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Morning all.

Muddling State and Government if you ask me...

https://twitter.com/Miss_Snuffy/status/ ... 4652178432

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It isn’t conservatism that creates chaos. It is the state.

The state cannot move with dynamism and speed.

If you lean right, you want a smaller state so committees don’t get in the way of efficiency as is now happening.

Times like this make me wonder why some love state power


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Has anyone heard anything about the finance sector with respect to the Brexit deal?

I suppose I’m waiting to find that miraculously the City will be able to continue trading normally, while the rest of us get thrown under the Brexit bus.


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Labour antisemitism: Why it has become impossible to criticise Israel

Depressing read from Chris Mullin about Israel.
Pity he felt the need to throw in his anti-Corbyn credentials.

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His remarkable success in the 2017 general election was achieved by promising everything to everybody and suggesting that someone else would pay for it - a formula which did not work so well in 2019. To govern is to compromise, to disappoint, to balance competing interests and decide between them. Corbyn has no experience in this. Had he by any chance stumbled into government, he would rapidly have proved a disappointment to his followers. That, not his views on Israel, is the main case against him.

That was what O'Donnell was for. :roll:


He should also remember that there were 2 choices in 2019, and Johnson is possibly the worst person in the world at balancing competing interests and deciding between them.
It would have been a much better piece without that, imo.

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PaulfromYorkshire wrote:
Has anyone heard anything about the finance sector with respect to the Brexit deal?

I suppose I’m waiting to find that miraculously the City will be able to continue trading normally, while the rest of us get thrown under the Brexit bus.

We'll find out how much of the City/Canary Wharf is wfh and how much has quietly decamped to the EU after the worst of the pandemic has unwound.

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That's not really my recollection of how 2017 went either, tbh.


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Yes, you could well ask what international investors and businesses make of a country where the Prime Minister's whim will decide the fate of the largest trading relationship, and potentially 2% or so of GDP. Not a lot I would suggest.


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AnatolyKasparov wrote:
That's not really my recollection of how 2017 went either, tbh.

Quite.

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There is maybe a better case for that being somewhat true of last year's offering, and why that didn't quite pass the "smell test" with some.


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Peter Hitchens seems to have dug himself into a hole over percentages and ratios...but carried on digging.

https://twitter.com/jdportes/status/1339914237293047810

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Not impressed...

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Oops.

And yes I know that Hannan's judgement is appalling but this is a beaut.

https://twitter.com/jdportes/status/1339947275984936960

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PaulfromYorkshire wrote:
Has anyone heard anything about the finance sector with respect to the Brexit deal?

I suppose I’m waiting to find that miraculously the City will be able to continue trading normally, while the rest of us get thrown under the Brexit bus.


I remember reading a bit about arrangements for the financial sector under May's WA which were going to be pretty reasonable but I have no idea if Boris' WA carried it over. As you say, there's been virtually nothing on how Boris' deal or no deal will affect the City of London.

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RogerOThornhill wrote:
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In the @educationgovuk webinar. No questions answered properly. 3 slides of basic info and told the rest of the guidance will come out. Never told when
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Not impressed...


Well, that's rather like them telling us to "get ready for December 31" re the EU - whilst saying literally nothing about HOW.


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Oh dear, East London Science School (Spiked's favourite school with tons of connected people involved) are in a spot of bother...

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... _Trust.pdf

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55. The trust has a number of connections with another charity “Battle of Ideas,”
including senior management links and a large single purchase transaction (£14,400)
from a linked company (Academy of Ideas Ltd).
The investigation team were unable to
locate any formal trust documents confirming the nature of the relationships. The trust
must ensure it produces a comprehensive policy covering relationships with key
connected entities and ensure this captures any individual connections, value for money
considerations and management of conflicts.

56. The invoice for £14,400 from Academy of Ideas Ltd was paid in advance on 20
September 2019 for an event in November but there was no evidence to show how the
connections, and potential conflict, were managed. In addition, there was no evidence to
show trust consideration regarding whether this transaction classed as a related party
transaction. This breaches the AFH requirements around managing conflicts.


Baroness Fox...

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And it gets better.

https://www.battleofideas.org.uk/speake ... -cuthbert/

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She currently teaches English part-time for an education charity, is a governor at an east London secondary school, and is a member of the Academy of Ideas Education Forum.


Not any more...she resigned in July.

Coincidence I'm sure.

And I've just found another...Rob harries, another AoI bod resigned in October.

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I have said it before, but a proper account of how the one time RCP have "marched through our institutions" is just waiting to be written.


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