Violinist, teacher and coach. Politics, communication, Formula 1, Test Cricket and gardening. And cats. Lots about cats. Mostly one cat in particular.

Joined September 2017
The beautiful, magnificent, beguiling Miss Cassie passed away last night. I don't know what I will do without her.
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And so it begins. An elegant climb-down is being offered - Truss would be well advised to take it. #bbcpm
It is critical that the government is honest about the current situation & plays its part in stabilising markets. It can keep a growth plan but needs to make changes. Not doing so will only continue further stress & strain on UK citizens.
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Ah, so she's trapped somewhere between denial and delusion, then? #bbcpm
No 10 tells me that Liz Truss is standing by Kwasi Kwarteng despite pressure on him to quit. A spokesman said: "The PM and the Chancellor are working on the supply side reforms needed to grow the economy which will be announced in the coming weeks".
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A Tory MP speaks. #bbcpm
In the words of Norman Lamont on Black Wednesday: “today has been a very difficult day”. These are not circumstances beyond the control of Govt/Treasury . They were authored there. This inept madness cannot go on
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To be fair to Sunak, he warned the Tory faithful. And more than once. He couldn't have been more explicit. But they didn't want to hear it, even if it was what they needed to hear. #bbcpm
Replying to @nadinebh_
16 July 2022: Rishi Sunak and Krishnan Guru-Murthy tell Liz Truss borrowing for tax cuts will make inflation worse and mortgage rates worse Truss rebuffs them
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The tone of this is all business. Zelensky really is excellent at reading the room. He knows how weak Truss is and how to leverage it. #bbcpm
Had a phone conversation with 🇬🇧 PM @trussliz. The UK has always been among the leaders in supporting Ukraine. We expect London’s leadership in reaction to Russian sham referenda as well. Defense and financial aid to Ukraine must be enhanced in response.
Hard to see how Keir Starmer survives this …
It's hard to see, in the real world, how the Tory Party conference can go ahead next week with the current situation as it is. But they'll still do it. Which I'm sort of glad about because it could become a surrealist masterpiece in many ways. #bbcpm
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Oh, I'll just bet he will... #bbcpm
EXC: Rishi Sunak will not attend Conservative Party conference. He’ll be in Yorkshire instead. Ally says former chancellor will give Truss all the space she needs to own the moment
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Three weeks in, most of which has been taken up by official death of the monarch stuff, there is a very real possibility that the Chancellor, and even perhaps the PM, will be forced to resign. This really is crazy stuff - even by the standards of Britain today. #bbcpm
Quick update from Treasury sources on chancellor and the economic plan. Told CX not resigning and there will be "no reversal of policy"
Spare a thought for the new Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch on board HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York Harbour as she delivers a keynote speech today telling an "audience of US investors why the UK is the best place in the world to invest".
I've heard Truss and Kwarteng talk endlessly about growth. But I've seen no evidence at all that they have the first idea of how to deliver it. Are they hoping they can speak it into existence? #r4today
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Friday: ‘Cuts to stamp duty will get the housing market moving and support first-time buyers’ -Kwasi Kwarteng Tuesday: ‘300 mortgage deals have been pulled by banks and building societies after fall in the pound fuelled forecasts of jump in interest rates to nearly 6%’
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Until the Tory party is so threatened that the rule changes, obviously... #bbcpm #c4news
Tory MPs may be penning new letters of no confidence in Liz Truss but, as we report on @TheNewsDesk tonight, there's a little known 1922 Committee rule (confirmed by Sir Graham Brady) that a new leader can't be challenged during their first 12 months. So she's safe for a year.
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Well done, Ben. You did the right thing, whatever the consequences. A lot of men wouldn't. #thearchers
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Radical idea, I know, to have an asset on the country's balance sheet that the British people actually own, Mr Hope. #bbcpm #c4news
A "Great British Energy company" is something of which Jeremy Corbyn would be proud. Where is Sir Keir Starmer's offer to middle Britain? #Lab22
Could we just pitch for quietly efficient, please? #bbcpm
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This must be sticking in Nelson's throat. #bbcpm
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Fraser 'it's going wrong all over the world' Nelson. Not as badly wrong as it's going here, Mr Nelson. #bbcpm
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Ahem. #bbcpm
🚨 NEW POLLING 🚨 Do you think it would be a good idea for the government to set up an energy company which is publicly owned, aiming to create low cost environmentally friendly energy? ALL VOTERS Good Idea 72% Bad idea 9% CONSERVATIVE VOTERS Good Idea 72% Bad idea 11%
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