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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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@trefeca It's like the entire political debate is stuck in an endless loop, as if saying something often enough will make it true. @brucemcd23 @JenWilliamsMEN It's even more complicated than that in that the Fleetwood terminus was actually moved… https://t.co/XvRL15kOgA @BrynleyHeaven Perfect example here. This is to use Johnson’s phrase - oven ready - and has nothing to do with Beec… https://t.co/bqDRi5fe7TMight be of interest @JudithFreedman https://t.co/PoijaySUtr @Bob__Hudson A competent opposition would be making hay with this. However, Corbyn hangs on to ensure the continuat… https://t.co/LUsdDyaZlR @brucemcd23 @JenWilliamsMEN I fear that this is a government still driven by narrow political calculation rather th… https://t.co/Cbeorg2INF @oldtrotter Rather than claiming to reverse Beeching cuts if Johnson and Shapps are serious about investing in rail… https://t.co/O4sdWjZRSa
Retweeted by David Higham @brucemcd23 Agreed. The flaw in this otherwise cunning plan is that people might actually expect the government to… https://t.co/d93C2UE65f👇👇👇👇👇 https://t.co/kmFZ7T4pls @Bob__Hudson Assume you saw this? All is clearly not well in Tory circles https://t.co/cLjFtojhT2 @MarkHorsleyUK Particularly since no government has yet found an effective way of rebalancing the economy and we are losing EU SF. @Bob__Hudson Quite. The question the media should be asking is: why couldn’t we before? Of course, they don’t get t… https://t.co/a26W7kM7EDExtraordinary that this still has to be said. https://t.co/EzgplrWf9mFun fact about Fleetwood: the North Euston Hotel is so called because, at a time when trains couldn’t climb Shap Fe… https://t.co/ajg4SZ49OT @Metatone2 @BrynleyHeaven It’s completely bonkers.Fleetwood’s getting an awful lot of attention at the moment. Anyone would think that it’s a marginal seat. https://t.co/npl7vbn3GU
1/28
2020
@seanjonesqc Not that committed to free trade https://t.co/iOv9MAsQ7m @cjayanetti @dmk1793 @npjgarland Of course but not to the extent it did to Corbynism. @cjayanetti @dmk1793 @npjgarland A bit like New Labour then. Labour might have been better not trashing that bit of its history. @velobetty I was the victim of a road rage attack. Despite video evidence and three witnesses the defendant still t… https://t.co/f4CpnmPVJJ @thomasforth @AndyWWestwood There were few meetings I went to in nearly 20 years working on regional issues when so… https://t.co/Od6aPREz2Q @SmithTonyD That's the challenge. Personally I always thought Blair was along the right lines. Use the power of the… https://t.co/iyBTe0zTK8 @PhilipJTaylor1 @pjh_grumpy I'm sure that was the reason. Unfortunately the majority of the site has been a car and… https://t.co/wb0z6DAEew @PhilipJTaylor1 @rupe_greenhalgh I'd forgotten about the old East Curve (which of course is additional expense). As… https://t.co/Xx1jnQMVOj @MarpleLeaf And they’d be better spending money on that rather than re-open the old Fleetwood Branch. @highamnews @DavidCollinsST @josephdancey Not in the slightest 😎 @highamnews @DavidCollinsST @josephdancey We aren’t, but in tribute to your Twitter handle https://t.co/diYCjnVcbk @rupe_greenhalgh @PhilipJTaylor1 Well quite. It would make more sense to upgrade the tram system betweenthan reopen… https://t.co/yyevbE8Wjt @AdamLBrown3 @Gilesyb @RichardALJones @thomasforth @NeilDotObrien @SarahNev It is but I still think it's a better e… https://t.co/EeTeSBwDd5 @JXB101 It's a metaphor for the whole Brexit process. Produce a coin for a society becoming cashless. @AdamLBrown3 @Gilesyb @RichardALJones @thomasforth @NeilDotObrien @SarahNev This suggests agglomeration is a finer… https://t.co/ZOFu6uFy93 @fslconsult @Farnsworth100 @fredhughesSoT @SpatialityJones @nmcinroy @RosieP4 @HereforHereford @John_Whitelegghttps://t.co/emLMvyjK7V @Gilesyb @RichardALJones @thomasforth @NeilDotObrien @SarahNev Also worth noting that the public sector had bent ov… https://t.co/Kasou5YC2h @Gilesyb @RichardALJones @thomasforth @NeilDotObrien @SarahNev I was involved in the AZ move. Driven by: CEX making… https://t.co/L8o3TcTrvr @mike1glyn It was. He won an Oscar for Darkest Hour. Great performance of what I thought was a mediocre script. @mike1glyn Fantastic performance by Oldman, but eerily like watching Johnson in places. Goes full on Hollywood towa… https://t.co/ptKjdM0nWX @mike1glyn They've all been watching Darkest Hour. @mike1glyn The Mail has been criticising Johnson for "meaningless cliches" for a couple of weeks now. All is not we… https://t.co/EzFPpqe6Lp @GiveMeSpace3 The Referendum unleashed dark forces in English society which senior politicians have shamelessly exp… https://t.co/k0oLVet04d @billwells_1 @t0nyyates Michael Crichton's Rising Sun is a study of the role FDI played in competition between the… https://t.co/EGNP4TBJjW @drjennings You see that very clearly in GM (or Manchester itself) and if you can't sort it there.... . https://t.co/PTGGCJwnCc @APHClarkson @drjennings Which is why Johnson has set himself a much more difficult task than he appears to think.… https://t.co/0BX8Qkaszv @pernille2017 @johnharris1969 This is what Ben Pimlott said about Wilson https://t.co/FioxomXNgE @Farnsworth100 @NickCohen4 @ObserverUK This is interesting from one of the most thoughtful Conservative MPs . Shows… https://t.co/EUpY6S9GtUPoint 3 here is a particularly relevant point. Effective delivery might not mean exciting announcements but doing e… https://t.co/rIbTYeCSK7
Retweeted by David HighamGood piece. Perhaps Labour should look at how Wilson positioned the party in 1964 as modern and forward looking. https://t.co/WgCTcB4fA4 @gpietersz I genuinely don’t know. I can’t imagine it’s the first demand of voters in places like Barrow, Blackpool or Burnley. @mikepalinmmp To paraphrase Tolstoy, each unsuccessful place is unsuccessful in its own way.Good summary of why this will be a bigger challenge to Johnson than post Brexit trade negotiations. These aren’t ne… https://t.co/HeaHSb8hXV @DavidCollinsST @josephdancey It’s the same with the civil service. Sending teams of Whitehall based officials to v… https://t.co/UgCufsREnLAnother dose of back to the 60s, this time featuring Redcliffe Maud. It really is all in there. But why will this t… https://t.co/5p2WqT1tKZ @Pragmatichuman1 @Farnsworth100 @PandaScottish @sajidjavid @RegenerationEX @janicemorphet @justspace7 If “expansion… https://t.co/QNNWN642ub @pjh_grumpy @PhilipJTaylor1 Which tells you everything you need to know about why it would be such a good use of ta… https://t.co/mSA3jq3qCe
1/27
2020
Lovely elegy for us and Europe by @andrewrawnsley https://t.co/DHGq440E0k but for record let us be clear that libe… https://t.co/HbKIBo8jzb
Retweeted by David Higham @RachelMann123 And successive generations of U.K. politicians failed to promote the value of membership, often pref… https://t.co/mDRXN5Ighe @PhilipJTaylor1 Indeed. No idea where the Blackpool Fleetwood notion came from.Argues that Johnson doesn’t need to actually revive northern economies, just to sound like he understands the conce… https://t.co/eGXpuOK2HA @pjh_grumpy Trains haven’t run to Fleetwood for 50 years although freight still ran to Burn Naze 20 years ago. Can’… https://t.co/WlI8BWWWDfA pedant writes that there us no railway line connecting Blackpool to Fleetwood. There is a disused freight line co… https://t.co/8MtJ7TpZjb @uk_domain_names Apart from the people who warned about it at the time. Sometimes even I have had enough of experts.Where Bolton leads, Britain follows. Hardly news for some of us😎 https://t.co/Tu4NF4K8jP @soniapurnell Seen this? All is clearly not well https://t.co/XkSkW4K3Ai @t0nyyates Reminds you of pre Referendum days? Reminds me of Sam Brittan and the 1980s 😎Everything going swimmingly. https://t.co/feQDmZAbLS @AnthonyGlees What's he on about? All the world was a stage for us before Brexit. His views on Brexit are worth as… https://t.co/0Il1g4W1fVForget attacks on the BBC, Johnson is determined to kill satire. https://t.co/LG7vzLhCXb⁦ A couple of paragraphs from a withering piece from @DPJHodgeshttps://t.co/FwvMj8U3oK @martinconder @danbloom1 One outcome of this whole sorry saga will be endless material for future students of econo… https://t.co/qDcUXKESHJ @SpatialityJones Ironic that Brexit is prompting a whole series of articles and books showing how much we gained fr… https://t.co/FpbNUGkyLO @colinrtalbot Take it easy 👍 @GiveMeSpace3 @JasonGood To make flapjacks 😎Three extracts from Simon Heffer's interesting piece in this week's New Statesman. One is patronising, one displays… https://t.co/fjOdopDKzH @Farnsworth100 @NickCohen4 @ObserverUK Agreed. Once you start defining “levelling up” you start to reveal the limit… https://t.co/5Yiw6nIQXy @Bob__Hudson Sportswashing is the term, I believe.This is well worth a read but hardly surprising. Johnson has done nothing but campaign. Who would have thought gove… https://t.co/igahWCs430 @trefeca @StewartWood What Howell says. I’ve had several; most were fine but one certainly wasn’t. Top tip: don’t r… https://t.co/TqfSjX1ncZ @BEERG @andrewrawnsley It was always primarily about politics for Macmillan who had been heavily influenced by Suez… https://t.co/MQJjdZvXLA @SAshworthHayes There’s a metaphor somewhere in minting a new Brexit coin for an economy that is increasingly moving away from cash. @NickCohen4 @ObserverUK I think it will because Brexit is more like a slow puncture. Plants won’t close immediately… https://t.co/ZttDwwtuDH @fslconsult @Farnsworth100 @fredhughesSoT @SpatialityJones @nmcinroy @RosieP4 @HereforHereford @John_Whitelegghttps://t.co/LjVMpuW6EH @fredhughesSoT @fslconsult @SpatialityJones @nmcinroy Not suggesting we implement Redcliffe Maud but the issues He… https://t.co/TagOCX7FFw @fslconsult @fredhughesSoT @SpatialityJones @nmcinroy “Often”? Don’t you mean always? The reorganisation in Lancash… https://t.co/d5vqPzbViq @RichardALJones @nickhillman @Gilesyb I'm pretty sure that Maypole dancing was about the Church appropriating a Pag… https://t.co/pxfRGuBUpK @Farnsworth100 @PandaScottish @sajidjavid @RegenerationEX @janicemorphet @justspace7 Search me. Something to do wit… https://t.co/LpnRWqRrnV @fredhughesSoT @SpatialityJones @fslconsult @nmcinroy No, but I think it may be the least bad way forward. Local go… https://t.co/amM6zDSlTK @trefeca We need a Twitter stream "What Would Harold Do?" Could cover reforming the civil service, restructuring W… https://t.co/LoIoE6Ifl4 @fslconsult @SpatialityJones @fredhughesSoT @nmcinroy The governance aspects of "levelling up" are much underplayed… https://t.co/V35RO8ztLD @WelshEcon @TegidRoberts I suspect Brexit may be a much greater risk to our international reputation. What with all… https://t.co/uFOfa3jxAF @AnthonyGlees It's called trade negotiations for slow learners. Give up your tariffs/quotas and you've nothing to… https://t.co/djsVdsPKke @SpatialityJones @fslconsult @MartinTideswell @fredhughesSoT I think parties of both the left and right should be l… https://t.co/2xTNp7oN1s @Metatone2 @smitajamdar Fear you are right. Keep LAs under financial pressure (no one ever lost votes criticising l… https://t.co/gyRnTDYXDf @janicemorphet @pjh_grumpy Unfortunately we were day trippers. The third room was the worst. We junked the chronolo… https://t.co/wydUopUQ7G @SJSEdmonds We already have Tate Liverpool which I have to say is looking a bit tatty compared to Tate Britain. Wou… https://t.co/cRgxVRt1fJ @Juergen_Maier @ThoenissenC @FT See Ridley's article in The Spectator many years ago https://t.co/XXhYLVfqjS
1/26
2020
@PeterKGeoghegan Particularly if you allow your new MPs to point to "wins" that only they could have secured? @pjh_grumpy London really is another country. The sheer affluence on display showed just how far Manchester has to… https://t.co/vG1w5LPAwhNot sure that the Blake Exhibition at Tate Britain (every bit as good as people say, if a touch too crowded for us… https://t.co/MOHdXmA9Vi @ottocrat Even worse. It’s his voters who’ll be paying higher prices. @OwlFiftyEight I don't think it did but my hearing isn't what it was 🥺 @Alex_Niven Certainly a deliberate strategy by Osborne and certainly contributed to Brexit. Would be ironic if it c… https://t.co/doQ8dHOb0r
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2020

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