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Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor. Her latest book, with David Walker, is The Lost Decade

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Top column on Brexit so far this week or a bit longer here https://t.co/rmuwXFNPXs Lots of key details from… https://t.co/FIEIaWHEDK
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9/30
2020
@pollytoynbee is right. We are about to get the thick end of a shit sandwich to chew on and Johnson & team will try… https://t.co/1lVLKqPEWt
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeThe @LibDems are not in competition with @UKLabour instead they need to think about picking up seats from the… https://t.co/bH6OEX2Hse
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee⁦@pollytoynbee⁩ lists the many downsides of #Brexit (BTW there are no upsides) Any Brexit deal will be thin and pu… https://t.co/mcIKK9lOA5
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeMy weekend was heavy (in the very best sense!) on family and light on reading the news, so I only realised this mor… https://t.co/7E9MY86jPp
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9/29
2020
DIGITAL EVENT: Creating a caring economy: a call to action WED 30 SEPTEMBER 10:00-11:30 Join us for the launch of… https://t.co/LcOCmVnVf1
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9/28
2020
@LanternsBlue @NeilSul70388398 @DoubleDownNews @aljsushijones @GeorgeMonbiot @guardian It’s genuinely progressive t… https://t.co/zwhzDPwHbKDIGITAL EVENT: Creating a caring economy: a call to action WED 30 SEPTEMBER 10:00-11:30 Join us for the launch of… https://t.co/QmGhp3LZXG
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee @BrexileInBerlin That’s kind!
9/27
2020
“It doesn’t take an Einstein to observe the folly of Johnson doing the same thing twice and expecting a different r… https://t.co/tLHSg16mxk
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeWhere are the politicians who scrunch up with leadership? > Boris Johnson is delaying the inevitable again - and wa… https://t.co/QMrAldpyBk
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9/26
2020
Boris Johnson is delaying the inevitable again – and watching as Covid-19 surges. No need to be Einstein to see how… https://t.co/1rQaliWcew‘What would most people do in Johnson’s position, confronted with varying scientific views? Adopt the precautionary… https://t.co/c5Cq5kV8Cb
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee‘When a small group of scientists with a view that is contrary to the overwhelming majority of public health expert… https://t.co/OBOCZejKt3
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeBoris Johnson is delaying the inevitable again – and watching as Covid-19 surges https://t.co/mxjBposXX5
9/25
2020
UKRI is in the crosshairs, but there’s no sign of an alternative: Culling the mega-funder would not make the system… https://t.co/WzgQX8yRjC
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeSigh...I've just been emailed a press release offering private Covid test for £89 (claiming "non-profit"). Why does… https://t.co/V8NpBZGLt2Why have other countries, like Italy & Germany, recovered better? PM: "There is a difference between our country a… https://t.co/l0jgR6g4Ls
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9/23
2020
@DaraghMinogue Many thanks!The Lost Decade 2010-2020 Join me discussing how austerity left us and the public realm stripped bare and vulnerabl… https://t.co/iTEaB8XmFe"Any Labour people who feel squeamish at “patriotism” should shake that off right now, and welcome capturing it for… https://t.co/xeFKeFDCSG @cathalcoleman11 Many thanks. But I'm optimistic Labour can win on a good manifesto next time.Excellent as usual from @pollytoynbee. Demonstrates how depressing British politics is - and will be. Starmer's gr… https://t.co/w6xhxA06EG
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee‘It is not patriotic, Angela Raynor said, for companies such as BA and British Gas to fire and rehire their workers… https://t.co/a6ub2uGhPS
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee"Any Labour people who feel squeamish at “patriotism” should shake that off right now, and welcome capturing it for… https://t.co/Gazeg7uHxS
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeStarmer's greatest challenge is to defeat the Tories on patriotism https://t.co/sFUFBucdWn
9/22
2020
Inequality doesn't get much starker than this: Eton's students feeling safe and secure whilst state school kids tak… https://t.co/ycSmMO5W5a
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9/19
2020
We are in this together https://t.co/C8Ww7pdC5A
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeNo wonder #ReesMogg thinks everyone else is #carping 😡😡😡 https://t.co/8ilCv3hgIw
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeEton Head confirms to me that every pupil had a Covid test on arriving at school. Imagine if every child and teache… https://t.co/Qi1AD5GshwWe raised concerns about the ways in which #careexperienced young people are going to be meaningfully involved in t… https://t.co/7CE5QyH7n9
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee‘No doubt the government would prefer to abolish this post. Why appoint someone to shout in your ear and draw publi… https://t.co/tdSatDB1ka
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee @annelongfield has put in years working unstintingly 4 children & young people hopefully she won’t stop now… https://t.co/GZFD6ppOOz
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeSchools with more deprived pupils suffered bigger funding cuts than others since 2010 despite pupil premium.… https://t.co/ORoXLIJXi3
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeRight now, children need a champion. But they are losing one - great piece by @pollytoynbee on the departure of Ann… https://t.co/ZuzNwtNQfW
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee“Whoever lands the job can’t ignore the rising levels of distress in every area of children’s lives. They will find… https://t.co/tR5Ng0ZK6f
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeRight now, children need a champion. But they are losing one https://t.co/fdsduNBaYN
9/18
2020
@pollytoynbee and I wrote #TheLostDecade to show just how weaker the UK became after 2010 https://t.co/z4nz0bPoMk
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9/17
2020
@thom_sampson @CEP_LSE @LSEnews Many thanks for all your great expertise on EU trade @pollytoynbee explains the short and long term risks of no deal. Nice to be quoted by someone whose columns were es… https://t.co/2yeXPRY5C4
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeThe religious down the centuries often inhabited dream-worlds of phantom heavens: Brexit voters can hibernate insid… https://t.co/tilnoG0Gju
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9/15
2020
@pollytoynbee We could be forgiven for thinking that @govuk appear to care more about this utterly unnecessary wast… https://t.co/7gvCIi6QZZ
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee7,000 lorries at, conservatively, 15 metres per lorry works out at over 100 kilometres/over 60 miles. That’s one h… https://t.co/ehlH1B4Fe6
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeExclusive: govt planing for 7000 Brexit lorry stack-up, another Lisa O'Carroll scoop. https://t.co/Glw29TfhMg
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeMy column on the political insanity of a no-deal crash out: https://t.co/5THVQPDI4VExclusive: govt planing for 7000 Brexit lorry stack-up, another Lisa O'Carroll scoop. https://t.co/Glw29TfhMgBoris Johnson’s push for no deal will harm the country and his party, by ⁦@pollytoynbee⁩ https://t.co/xI3SPFcAzw
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeBoris Johnson’s push for no deal will harm the country – and his party, in the long term | Polly Toynbee https://t.co/GJC4z4ePgR
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeBoris Johnson’s push for no deal will harm the country – and his party, in the long term https://t.co/yGP6mU6q7WTories' mates....again.... https://t.co/0Y2caD5PLY
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeRaves OK - but only with guns, rods and tweed plus-fours. Govt exempting large shooting and fishing parties from Rule of Six...Since none of us voted for Dominic Cummings & since he seems to be running the show isn’t it about time MPs had him… https://t.co/mvJovIZPoh
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9/14
2020
I argued for years that ‘Brexit’ falls apart when you have to write it down. It was always the ultimate unicorn-sla… https://t.co/y80Js55tqO
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9/12
2020
Tough tariffs and trade turmoil incl uplands comment via @RobinMilton3 https://t.co/KiFGk0pg9j @pollytoynbee My… https://t.co/OSYtWuXkPU
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeVultures? Covid escalating kids in care. Industry reports: "The £15.4bn market for specialist services supporting L… https://t.co/DJL2sKiL4hAnyone out there recall being on Labour’s post-crash Future Jobs Fund for young people 2009-2010 (axed by 0sborne)… https://t.co/HbDUDA0vFB
9/11
2020
British farmers will be trampled in the rush for free trade deals https://t.co/dxv2zr6p69
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeBritish farmers will be trampled in the rush for free trade deals https://t.co/dxv2zr6p69
9/10
2020
As we have always said, protest is a valuable democratic tool and clamping down on it is the behaviour of an author… https://t.co/Ge8CacCSLM
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee @DeepDownDirtyCN @guardian @wearethentia @BorisJohnson @Conservatives Many thanks @pollytoynbee Of the 53 staff and Fellows profiled by @Policy_Exchange on its website, 7 are women. It's a man's wo… https://t.co/RfiJwRoIKj
Retweeted by Polly Toynbeeit’s the public’s fault for not taking enough tests but also for taking too many tests https://t.co/UYhe76lK9J
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9/9
2020
Never before have we had a government with 'megalomaniac intent to delegitimise any opposing views'. Important and… https://t.co/0qmy5KklEG
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeIn trying to exterminate opposing views, this government has lost any sense of balance or argument, as if planning… https://t.co/jIKxIN4GXk
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee @pollytoynbee Important article thanks. XR ecologist arrested for speaking on the street https://t.co/cYsfSSBOK8 P… https://t.co/UY9xLYLbPF
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeQuote of the day : ‘All they touch turns to dross – yet we are condemned to that dross for four more years’ @pollytoynbee @guardian 8.9.20
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9/8
2020
It is our democratic right to protest – but this government is crushing all opposition by ⁦@pollytoynbee⁩ https://t.co/AgoGksn8yg
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeProtest to be stifled, all opposing views illegitimate with a govt that sees balance as bias, eviscerating civil se… https://t.co/JL3H1XPIhj
9/7
2020
The Child Trust Fund creates a unique opportunity to assess the impact of assets on future life-chances. Must be a… https://t.co/ozfmrekNzF
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeThe latest UNICEF report on child wellbeing in developed countries puts the UK in 27th place out of 38. Although pr… https://t.co/7cX1CZ5upx
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee @pollytoynbee said this would be the narrative and only a day later @allisonpearson is on the case. Private health… https://t.co/REX6BUAB9H
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee @pollytoynbee We're are so looking forward to hearing @pollytoynbee @TalkBox
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeBritain's 18-year-olds are being given a reminder of ⁦@UKLabour⁩ fight against poverty #ChildTrustFund ⁦@guardian⁩… https://t.co/eyTzOG1RvT
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9/4
2020
Where have all the really funny right-wing comedians been hiding?
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeWhy has Britain coped so badly with Covid? "The Lost Decade 2010-2020" - tells how the austerity decade stripped us… https://t.co/Seq2d1e6IwThe Lost Decade 2010-2020, our book on how the country and all its services were left weak and threadbare: no wonde… https://t.co/BtvDnamZxjThe Lost Decade 2010-2020, our book on how the country and all its services were left weak and threadbare: no wonde… https://t.co/HYW24kREl4Sixteen hundred deceased families. Who he promised to meet when the cameras were on. Then refused to meet when the… https://t.co/0s4D7H5Fl4
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9/2
2020
As NHS waiting times grow, its enemies are waiting to swoop | @pollytoynbee gives a much needed warning. #NHShttps://t.co/3XnjevdJQf
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeNHS has been remarkably agile and inventive in the pandemic, but austerity funding had already caused long waiting… https://t.co/pPVE7Y2Ilg
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeBrilliantly well-targeted climate protest by Insure Our Future with placards outside Lloyds telling them to stop in… https://t.co/Mtc8eDTts0Beyond belief? Most analysts say a Biden win would be bad for stock markets... https://t.co/3sR6tISrZBNHS has been remarkably agile and inventive in the pandemic, but austerity funding had already caused long waiting… https://t.co/pPVE7Y2Ilg @guardian 👉🏿We must defend our #NHS RT As NHS waiting times grow, its enemies are waiting to swoop by @pollytoynbee
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeAfter such epic mishandling, it takes monumental optimism to imagine this government will ever conduct a meaningful… https://t.co/1RyijwtBER
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeThis is a must must read. ⁦@pollytoynbee⁩ absolutely on the money here with her analysis. Those of us working in… https://t.co/bxAl83IfRS
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9/1
2020
I’m not in favour of a ‘second wave’ of #COVID19 either. I’d even demonstrate against it - but in my experience, mi… https://t.co/vvU2ukQlmf
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee @pmdfoster Utter nonsense from government: "growing the customs sector" hides the nightmare for import/export, like… https://t.co/FUbPzpoHNV
8/30
2020
If the BBC has a bias in its news content it is toward supporting the government. If we allow the creation of a Bri… https://t.co/8W6mCTGk55
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee @WeWillBeFree82 Small turnout, actually - see space at back of this misleading pic. No doubt all agog to hear etern… https://t.co/9zNtTnwL2bFox news created Trump -now extreme opinion b'casting to be allowed here.True, we got Boris Johnson thanks to Sun,… https://t.co/qZHzOUm07i
8/29
2020
I'm here to provide b.... ah no, you're right. https://t.co/pea3760PW7
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeHere's where to join us debating The Lost Decade 2010-2020 - zooming with headfirst for Bristol's Talk box event on… https://t.co/wxu652OYYzThe Lost Decade 2010-2020 - join us on Talkbox Bristol, zooming on 30th September to pick over the bones of all the… https://t.co/fML52WyTqyResearch that @pollytoynbee did not mention: 'Sure Start does what it says on the tin' detailed 2019 @TheIFS study… https://t.co/sXbezM7KPe
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeWidening participation in university admissions can only work if whole education system works for disadvantaged fam… https://t.co/F2BysYX296
Retweeted by Polly ToynbeeI have worked in the same office as Richard Littlejohn for eleven years and I am happy to be corrected but to the v… https://t.co/SVpz1TQ1ky
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8/28
2020
@Mark_D_Graham @EdwardJDavey Not that simple. There’ll always - as @pollytoynbee says - be seats where people will… https://t.co/6och9Se55J
Retweeted by Polly Toynbee @jackabbott90 Thank you, councillor Jack Abbott for putting up a good fight to keep Suffolk’s children’s centres op… https://t.co/cWSfcRnTeQPoll finds 54% of the public want to change the voting system to #PR. Only 16% oppose. Even 53% of Conservative vot… https://t.co/KdNZvirZ5M
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8/27
2020

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