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The big questions left hanging by the Liberal Democrats' 2019 post-mortem
www.newstatesman.com
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Interesting critique of the Thornhill report by @steohenkb.

19/05/2020
What went wrong for the Lib Dems in the election? Jo Swinson made a bold but disastrous decision
www.independent.co.uk
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@JohnRentoul spells it out - giving Boris his election was a self-destructive decision by Jo Swinson.

17/05/2020
2019 Election Review
www.libdems.org.uk
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"The review into the Liberal Democrat 2019 European and General Election campaigns has been published. Read it here." Fascinating detail. Somewhat grim!

15/05/2020
Diplomacy, disrupted
www.politico.eu
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Good long piece. Ireland getting it right; US and UK getting it wrong.

Political journalists under fire
members.tortoisemedia.com
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Good piece. In general I am with the journalists and less sympathetic to government complaints about being asked difficult questions.

06/05/2020
'I feel a tremendous sense of humility': MP Tony Lloyd on how NHS saved his life
www.theguardian.com
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Fascinating first-person account of surviving COVID-19 from former shadow Northern Ireland secretary.

04/05/2020
No Deal Brexit increasingly likely, on top of COVID-19!
www.linkedin.com
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Former Taoiseach John Bruton is pessimistic.

29/04/2020
Boris Johnson and the Optimism Delusion
www.theatlantic.com
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One of the realities of the past few weeks, however, is that optimism has zero medical ability to stop the spread of a pandemic.

28/04/2020
The fatal hike that became a Nazi propaganda coup
www.theguardian.com
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Fascinating long read from a few years back.

30/03/2020
Putting Lipstick on a Bigotry
foreignpolicy.com
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Nick Timothy’s book caustically reviewed by @garvanwalshe.

29/03/2020
Time for Johnson to get serious about crisis management skills. My twenty check points for his briefing team
alastaircampbell.org
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From @CampbellClaret, but with a lot of other helpful thoguhts about the psychology of the situation.

Why a Brexit Transition Extension Should Be a UK Economic Priority
apcoworldwide.com
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From my @APCOWorldwide colleague @MyNameIsEarl. Entirely sensible.

25/03/2020
The worst British Prime Minister ever
onlinelibrary.wiley.com
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Brilliant review of David Cameron's memoirs. A must-read.

18/03/2020
How British foreign policy lost the art of grand strategy
www.newstatesman.com
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Here "lost" means "deliberately cast away".

27/02/2020
Why John McDonnell’s comparison of Julian Assange to Dreyfus is absurd and offensive
www.newstatesman.com
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Well put, by @KarenPollock100 of @HolocaustUK.

24/02/2020
Computer says no to Europeans in Britain
www.politico.eu
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I remember when Brexiteers were telling us that there was nothing to worry about, and then that it was all fake news.

Meet The Woman Who Is Uncovering Sexual Assault And Misconduct In Westminster
www.elle.com
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Grim reading. And I doubt if the European Parliament is any better.

Streatham attack: preventing terrorist atrocities will require more than tough noises from simple-minded ministers
www.prospectmagazine.co.uk
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@davidallengreen: "other than temporarily keeping people off the streets, putting people in prison is invariably an expensive exercise in making society worse"

British Ports Association Concerned About Brexit Comments
www.maritime-executive.com
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As well they might be.

04/02/2020
The end of the affair: what next for Britain after Brexit?
www.newstatesman.com
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Long and thoughtful from @JeremyCliffe.

30/01/2020
The Seamus Mallon I knew: a brave and generous Irish chieftain
2irelands2gether.com
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Lovely tribute by @AndyJPollak.

Oliver Cromwell, the man who wouldn’t be king
www.newstatesman.com
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Interesting and thoughtful from @TheLordWilliams. But Cromwell’s record on Ireland is not mentioned, and persecuting Catholics apparently doesn’t count.

28/01/2020
Brexit is happening, but the constitution is saved
www.prospectmagazine.co.uk
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Important from @DavidAllenGreen on the real value of @thatGinaMiller's court cases.

27/01/2020
A time for generosity
www.euractiv.com
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And we're not seeing it form the British government towards EU citizens who have lived in the UK for many years.

23/01/2020
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