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Exiled Boltonian. Ex academic. Member of Hezza’s Barmy Army (©The Sun). 20 years failing to rebalance the economy. Used to win the odd bike race. Music fan.

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@Gilesyb @billwells_1 @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @ChrisGiles_ @DMcWilliams_UK @FT Interesting. Looking back we… https://t.co/ZjlsqMmHf4 @pennyb Yep, none of this was a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. Unfortunately that appears not to… https://t.co/y7KVAVsOJX @Bob__Hudson And assuming that people understand what the rules are. In contrast the Welsh Government announces thi… https://t.co/eFrmEVCnwfWhat I'm worried about is the really big stick which must be around the corner https://t.co/gxPfWXyG9f
Retweeted by David Higham @billwells_1 @Gilesyb @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @ChrisGiles_ @DMcWilliams_UK @FT This chart from Brittan (who… https://t.co/Oepr9lq7qj @ukcivilservant @colinrtalbot @SalterRj @thedalstonyears I don't recall being taught English grammar when I was at… https://t.co/ScC7UE4lKIAnd there was I thinking "bonk" meant low blood sugar levels when cycling. https://t.co/lsKJPT5E3A @Bob__Hudson @colinrtalbot Must have tested well in focus groups since they keep using it. Gove on PM: back in Ma… https://t.co/VrbhWQbCnU @wpetre44 @willbott4 @TonyYates Well spotted. Should be this one @t0nyyatesGreat stuff from @tonyyates https://t.co/qJIAKHWKrV
Retweeted by David Higham @pjh_grumpy 5 D Chess. @oldcobbler Indeed but I would bet a considerable sum of money that people will still celebrate getting married (an… https://t.co/e78d2FwmAQNow that's quite some take. https://t.co/XAucpLIWQxWedding events is a sector that is only unviable because of the pandemic. Does Johnson seriously believe it’s unvia… https://t.co/pt9fpwThv5 @janegalsworthy @Gilesyb @adamjlent The other thing Wilson said was “it was a remarkable achievement in three years… https://t.co/d6kA923y1gLabour really upping its game on social media. https://t.co/XY7rDSDpsJWe needed a leader who might navigate difficult covid choices with intellectual rigour and honesty. We got Boris… https://t.co/WFoJlU6jNf
Retweeted by David HighamInteresting piece by @katyballs today. As I wrote here for the @guardian, Tory MPs who think a culture war is the w… https://t.co/XeRyiO0fl3
Retweeted by David Higham @UKPlanningBlog @fslconsult And you don’t even need to reform the planning system to do that.....👍 there’s no rocket science here...let Councils build houses and stop selling them off. https://t.co/ATwHnY1cvG
Retweeted by David Higham @patrickjbutler Correct but this isn’t just about local political control but also about increasing Whitehall contr… https://t.co/afT8CY12loHaldane apparently not seeing the importance of the link between effective measures to manage the pandemic and the… https://t.co/ZNST7zQ3Vr @george_yarrow @Gilesyb @DMcWilliams_UK @RichardALJones @ChrisGiles_ @FT I’d forgotten about this https://t.co/csL3yrXTfi @MarkSandford3 And you don’t need to reorganise local government for devolution.White paper on devolution delayed to New Year says FT https://t.co/ky9jI3WWkt This account suggests again that Govt… https://t.co/S36uHje1ym
Retweeted by David Higham @Gilesyb @DMcWilliams_UK @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @ChrisGiles_ @FT Here’s my all time favourite quote from Si… https://t.co/eBUVTLDjxb @george_yarrow @DMcWilliams_UK @Gilesyb @RichardALJones @ChrisGiles_ @FT Reminded of this comment by Brittan on the… https://t.co/AGnLdyPEyR @adamjlent @janegalsworthy @Gilesyb @lgcplus Look forward to it. After all it's only 51 years since Wilson made thi… https://t.co/NU5AzXL2mH @Gilesyb @DMcWilliams_UK @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @ChrisGiles_ @FT Agreed. Apart from Brittan, Dow is seminal… https://t.co/ShlYNS7a0U @Gilesyb @adamjlent Here’s the article https://t.co/2qR7AJSVM3 Johnson’s approach is remarkably similar to Hezza in… https://t.co/52Gg6OViOO @Gilesyb @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @ChrisGiles_ @DMcWilliams_UK @FT One of the most thumbed volumes in my coll… https://t.co/tVjcQrONYD @oldtrotter @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @ChrisGiles_ @DMcWilliams_UK @FT It's a perpetual irony that the golden… https://t.co/PsO1KMbnwv
Retweeted by David Higham @Gilesyb But it was never really devolution anyway, just a continuation of bilateral deals negotiated with Whitehal… https://t.co/cdqfZ5SpP4 @ProfGSheffield Nor was I in the 60s. All I ever picked up was from a couple of years Latin and, particularly, O level German.Me, on claims that coronavirus has become less deadly since the first wave https://t.co/6spCpZhHMy with thanks to @bealelab @AdamJKucharski
Retweeted by David Higham @ACarpenDigital Plus a government reportedly keen on using science spending as a tool of levelling up *probably* wouldn’t be doing this. @RegenerationEX No mask, little social distancing. He’s a disaster for public health messaging. Unfortunately I sus… https://t.co/NbyE1g4hVB @Noble70Andrew @nmcinroy Giving away trade secrets there, Neil. No consultant was ever successful telling clients w… https://t.co/iLyHLZVq3l @alanbeattie @Sime0nStylites And whereas that service shock, although big, is likely to be temporary, that trade sh… https://t.co/AKxfd5FECxAlok Sharma has said asking Boris Johnson to know the regulations in the North East was "one of those 'gotcha' ques… https://t.co/5xdy8lOmUZ
Retweeted by David Higham @SmithTonyD The new Welsh rules show how it can be done. Announced a couple of days in advance, the legislation put… https://t.co/cbzWKjtd8MAsked why the PM got the new North East covid restrictions plain wrong, @AlokSharma_RDG tells @BBCr4today "There's… https://t.co/187DoSVVCb
Retweeted by David HighamFrom today’s ⁦@FT⁩ report on the Devolution WP being delayed. Just the usual reminder that “new funding and powers”… https://t.co/ydItZweIXkJust one thing with the reshoring and relocating of supply chains you read about: it's not actually happening. Busi… https://t.co/W8wCtSrDQs
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9/30
2020
@KevinPMeagher This Government is all tactics and no strategy. @andy_hulme Johnson can’t remember them so why should the rest of us be expected to. Public health messaging that i… https://t.co/i993uDNMSESeen a few journalists now on here excusing Boris Johnson for not knowing the lockdown rules, bc it’s ever-such-har… https://t.co/OKQ0JazP6B
Retweeted by David Higham @pollymackenzie No way, this isn’t the briefing, it’s the policy, and one that millions of us have lived under a ve… https://t.co/KERTdRNqAI
Retweeted by David Higham @jillongovt @DavidHenigUK Not just a lawyer but a "metropolitan. elitist, remainer, activist lawyer." @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @Gilesyb @ChrisGiles_ @DMcWilliams_UK @FT Third, planning was not just a Labour idea… https://t.co/RLbZhkqoSw @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @Gilesyb @ChrisGiles_ @DMcWilliams_UK @FT Second, many of the policies associated wi… https://t.co/4TIzaNfOtJ @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @Gilesyb @ChrisGiles_ @DMcWilliams_UK @FT One of the things often forgotten about th… https://t.co/R4uq0owYTZ @george_yarrow @RichardALJones @Gilesyb @ChrisGiles_ @DMcWilliams_UK @FT Pretty much my recollection as well. I rem… https://t.co/hIPlOa8iwg @Bob__Hudson It’s a continuing source of amazement to me that people appear to believe that Johnson is interested i… https://t.co/nSuc50k0Ga @Gilesyb @DMcWilliams_UK @FT His diaries are a great read.When local parish magazines carry pieces like this you realise that government communications have been a shambles https://t.co/31UeKaOeLYLovely day for a ride in the Moorlands https://t.co/sduOKpKX1f @DMcWilliams_UK @FT Absolutely. Wilson’s problems 64-67 were the result of his unwillingness to recognise the incom… https://t.co/pCz0zqf2BP @DMcWilliams_UK @FT The very same. The parallels with Wilson are striking: not just science but reorganising Whiteh… https://t.co/JL6pYYqIBIAs @FT reports a new industrial strategy based around science and technology, this is what Wilson said in his '63 s… https://t.co/2fpjJOxddE
9/29
2020
@SmithTonyD Consistently rated one of the most high risk activities so you would think that it’s the first thing yo… https://t.co/NlZ6S3tEut"we will work with partners to better understand the needs and barriers faced by local government in utilising data… https://t.co/fNcBDmYY6I
Retweeted by David Higham @thescottreid @pennyb This is quite good https://t.co/onUFoENSQL @brucemcd23 Government by word soup.Hmm... we are getting to the point where the govt is legislating new fines and offenses faster than most citizens o… https://t.co/yyPD12ieeT
Retweeted by David Higham“Shielding”? Amounts to little more than being asked to “go away and shut up” judging by the amount of support on o… https://t.co/glVIlxqO9Y @gabyhinsliff @JudithFreedman Judging from some of the responses I may be one of the few people who enjoyed the exp… https://t.co/VteFvSYQNv @HuwSayer @keithhann @Richmond6 @IcelandFoods Still struggling to understand which part of 2m distancing, wearing f… https://t.co/TldhVxN4Kc @dgbailey She doesn’t do any other kind. Hopeless. @baghwallah @trefeca Just think of the forces that go through it every time you hit a bump. Had I paid attention in… https://t.co/NKMGBFTOarTelegraph: Housing plan ‘concretes over Tory heartlands’. Successive Tory ministers fail to acknowledge that it’s n… https://t.co/KBlI1Sv83X
Retweeted by David Higham @trefeca @baghwallah Yep. It happens. I’ve seen people snap saddles like that and - more worrying - a steering colu… https://t.co/UvIqZ5P8gE @t0nyyates You should be proud if that's your worst. Virtually all of mine include at least one spelling mistake an… https://t.co/QoxWshsSgk @PJDunleavy Reminiscent of Wilson. "Not all of Wilson's fascination with planning came from Russia but...much of i… https://t.co/jA60pbyAoP @ndrlee Congratulations @willbott4 @t0nyyates The messaging has been wrong from the start "see this off in 12 weeks" "return to normality b… https://t.co/WdS5nFGy6d @Bob__Hudson @trefeca @path_dependent @NeilMurphy1978 Including ministers if you listen to some of their statements. @NeilMurphy1978 You should see what they did to the magnificent Trinity Street station in Bolton. @FJ731 @MattChorley @JenWilliamsMEN Presumably a line they’ve tested in focus groups. @thomasforth That particular area is only a car park because the development (which I think was a hotel) planned fo… https://t.co/vMP9EQbmA4 @Bob__Hudson @trefeca @path_dependent @NeilMurphy1978 Which is partly why I sent it to you. Sowing confusion with y… https://t.co/AnqnSNCIW6 @inrng @willfoth @SC_Cycling We seemed to have moved a long way from the days when people criticised trade team col… https://t.co/pVu0jSIAbdSeen this @Bob__Hudson @trefeca @path_dependent @NeilMurphy1978 https://t.co/iIFsDRmZII @stephenkb They do seem interested in exploring the limits of state capacity. Banning households from meeting indoo… https://t.co/gzaAXXt87R @AndyWWestwood @ftukpolitics Adonis as part of his “Golden Arrow” ? This new game of draw your own local government… https://t.co/WJknWQTM6c @ftukpolitics @AndyWWestwood Pleased to see the Oxford-Cambridge corridor is part of the plan to “level up” the economy. @AndyWWestwood I can’t help feeling that someone in government hasn’t quite grasped the meaning of “strategy”. @markdavies67 @BYMYong It’s a foolish civil servant who doesn’t see the value of SpAds. Not sure that it always works the other way round. @Sime0nStylites @sturdyAlex And still sinkingA pretty meaningless commitment. Perhaps someone should have looked at the data on land use first.… https://t.co/lV1jGd60oa @Jenna_Higham @StuartWilksHeeg The problem isn’t so much the wasps as the obstruction in the chimney. Always worth… https://t.co/RMxu0BO2ThI wonder why a businessman President who owed billions in debts on loss making properties mainly based on retail or… https://t.co/uRKZ0ueTWl
Retweeted by David HighamPredictable but no less grim that #GuyFawkes is trending - owing to a calamitous error of judgement (at best) - whe… https://t.co/9d8UaoGt5w
Retweeted by David Higham @pernille2017 @StuartWilksHeeg Almost as if they’re determined to demonstrate the limits of state power. What are t… https://t.co/2v5GVuCMjiGood advice. https://t.co/dUYAAipXYs @antic2000 @robfordmancs @adamboultonSKY @Stanford And schools. Anyone would think that a government obsessed with… https://t.co/IZTRcMLdrr @adamboultonSKY @Stanford It was forseeable, many people did forsee it and warned that exactly this would happen, g… https://t.co/jT5lTHS73H
Retweeted by David Higham @jeremy_hume @TIMGOLDFINCH @asentance @DMcWilliams_UK @Cebr_uk Ferguson and Calderwood both resigned. Duffield is a… https://t.co/hPumLd7jeDMe versus Sir Anthony Seldon in the @timesredbox this morning. "Are these the worst set of circumstances ever faced… https://t.co/zAuUHiMsoa
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