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Formerly Editor of the Financial Times, author of The Powerful and the Damned, my private diaries 2005-2020. Publication November 2020. Spurs fan

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Andrew: too little, but I suspect more important, too late. BBC current affairs will be diminished without your pre… https://t.co/ow93qTWb8RBillionaire Brexit-backer bails on Britain. https://t.co/CAOJ3r76vU
Retweeted by Lionel BarberQuote of the Week: Rishi Sunak’s “We have to live without fear”. Simple and vital message for the economy, our sen… https://t.co/dak5pIVqjB
9/25
2020
Everyday racism in Britain 2020 - a truly shocking story https://t.co/avn8EvBWCxOne reason Rishi Sunak was sparing with the cheque book today... .... £400bn deficit now looks perfectly plausible… https://t.co/rbT1BcAUxm
Retweeted by Lionel BarberA wonderful tribute to the editor’s editor Sir Harold Evans, a man of great courage who never met a writ he didn’t… https://t.co/s9z3QDA8YCMy tribute to Harry Evans, master craftsman, crusading editor, mentor. And thanks to Peter Wilby for his input… https://t.co/VtjqKi8iIrRIP Sir Harold “Harry” Evans, a brilliant, generous newspaperman and mentor, the finest editor of his generation.… https://t.co/5ecHgOdOVf
9/24
2020
There go the Cinque Ports (I always assumed they belonged to France) #kexitEye-popping fraud hiding in plain sight: Wirecard had assets of just €428m, an amount dwarfed by €3.2bn debt. Yet… https://t.co/aNi5TMk8rjFT Asia editor @JamilAnderlini: Beijing’s coercive commercial diplomacy has come to dominate its relations with sev… https://t.co/wtRkTB93oE
Retweeted by Lionel BarberMeanwhile in other non Covid news: That moment when people discover friction free movement is gone and lots more re… https://t.co/4VmK2sLKPS
9/23
2020
Boris Johnson: “Our country is a freedom loving country (compared to Johnny Foreigner)” - more nostalgic nationalis… https://t.co/m6MmTvlM15Six more months of restrictions and hint of military intervention in support of the police. Johnson applies shock… https://t.co/BSeY0dUyeGStay curious - it’s the most underrated quality in a good reporter https://t.co/fZ3FPqcDfqGove is a great sophist but he’s being tied in knots by Mishal Husain when asked to define “unnecessary social contact” #RuleOfSix
9/22
2020
Message to Theresa May: Whatever I have said, written or might write, all is forgiven #bothbarrelsAfter “social Siberia”, Perugia enters the British political lexicon, this time as a verb. To Perugia: to bear fa… https://t.co/7ir8krcyOwWe are guided by the science is the official explanation for absence of PM at today’s mega Covid briefing. Yes, but… https://t.co/RnoK9TCGNg"The Government has formally scrapped Theresa May’s plans for a British version of the GPS satellite navigation pro… https://t.co/PRSIPwYtBb
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9/21
2020
The Scots under Sturgeon’s SNP have been given a consistent message; the English under Johnson have been given a st… https://t.co/qIfGeEveiyIn latest Brexit irony, new research shows that the vast majority of growth in top incomes and taxes in the UK over… https://t.co/JBSHBL2mvF
Retweeted by Lionel BarberPlus 2. Apart from Cummings, the only person in authority who seems to be aware of UK Crown Jewels being hawked a… https://t.co/D6eZtf5XWKBoris Johnson described here as a “malfunctioning rustbucket” or an “exhausted hound panting pathetically for water… https://t.co/kspFiTC7w9
9/20
2020
All aspiring journalists should read this model Matthew Parris intro on Boris Johnson and watch how he manages a me… https://t.co/VPfWvpPAxbRIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a great jurist who became the liberal conscience of America #RIPRGB https://t.co/Pxx67EUxmG
9/19
2020
Wow https://t.co/fV26izX56eWonderful picture of power plays in action. My Caption: “Who’s running this -show, him or me? “ https://t.co/ip2IbQ5XGMI am thrilled to announce Stephanie Flanders is joining the Wincott Foundation board dedicated to fostering quality… https://t.co/pN4ScltHHOProfile in civic courage https://t.co/sfsQNLB2OV
9/18
2020
For the attention of Jacob Rees-Mogg https://t.co/RqOwEuqsrdFor all its considerable democratic achievements, post-war Germany is not a role model for Brexit Britain, especial… https://t.co/2UL5960Q7JMemo to Boris Johnson: The Irish lobby is more powerful in Washington (and Brussels) than the English lobby. UK gov… https://t.co/r37UgRzCbM
9/17
2020
Lord Keen does the honourable thing and resigns as Lord Advocate over the internal market bill. Note the icy “I hav… https://t.co/47uhuE8kmbLegal sophistry at its worst from the squirming Justice Secretary Buckland. No ifs and buts, the internal market b… https://t.co/RrAnoE0Qm2The question everyone is asking this morning in the UK, especially in Bury, Bolton and Rochdale https://t.co/c7AS10CZP3Is this for real? Fascinating deep dive into the Hartlepool company claiming a 20 second saliva test for Covid… https://t.co/9ZqowYaPpz
9/16
2020
By my reckoning, the Government has so far attempted in five ways to justify clauses 42 and 43 of the Internal Mark… https://t.co/qGxNPw0vKn
Retweeted by Lionel Barberdid anyone ask him whether distracting the head of NHS #testandtrace with a new mission to reorganise health quango… https://t.co/iVUlj2ZBZb
Retweeted by Lionel BarberThanks for the memories. Every word makes sense; every sentence has come true. MPs should read this Jonathan Powell… https://t.co/UeVZKm09d3Message to Home Secretary: mingling is surely not two families stopping for a chat in the street at a social distan… https://t.co/7UYaiz6yAdBritain’s high tech Crown Jewels - Arm Holdings - is about to sold off (again). This is a live case of national sec… https://t.co/xWdKVr6F7v
9/15
2020
Ed Miliband discovers a sabre-toothed tiger in his tank. Worth watching the savaging of a prime minister left speec… https://t.co/Xdv65XPhA0Intelligent and well-informed review of The Wake-Up Call in today's FT, https://t.co/G6B5VaQj5c
Retweeted by Lionel BarberSome members of the Cabinet are staying silent, believing they can exert more influence inside the government and t… https://t.co/REMZGSKnA4
9/14
2020
I look forward to a full explanation in Parliament starting with Liz Truss and then the PM https://t.co/0xv4JRD7i2English scripture humour in the age of Covid #Six https://t.co/t7JwF50kHX
9/13
2020
Even by his own low standards, Boris Johnson’s Telegraph article plumbs new depths of shoddiness and dishonesty (short thread) 1/
Retweeted by Lionel BarberAnd Theresa May, indeed https://t.co/8cIsKXHYQxBlair, Brown, Major, Howard, Lamont - all lined up against Boris Johnson’s “fantastic” internal market bill which… https://t.co/CtuYB0FNLxVintage column from @MarinaHyde on law-breaking, moonshots, moonshine and the trillion pound Tories https://t.co/WS2641S7M3Great question from a top Irish diplomat. Over to you @cafreeland https://t.co/cMbWe2WNKB
9/12
2020
The cost of the Johnson-Cummings “clean Brexit” is no US-UK free trade agreement because Congress won’t pass it; br… https://t.co/sy1vfZibVi"This idea that Britain could sign the withdrawal agreement with its fingers crossed behind its back and then just… https://t.co/dh90kmI2WH
Retweeted by Lionel BarberOxfordschnösel - Germans have the best compound nouns #BorisJohnson https://t.co/xsimSglQ7a
9/11
2020
What do Theresa May, John Major, the European Commission, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Howard, Norman Lamont and the head… https://t.co/LTnfMxGOqr
Retweeted by Lionel BarberHere is a thread on the legal advice the European Commission has circulated to member states following the publicat… https://t.co/bAVSVCmvdn
Retweeted by Lionel BarberOne minute it’s a moonshot, the next it’s no more Christmas. Government Messaging is all over the place https://t.co/Jxsu0X6PggWell worth reading: Stay at home. Stay alert. Eat out to help out. Go back to work. Don't mix with more than six pe… https://t.co/sIQCPXJ8Ro
9/10
2020
The last word at a low point in UK democracy from super-sharp @davidallengreen “It is legality not policy that push… https://t.co/Phkpwte7vGWATCH: Top judge in Northern Ireland speaks up against law-breaking British government. He says, in effect, that J… https://t.co/Je9z0S2A0tSignificant statement from von der Leyen on law breaking British government and importance of respecting treaties a… https://t.co/X3Z1bGVmkjNew government line as per Matt Hancock: we’re breaking international law to protect the peace process in Northern… https://t.co/eAXt64f98oGurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, the Turkmenistan President trying hard to become the world’s most ludicrous dictator.… https://t.co/1wdt1XkAt6
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9/9
2020
A lot in this FT story about the Jonathan Jones resignation, but this aside is on its own quite astonishing. https://t.co/W9oJhLiRja
Retweeted by Lionel BarberThe good news: British civil servants are resigning as a matter of principle compared to Trump’s senior appointees… https://t.co/clQqd8M9FK @MarinaHyde Apart from the unwarranted slur against Jaguar dealers in Guildford, this @MarinaHyde column captures G… https://t.co/k6dFRFqdU3I’m breaching the government’s Covid Guidelines in a very specific but limited way #true2typeBreaking: Head of UK government legal department quits over Brexit https://t.co/VqwfGMJLUs via @financialtimes
Retweeted by Lionel BarberBrexit never made sense, EU to tell PM - consequences were “foreseen” https://t.co/bShsnXMolb
9/8
2020
Government line that Brexit divorce problems were “unforeseen” is utter tosh. Anyone with half an understanding of… https://t.co/JuhyBmLTS6Compare and contrast this speedy statement with Harry Maguire’s “reticence”. Different circumstances and legal pit… https://t.co/Bf9WhMFU2K @benyt I enjoyed the column. Lots to ponder. Just my (old) editor’s itch to trim and shave, like a true Barber. On… https://t.co/TK5uKKWzJCThoughtful (if editable) essay on political journalism in the age of Trump and hyper-polarisation. Ps good line on… https://t.co/mWf8OshmZ8Huge story: Johnson prepared to walk back on withdrawal agreement. Northern Ireland protocol cited and primacy of U… https://t.co/kQw3N0LNu0
9/7
2020
NEW: 🚨🚨🚨🇬🇧🇪🇺🚨🚨🚨UK planning legislation to override key parts of #brexit withdrawal treaty and Northern Ireland prot… https://t.co/eJx2KdtuuV
Retweeted by Lionel BarberWe are applying a 15th century solution - quarantine - to a 21st century problem. World-class testing and high tech… https://t.co/aXjqo9IAncBe careful where you walk. Permafrost in one part of Siberia has been exploding in violent eruptions, leaving crate… https://t.co/oRPn5cLBvy
Retweeted by Lionel BarberICYMI: this is a great story about gaming the system via a dominant supplier: Amazon deletes 20,000 reviews after e… https://t.co/cpP8CYir5D
9/6
2020
Serbian President Vucic finds out he’s moving his country’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem. #RealTimeDiplomacy https://t.co/ndGm2TW1x5
Retweeted by Lionel BarberAnybody who thinks investigative journalism is dead should read the long feature in today’s @FT about how, despite… https://t.co/oKtxExCVZT
Retweeted by Lionel BarberSneak peek of my forthcoming book/ private diaries titled The Powerful and the Damned, with plaudits from Sir Haro… https://t.co/cFZaJF9BowFlotus v the Atlantic. My vote goes to the Atlantic whose multiple sourced story on Trump disparaging fallen US so… https://t.co/sSzSUbP2RG
9/5
2020
Midday London: the view from Southwark Bridge. We have a long way to go before fear is removed and confidence rest… https://t.co/2RcKt65tJcDanke!German criminal investigation against FT reporters for pursuing serious journalism finally dropped. Munich pr… https://t.co/xNbfRzaOlYThe AP has confirmed the accuracy of this extraordinary article. The White House has denied it. It could shatter pe… https://t.co/KgM1WaRWcb
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9/4
2020
Thank you @PickardJE but credit really goes to @FD and @murphyp for exposing a criminal enterprise. Wirecard tried… https://t.co/QvsiTOeG28Ps Message to Bafin and the German parliamentary inquiry into Wirecard: just read @FD account below because the who… https://t.co/HlhMRsLp0MThis piece on @FD bringing down Wirecard is brilliant. Though the FT might be the last place in British journalism… https://t.co/BVvyXbk9XK
Retweeted by Lionel BarberIncredible story, featuring black ops, electronic surveillance and and legal threats: how @FD exposed Wirecard as a… https://t.co/WdZK7MBPRx
9/3
2020
Alexei Navalny poisoned with nerve agent novichok https://t.co/cJfX9F26Mq via @financialtimes
Retweeted by Lionel BarberThis is worse than fake news. It is Soviet-era disinformation. Brazen, cynical and desperate https://t.co/l88qvylIyM
9/2
2020
Seconded, Tim. Exactly 40 years ago, I was in Warsaw, Krakow and Gdańsk with my brother Tony. Two cub reporters w… https://t.co/lRucMhxBkjWell worth reading: Goodbye to the ‘Pret economy’ https://t.co/J4GNpU5CxX via @financialtimes
9/1
2020
Delighted to see a serious German speaker fast-tracked to the top of the UK Civil Service #abergenau https://t.co/l4fjCSaHlaThis is one of the great political speeches, an impassioned defence of peaceful protest and a withering attack on e… https://t.co/YWwga1gGLqLord of the Rings in Belarus https://t.co/zfgWZ0422t
8/31
2020
Britain has a world-beating tech company called Arm: its destiny is vital for Britain’s future https://t.co/tDAfjeoFTP via @financialtimesHere is an article I wrote for today’s Sunday Times. Let’s refill our glasses and put this pain behind us https://t.co/rZXa6NPmQ6
Retweeted by Lionel BarberWell worth reading: the government has done a first-class job scaring people but if workers don't return to office,… https://t.co/SKoJmqoIxM
8/30
2020

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