking, mean-spirited bunch that are winning the culture war.
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