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Morning all.

Now, I know you all need cheering up so why not have a good laugh at Charles Moore.

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France's ban on UK transport came as surprise, says Grant Shapps


Anything bad is a surprise to these people. :wall:

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Fancy some Beatles?

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Warwick Mansell picked up about the links between the East London Science School, and Spiked/Academy of ideas and I've just seen this from a former teacher.

https://twitter.com/E2Teacher/status/12 ... 7526275072

Nasty stuff.

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Good on you for highlighting this stuff


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I am slightly baffled that, with everything that’s going on, Starmer seems to be persisting with his planned speech this morning on Scottish devolution.


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Anything bad is a surprise to these people. :wall:


Now being suggested that the government exaggerated the peril of this "new" virus strain to try and justify Johnson embarrassing himself over (not) "saving Christmas". If our being cut off from the continent (as so many Brexiteers, of course, have long desired) is a consequence of this, I don't think any mere words would suffice :evil:


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I'm out of it for a few days and look what happens


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Oddly, Daniele Oddness is introducing Keir Starmer (9,5).


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I don't know what's worse, having a terrifying new strain of the virus in the UK or having a govt that, by exaggerating the dangers for domestic political purposes, cut us off from the continent 5 days before Christmas.

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PaulfromYorkshire wrote:
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Good on you for highlighting this stuff


Schools Week have picked up on it too - about time people looked at the libertarian influence on this school and the potential harm it's doing the pupils.

I've long thought that the so-called Battle of Ideas was a con - guess who is the partner school for it?

https://www.battleofideas.org.uk/sessio ... education/

Shocked etc...and look who else is on that panel.

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With Xmas cancelled for many & all eyes on a new variant, we have an
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report out on the way govt has used science advice in the crisis. Ministers have faced v tough choices but we call on them to address confused decision making and muddled communication [thread]


https://twitter.com/tom_sasse/status/13 ... 5897683970

https://www.instituteforgovernment.org. ... isis_0.pdf

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Last point: It is telling that many of the problems we describe were identified in the inquiries into previous crises (BSE, foot and mouth, swine flu) but not acted upon. Easy to focus during crisis; harder in "peacetime". Need sustained attention to be better prepared next time

Sadly not very likely under this govt.

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PaulfromYorkshire wrote:
I am slightly baffled that, with everything that’s going on, Starmer seems to be persisting with his planned speech this morning on Scottish devolution.


Well, he is making a planned speech. That doesn't mean it all has to be on the planned topic ;)


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@AK yet it was!

I’m sorry, but I can’t think of a much worse moment to try and raise the spectre of Scottish separatism.

I mean right now wouldn’t you consider moving to Scotland if it ditched Westminster and rejoined the EU?

Not even that far for you ;-)


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Hell, we were actually part of Scotland once (even if nearly a millennium ago now)


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Does this mean Santa Claus isn't coming?!


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This is pretty funny - IT teacher turned right wing activist tries to argue colonial history with...a history teacher...and a very knowledgeable one at that....

https://twitter.com/mfordhamhistory/sta ... 9871659011

and left without an answer.

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At what point does Williamson think "Yeah, about time I went..."

DfE issues wrong guidance in leaflet to help explain mass testing, schools told

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/dfe-issues-wr ... ools-told/

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The government has published incorrect guidance in a leaflet aimed at helping schools explain to staff, pupils and parents how the mass testing programme will work, leaders have been told.

The Confederation of School Trusts (CST) wrote to its members today warning a Department for Education leaflet “contains errors and will be corrected today”.

The leaflet was published on Friday as part of guidance on how schools would administer asymptomatic testing from January, along with a template for letters to send parents and consent forms to carry out the tests.


Hopeless Minister. Hopeless Government.

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Nope.

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If Johnson's "be better by Easter" is anything like his "over by Christmas" I fear we're in for a bumpy start to 2021 :(

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Oops.

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Jurors in the Essex lorry deaths trial had to be issued a warning by the judge to ignore commentary from 'politicians and pundits' after Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted in the middle of the trial that the tragedy had been caused by 'ruthless criminals.'
2:38 PM · Dec 21, 2020·Twitter Web App


isn't one of those so-called British Values, respect for the law?

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BTW Anneliese Dodds is great for anagrams, including “dandelion seeds”.


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The difference in how much of the media treat her compared to Dishy Rishi is especially scandalous given their respective track records.


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AnatolyKasparov wrote:
The difference in how much of the media treat her compared to Dishy Rishi is especially scandalous given their respective track records.

He’s also not bad for anagrams, including “raisin husk” ;-)


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None of my anagrams have yet stuck as well as Sour Banyan, which HindleA rated very highly ;-)


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Have you done Oliver Dowden yet? I saw a good one on twitter, wondered if you'd come up with anything different.

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I can't have been the only one who gave a little cheer when Pipa Crerar layed into Johnson at his press conference earlier.

The look on his stupid face was priceless, like a petulant child being scolded.

I also loved the fact that Grant Shapps was 'surprised' that the French closed the border after his own leader had gone on telly and told everyone there was super virus spreading in the South East of England. Mind you Shapps probably gets surprised by his own feet.


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The tale of two attempts to book a Covid test online.

Me.

Filled everything in including my NHS number, lied that I had symptoms, clicked the button, it said they couldn't confirm my identity. Checked on a credit rating site and saw that TransUnion who the government outsourced ID checks to were claiming I'm not on the electoral roll. Total bollocks.

My Brother.

Did the same, but also clicked that he was a key worker (he's a teacher), again total fail. So he tried once more but this time clicked the button saying he'd been referred for a test by a doctor and it miraculously worked.

So for 12 billion quid the only way a teacher could book a covid test online was to lie.

Wonderful stuff.


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You know things are bad when you turn over to BBC2 to watch Newsnight, see that The Revenant is on instead and think 'Ah what a relief, this is much more cheerful'.


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"Virulent virus variant" is a gift to TV correspondents with a penchant for alliteration, isn't it? I wish they'd get to grips with the fact that the words "virus" and "vaccine" are not interchangeable, though. They keep making that mistake (which they never bother to correct), and it's annoying me.


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Nadhim Zahawi - what's he up to these days? Last I heard, he'd got a new job.


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Nadhim Zahawi - what's he up to these days? Last I heard, he'd got a new job.

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Ah, yes - I think that you have to be unelected to achieve Czardom.


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Nadhim Zahawi - what's he up to these days? Last I heard, he'd got a new job.


Regardless of Nahdim's latest make-work job of jabbing us all in the arm, his real work is and always shall be to appear on TV with veins visibly throbbing on his head and beads of sweat forming as he defends whatever crazy shit he's been sent out to justify.

He's brilliant at it. I might not like the fellow but credit where it's due. He does his job very well.

The fact that this regularly makes him look like a total buffoon with no scruples whatsoever doesn't seem to bother him at all.


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He doesn't like girls laughing at him
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"What bitter irony, what perfect symbolism, for Europe to slam its gates shut to us days before Britain was due anyway to self-isolate permanently with Brexit. As country after country bans British travellers for fear of the new Covid variant, the UK, high in deaths and economic damage, is world-beating only as Typhoid Mary."
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Only one girl laughed at me when I asked her out, and it wasn't a nasy laugh, more apologetic.

She's still in my dreams, 30 years later.


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