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James Ball @jamesrbuk London (he/him)

Global Editor @TBIJ. Columnist @TheNewEuropean. Other stuff. Personal account. Latest book: THE SYSTEM (UK), The Tangled Web We Weave (US, out 10/6). 🏳️‍🌈

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This is, in its way, malevolent genius. https://t.co/GelSFS6Ed4They seem to be harmonising and yet *still not anything I can identify*. And yet too loud for sleep.They’re still going. I still can’t make out a song I’ve ever heard. @phil_tinline @saramegan I don’t *think* so but I can make myself hear it now you’ve said it...US officials are “highly motivated” to complete the talks, the person said, and added that the lack of a new, speci… https://t.co/PWr8KMlWOY
Retweeted by James Ball @saramegan And yet not quite familiar enough, right?Not my greatest bit of recording but if anyone can identify a known song from this I would be absolutely fascinated… https://t.co/O6YfYJGzz3 @Paul_M_Craig (In the sense of they seem fun and let’s sort that, not jumping in to complain) @Paul_M_Craig I think we have a shared garden that backs onto each other. I’ll check this when it’s summer and safe.My neighbours are still going very strong at karaoke and I really wish the acoustics between our flat were either:… https://t.co/Z4CkKu1pOE @cwarzel @jaketapper Yes but you have to learn somehow🚨ICE issued a subpoena demanding @BuzzFeedNews ID its sources — an extraordinary attempt by the govt to interfere w… https://t.co/QH0fSU9R1D
Retweeted by James Ball“@BuzzFeedNews emphatically rejects any requests for information about possible sources and methods of our reportin… https://t.co/LzcbUCTk5R
Retweeted by James Ball @twlldun @ me next time okay @tara_mulholland I defer to your experience as a spontaneous person caught on that app, of course @tara_mulholland How many takes must that have taken? @CorinneGressang Is there a trust framing here: “other parents don’t trust their kid so get the elf to help them wa… https://t.co/23BK8fUcMnWe're suffering from an increasingly acute case of willful automation bias, and the most vulnerable are bearing the… https://t.co/rhHHNVS2Rq
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12/5
2020
@AdamBarnett13 Quite a lot. Still slightly staggering they’ve askedWell, this is certainly on-the-nose. https://t.co/iSqfwUNiOqAn exercise in cowardice from all the studios and streamers that wouldn’t touch this. Not even Amazon. Khashoggi w… https://t.co/bYHXJ3zKbS
Retweeted by James BallGroundhog negotiations https://t.co/Jxg58z5kGP @ddebernardy @JordanWildon Also: very, very few major investigations have come from blogs or tiny fan-backed outlet… https://t.co/yibaTGdohu @ddebernardy @JordanWildon A dedicated audience does the opposite of giving you editorial freedom. There is a story… https://t.co/bmakl9iru9 @JordanWildon Today in “tweets guaranteed to look weird out of context” @JordanWildon Replace the word “sex” with “journalism” https://t.co/FhkgKztuta @JordanWildon brb, shuddering in sheer horror for a few weeks. (I actually like patreon! It has its place! It would… https://t.co/82rmWilYpJ @garyvaughn Here's a selection: https://t.co/7oNauZvQ6GVery excitingly, “The Tangled Web We Weave” has been longlisted for the Porchlight Business Books of the Year 2020… https://t.co/7duUTZAm5BThink it’s unreasonable to expect Waitrose, M&S and Co-op to do the same as the big four on this – all of them are… https://t.co/PGguR8Hr2ANothing, because that’s not earth. https://t.co/fM4UbTCIou @mrjamesob Exactly. It’s a very strange form of revisionist I-told-you-so that only really shows some people still very much miss the point. @edmorrish And soft Brexit doesn’t do that @agnesfrim Instead, they sign up all their friends as an early Xmas gift.So the offer to Leavers is essentially “you won a referendum, please take this version of Brexit that delivers none… https://t.co/fJZOnlw0wEThis falls into another terrible Remainer blindspot: soft Brexit was never really a compromise. Soft Brexit felt l… https://t.co/EpJoepQzZxThe vaccine contains no human-derived cells. Cells used in its development were grown artificially as clones of cel… https://t.co/9W38xQigiF
Retweeted by James BallThe Catholic church has moved to assure worshippers that it is not a "sin" to take the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, add… https://t.co/uZ3P653Fb7
Retweeted by James BallBeware! listening to this episode on your phone: is it exposing you to 5G!? it could make you ill, control your min… https://t.co/m9lQOtGvKR
Retweeted by James BallYou’d think the worst bit is that people are having to point out every day is another 9/11, but the twist seems to… https://t.co/6hrMWyZ9LlAnd yet https://t.co/wADS8hvXr7
12/4
2020
@rossatkin That seems rather shortsighted regarding the EU. Who I suspect are *far* more likely to act in an existential way than the US.This is a genuinely clever campaign idea. Well done whoever at the Mirror thought of it. https://t.co/QNUJW8QCZAThe UK kept briefing British papers that a better deal / progress could be made by bypassing Barnier etc to go to c… https://t.co/LBn9favoCgThe rest of the world would quite like Facebook to remember that collectively we are a much bigger market than the… https://t.co/mlTLP0wdjMThis is a great way to signal to around 190 countries that US elections are the only one Facebook thinks are import… https://t.co/luvZSNRlvM @jamesrbuk and @MitchellBaker are two of my favourite speakers that I get to work with at our events. Today at… https://t.co/T9KUkyHeAr
Retweeted by James BallLet’s just check in on that levelling-up agenda shall we? https://t.co/0SCJ7kLj5ZAlso, absolute lol https://t.co/BATgLh4I9Z
Retweeted by James BallThis should also make sobering reading for those who think Patel’s constant drumbeat on immigration is winning or k… https://t.co/IMnGMMhZaYSome of us did keep saying at the time Number 10 was drastically misreading its “red wall” voters wouldn’t care abo… https://t.co/8cha9dvkNV👀 https://t.co/Zhz75NhNPi @felixsalmon A teenager being helpful really would be a news storyHuh. Turns out I joined Facebook 15 years ago today. The social internet’s getting *old*. @chrismsutcliffe Got a link to the full piece? @duncanrobinson “Sport”Part of why discussions about government surveillance must necessarily include surveillance done by private compani… https://t.co/AamFfiuTpp
Retweeted by James Ball @adebradley @henrymance Although mode is weirdly interesting on this, if not especially useful"The final days of the EU trade talks mirror the UK’s fraught relationship to it throughout, always trying to balan… https://t.co/ucLALHLNEEThis is well-intentioned but I fear will look over-eager to the point of arousing suspicion. Could easily see it ba… https://t.co/lAT6dzClBYThis morning my American colleagues were understandably baffled at the fact Brexit is still not sorted. I tried to… https://t.co/JRO0JB7aAL
Retweeted by James BallIf the fisheries sector got 50 times bigger overnight, it would still only represent 1/1000th of the UK economy. S… https://t.co/QAmJzTVZF1 @adebradley @Jamie_D_T Badger watching was the second incident on a motorway embankment @Jamie_D_T @adebradley WOAH4 hidden gem talks today: At 16.00 @zeithistoriker will fix capitalism. Then at 16.20 @jamesrbuk and @MitchellBakerhttps://t.co/h7qf97LSEq
Retweeted by James Ball @AndrejNkv oh no my vaccines @JordanWildon How many of these are you responsible forAnother glowing review for Post-Truth. If we do another UK edition @BitebackPub let’s use this as a blurb? https://t.co/vCUP5exlQa @keefstuart Such a nice illustration, right? @dansinker Yeah I really love it!Exciting delivery today – my author copies of the Korean edition of Post-Truth 🎉 https://t.co/oDkuPa4wZ4Okay, I'm researching a thing. Your favourite ridiculous boundaries from around the world. Go
Retweeted by James BallGo on. You know you want to.... https://t.co/uI7sxQiC0r
Retweeted by James Ball*** NEW INVESTIGATION: A MONEY PIPELINE *** He's a billionaire. Son-in-law of a Kazakh dictator. Director of Gazpr… https://t.co/crVcHoIc0s
Retweeted by James Ball @HannahPrice___ Good grief @charlottejee Yep, hence my “pettiness” point also. An MEL came out and had a sideswipe at the regulatory decision… https://t.co/jspVptk6VU @charlottejee “EMA refuses to explain why it will take a month longer than UK regulator” @charlottejee I suspect there is a large dose of pettiness mixed in here. But also what else could they say, once t… https://t.co/5FyeYFW0ec“If the government suddenly tries to make vaccines a condition of public life, that plays into every conspiracy the… https://t.co/uizXeh4nT0On immunity passports, civil liberties, and the potential rise of the biosecurity state. https://t.co/AWVocPpfOHWe’ve got a government so addicted to culture warring they seem to be trying to start one over a bloody vaccine. Wh… https://t.co/inNsbkE4Py
12/3
2020
“It’s an asset for a newspaper to have openly gay journalists in the same way that having African Americans or Hisp… https://t.co/ACF2jE9DSd
Retweeted by James Ball @PeteM 100% proud.This…might not be a good election tactic in the face of potentially narrow run-off elections. https://t.co/WuZjFYPHr5Worth reading to get a sense of what lobby briefings are like 👇🏻 and as Paul notes it will be interesting to see wh… https://t.co/Rhkteuj1IR
Retweeted by James Ballhi friends! we're hiring on my team at @BuzzFeedNews. Come apply to be lead editor of one of the coolest teams in t… https://t.co/mzrOoJAgUT
Retweeted by James BallThe cat’s new favoured sleeping position is pretending to be a rug. https://t.co/fnAbo72Xjm @TomDavidson09 Yus. Park, garden or over a substantial meal? @TomDavidson09 https://t.co/qVY4KHsXAL @TomDavidson09 I thought I muted you @TomDavidson09 How are you getting the first two given you can only order them as you order your food @stephenkb Yes, but they were never going to have the mechanism to sue the manufacturer. That indemnity has been wi… https://t.co/hus0OQVKUr @stephenkb It may have a very slight impact on the former. But it does create a clear compensation mechanism despit… https://t.co/3olCrmQW8sThis seems a good move. https://t.co/ffREuIc0hgNew: the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has told EU ambassadors that if the UK Finance Bill, expected next we… https://t.co/GkvH0vTbAm
Retweeted by James Ball“There’s a possibility that the pandemic off-ramp doesn’t merge with a straight road back to Normalville, but inste… https://t.co/lrpZdrybJg @samgroots I, for one, deeply love my corporate monolith ecosystem. (Ah. Maybe that's the problem.) @yngvlgrn @elle_hunt @jjaron But yeah, almost everyone does need to be vaccinated. It's just we can start to open u… https://t.co/PsYCJJDMWG @yngvlgrn @elle_hunt @jjaron I roughly agree here btw – I think tier one by March/April, and then gradual return fr… https://t.co/At7uAf0IUKFar, far too happy with this splash headline. https://t.co/Atx2RBLDLy
12/2
2020

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