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What all the wise men promised has not happened, and what all the damned fools said would happen has come to pass.

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As amazing as this sounds, Napoleon. https://t.co/TSkaLw9nCo
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1/28
2020
@tomescritt But the PM only has, realistically, to make sure that the realisation only leaches through to the elect… https://t.co/IUgsoaYoAB @DavidHenigUK @michaelgove @DmitryOpines The true negotiating baseline is whatever the 27, under pressure of time,… https://t.co/rNOsivWdYc @DavidHenigUK @michaelgove @DmitryOpines I think this is the crucial point. HMG's strategy seems to revolve around… https://t.co/vPxa7EpBIx
1/27
2020
@Boogieeck @220_d_92_20 I think that's the most rational position for most politically active Leavers to take up. Y… https://t.co/NIdyTRaWXO @PropertySpot Reminded of a comment in Hattersley's memoirs: https://t.co/GEWO3WKKqZ
1/26
2020
My grandfather is a book fetishiser all right. During the Cultural Revolution he was almost beaten in by the Red Gu… https://t.co/tG2cdQ0B4U
Retweeted by TangentThis from Butler and Rose on the purpose of psephology is as true in 2020 as it was in 1959 (and as true when we ca… https://t.co/r7m1vfJrgp
Retweeted by Tangentone of my ancestors endocytosed an alphaproteobacterium and managed to get it to take over the job of aerobic respi… https://t.co/IerhLcXm0Q
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1/24
2020
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Retweeted by Tangent @tutt_brian It was his first division in the House. The Chief Whip, Margesson, told him: “And I can tell you this,… https://t.co/M125iqWAnU @antic2000 @Michael_Dunn4 @deworde A Low cartoon of May 1945. @Aloysius16 @stephenkb So she is. (And I thought I had double-checked this before tweeting - am growing increasingl… https://t.co/LC5xAsCw37 @Michael_Dunn4 @deworde A point made early on: https://t.co/l9cYQloFVT @stephenkb That hurt good SCs like Brown, and would similarly hurt RLB if she succeeds - but, at the same time, the… https://t.co/ZqIs3jbDpu @stephenkb Indeed, giving it to her might even help diffuse left pressure on the leader. Any good SC works out a fi… https://t.co/XPSo1BHCiz @stephenkb One of the interesting things is that RLB isn't on that list. In theory, if she comes second, she should… https://t.co/uOYzHXwOnO
1/23
2020
@botzarelli @make_trouble And she would have been unlikely to have the luxury of time to polish her image without risking negative framing. @bouledenerfs_ It is similar to the old process of trial, with the lower house roughly analogous to the grand jury,… https://t.co/5jMVGV4Q2O @bouledenerfs_ In addition to earlier answers: it is a straightforward adaptation of our own procedure: the Commons… https://t.co/WAyDg4cXlc @dijdowell But realism also means acknowledging our strengths as well as our weaknesses. British power & influence… https://t.co/B2sM9EF7wo @dijdowell That is partly what I meant. For instance, there are good arguments for a UKUS FTA from our current posi… https://t.co/xPQqAlzaPj @dijdowell The great Remain mistake, IMO, was the lack of desire to secure popular legitimacy for the post-Maastric… https://t.co/jnUMfpWZ6R @dijdowell The important implicit precondition here requires policymakers to prefer concrete advantages to symboli… https://t.co/X4hyNz6Jgv
1/21
2020
Two of the biggest changes in British immigration law were the 1971 Immigration Act (reflecting high profile of imm… https://t.co/gNvnR3WKKs
Retweeted by Tangent @rolandmcs @GeorgePeretzQC @davidallengreen (I agree with neither, but see their force as conservative arguments.) @rolandmcs @GeorgePeretzQC @davidallengreen In the second case (as stated above), what can be seen in the EU is a r… https://t.co/6Xs5Hxf55I @rolandmcs @GeorgePeretzQC @davidallengreen For Brexit, in the first case, it may be argued that what is happening… https://t.co/lpT4ZJGJcz @rolandmcs @GeorgePeretzQC @davidallengreen In the second case, existing institutional orders are always under chal… https://t.co/aSNV7yb8qQ @rolandmcs @GeorgePeretzQC @davidallengreen In the first case, what distinguishes conservative thought from the rea… https://t.co/E2AidvKoQt @rolandmcs @GeorgePeretzQC @davidallengreen You can, I think, defend conservatism from the gash of either horn of… https://t.co/zHRjEAVLmh @robfordmancs As a result, it would probably be wise for a new leader to trade a short-term bounce for strategic a… https://t.co/0NxOB8mP4l @robfordmancs One of the big facts the Opposition has to face is the strategic strength of the gov't. The PM can pi… https://t.co/s18WCFSAyJ @robfordmancs But such a bounce will also do little for the Leader's chances in the long run. There will be plenty… https://t.co/R2Asn5qfCU
1/20
2020
@PreachyPreach @Metatone2 @respros And controlled rent regimes also helped. Once these were eroded, the processes y… https://t.co/LOZvmRJ5As @labourlewis @Frances_Coppola Secondly, that consensus utlimately depended on the ability of Western gov'ts to cont… https://t.co/1i3xarHo2t @labourlewis @Frances_Coppola Two points: firstly, the consensus the 1945 gov't cemented had already been accepted… https://t.co/pr7vHP0ZEv
1/19
2020
@MrTimDunn @TfL (There was a British competitor to the SWCC: the Standard Time Company, which already served other… https://t.co/fU9fsbtJOu @MrTimDunn @TfL One of the many breaches of Yerkes' pledge (given to a Commons Committee in 1902) to buy equipment… https://t.co/M28WhtadgB
1/18
2020
@Metatone2 And, if anything, people are more like to think of New Labour's welfare-to-work scheme.
1/17
2020
@marwood_lennox @DuncanWeldon @GavinHJackson Local elites had similar effects on county towns & the bigger market t… https://t.co/Piq5b9Chzq @AlunEphraim @stephenkb Yes - and that leaves out the Scottish dimension, although that might not be quite as bad f… https://t.co/Hh6DZu6SCq @stephenkb Nandy, for all her limitations, comes closest to what such a strategy might look like. The danger is tha… https://t.co/72JkfWvifJ @stephenkb If Labour wants both groups, it needs to gamble. The Johnson gov't will alienate some voters. Labour nee… https://t.co/TD8NwCUfUJ @IanDunt There was that edition of Mastermind about 15 years ago where Andrew Motion didn't do brilliantly on the s… https://t.co/N9lvjxY788
1/16
2020
@post_liberal But it is also an issue where purely racist attitudes may have also had an effect: "If these girls sl… https://t.co/928tG0m4AL
1/15
2020
@stephenkb On the plus side, you could probably create quite a decent politriv quiz from the good guesses. @stephenkb But is there anything really surprising about the Nandy fact, given overall levels of historic BAME representation?
1/14
2020
@kevinhorourke IMO, the only chance for a referendum would have been if the gov't had become locked into a trajecto… https://t.co/6kYpHDIgEC @JaspJackson @youngvulgarian I am, sadly, old enough to remember when you could take it from Norwood Junction to Harlesden.
1/12
2020
@metaburbia @CJFDillow One of the big political issues of our time is that the filter is rather too effective. Wonk… https://t.co/Va2MBmCC21 @CJFDillow @metaburbia The missing link, I think, is the lack of non-academic works comprehensively applying his pr… https://t.co/Xbm4PMVWMl
1/10
2020
@JulienHoez @LFVCL If it gets as far as that, then the Europeans would probably prefer to let Russia offer overt pr… https://t.co/2GwfBgH0eY @MattSingh_ A vintage one: Mrs Thatcher, as a young junior minister in Macmillan's government, informing the House… https://t.co/VOHKnFlfYk @JonnElledge He really should have escalated with a cat's skeleton.
1/8
2020
@PaulBrandITV @BBCr4today A remarkable departure for a Left candidate in a Labour leadership election.
1/7
2020
@tc1415 @botzarelli I suppose it's a logical development of the old election in open vestry. @drjennings @TorstenBell It took crisis and systemic policy failure to bring monetarism to the fore. As long as Jav… https://t.co/hpybgtTAXx @drjennings @TorstenBell During the years of Butskellism, there were always small, and vocal, groups of 'sound mone… https://t.co/vhe7OIddBA @mattholehouse @Jim_Cornelius (Looking at the results, I suspect there may have been a retardation of the Tory swin… https://t.co/qlMilaEErZ @mattholehouse @Jim_Cornelius The main factor, IMO, is that it is nearly impossible to frame a Conservative governm… https://t.co/sK49IFm9fB
1/6
2020
@pennyb Gaitskell & Strictly would be a match made in heaven, although he might have been ruled out beforehand for being too good. @tutt_brian @pennyb As they were (at the time Harold's trusties), I have always wondered whether some Conservatives… https://t.co/EVC4xOKm63
1/5
2020
In 1959, the Labour Party, baffled by the teenagers, set up a Youth Commission to investigate. Those who served inc… https://t.co/1yuoT3BNPj
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1/4
2020
@RCollumbell Great moments in Blenheim Grove history pt. 94... @stephenkb @StevePeers As with Bonar Law.
1/3
2020
@yorksranter @johnb78 @simonk_133 @AllyFogg I always thought that the flaccid LD performance in 2017 was one of the… https://t.co/hf9tGcmFKz @yorksranter @johnb78 @simonk_133 @AllyFogg Yes. One of the big risks of a GE strategy was always that Labour would… https://t.co/KdgrMzogIw @harrydcarr Indeed - that also helped in 2015, when people were attempting a Starmer bandwagon, despite the fact th… https://t.co/yZj6TMP9Ub
1/2
2020
@timrollpickerin That's right. Destined to an obscure political pub quiz question answer in years to come :)
Retweeted by Tangent @xtophercook @RyanOc1905 @jdportes But, at the moment, you are not going to get that data and analysis unless it is… https://t.co/LFTaA4OS7Q @xtophercook @RyanOc1905 @jdportes What is required, I think, are 3 basic elements: data flow into departments; com… https://t.co/qK6WRaxaAM @jdportes One of my weird views is that the state doesn’t do enough long-tail planning / horizon-gazing - partly a… https://t.co/yBu88sRJ5I
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1/1
2019
@StevePeers @george_yarrow @alanbellapertum @normanlamb And the other difficulty is that any high-alignment traject… https://t.co/XRG9YMUPHK @StevePeers @george_yarrow @alanbellapertum @normanlamb Yes - and they would have had to make the popular case to L… https://t.co/jTxn5OwKq6 @george_yarrow @StevePeers @alanbellapertum @normanlamb If a compromise had got through IV, then it would still be… https://t.co/KrFfn3V0ZZ @george_yarrow @StevePeers @alanbellapertum @normanlamb Where I continue to disagree with the 'soft' retrospective… https://t.co/LAgzazz4Rn @robfordmancs The most spectacular example, in my view, is the combination of disasters, from late 1972 to 1974, wh… https://t.co/WRmsBIcc0n @Carti_Mandua @GirlGiada @ByDonkeys @yadvashem I don't recall, however, the same controversies over the Ninth as th… https://t.co/1AXZZ5IYSH @Carti_Mandua @GirlGiada @ByDonkeys A lot that was great and noble in German culture, from Goethe to Schiller to th… https://t.co/kHbGtVxaFH @Carti_Mandua @GirlGiada @ByDonkeys They have no copyright on it. At the very same time, it was employed by their resisters too. @Carti_Mandua @GirlGiada @ByDonkeys That one of the greatest pieces of music in history should be appropriated by t… https://t.co/a6jwsLDR1s
12/29
2019
@JulianSnowdon @JoeCannonLondon @jas88 @ACKaminski Is that not what the common law is? @stephenkb @Ned_Donovan This is where a particularly British kind of compromise is exposed. Honours are still conce… https://t.co/u5YLqhr7wo @benatipsosmori @philipjcowley He could have just put up a picture of Austen Chamberlain or Adlai Stevenson to make that point. @Metatone2 I don't think it likely (and I am not personally sab-like on the issue). New Tory Leavers do not like th… https://t.co/yAZxOlIt4S @NataliaAntonova During jury deliberations (where both the alleged victim and alleged assailant were black women),… https://t.co/iDbpuyJXEX @DavidHenigUK @geekethics Both of these qualify for 'One Nation' descriptions, and there are many Tories, both then… https://t.co/gDFGuGITTK @DavidHenigUK @geekethics Since 1832, there have been two kinds of 'broad Conservative' electoral project in Britai… https://t.co/bjhlGHxwgp @Nina_Dattebayo In 2020, I will be a tiny bit of a public school. @jamesrbuk @pennyb This is, I think, key to his understanding of politics; the great figures like Churchill are ess… https://t.co/OENsCKNXVb @jamesrbuk @pennyb But, if he is successful enough, this won't matter. Whatever works in this Parliament will be so… https://t.co/W9f2V3RgPA @jamesrbuk @lukemcgee That is enough to be a successful Conservative leader. You can trace consistent threads of pr… https://t.co/NUdNvy7Aua @jamesrobking @gm_stone The moral outrage tends to precede actually convincing people of the defects of the 2010s r… https://t.co/n0qnTjBesn
12/28
2019
@joncstone @ojessen I do think that this comment is merely a kind of negative exceptionalism. Patronage or soft com… https://t.co/ZfUVEa7DYg @celestialweasel @TheMrBibby They certainly exist - take Harvey Road, where the Keynes family lived, where the hous… https://t.co/w7KVlaENy8
12/27
2019
@thhamilton @MissLauraMarcus Our vulpine friends are normally nocturnal creatures. It had probably been up since the previous evening. @nicolab77 The Spurs-Albion game froze at precisely the moment Webster was about to take his shot, so I never actua… https://t.co/WGpiyRJIV1 @PreachyPreach @yorksranter @DuncanWeldon @duncanrobinson Yes - IMO, the trolling stopped when both sides recognise… https://t.co/19LBPV7F2QJeremy Thorpe and the dog Heseltine and dog/squirrels Jo Swinson and the squirrels Maugham and the fox It's time… https://t.co/0Brxs7RjpZ
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12/26
2019

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