We looked inside some of the tweets by @peterwalker99 and here's what we found interesting.
Inside 100 Tweets
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Like me, you probably never wanted to read another word about a certain L Fox, but do make an exception for this piece, as it's brilliant. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2020/jan/23/want-to-know-what-racism-feels-like-ask-laurence-fox
“Every tax freeze costs about 300 deaths from liver disease” Extraordinary figures from Nick Sheron at the launch of the Sixth @TheLancet Commission on liver disease, showing just how tightly mortality tracks the affordability of alcohol
Strongest hint yet from UK govt that Huawei will be given role in UK's 5G network - from my colleague @peterwalker99 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jan/23/government-hints-huawei-given-role-uk-5g-network?CMP=share_btn_tw
The eventual downside of the lack of any challenge or interest is, presumably, that before too long most people will not bother tuning in just to listen to a prime minister endlessly praising his own achievements.
"Would the prime minister like to comment on the great endeavours of the Transport Ministry in achieving record tractor production this year?"
There's very possibly some dictators out there who, if presented with these questions in advance for a choreographed press conference, might protest that they're all a bit embarrassingly easy.
First question of Facebook "PMQs" shows how pointless it is. Question is what happens if EU gives a worse trade deal than Canada et al. Johnson says: "I don’t think that’s going to happen." Question not answered, no follow up. Pretty soon we're onto, "What shampoo do you use?"
This is not to argue against politicians/PMs taking questions direct from the public. That's a good thing. But when the questions are hand-picked in advance, with no follow-up or scrutiny, it's an almost entirely pointless spectacle.
Boris Johnson does another of his softball "People's PMQs" on Facebook at 5pm. After the last one, colleague @AndrewSparrow said it made the PM "look like some second-rate despot holed up in his bunker, terrified of an actual encounter with his people". That seemed fair to me.
Excellent podcast by @peterwalker99 on a truly horrific case.
Listen to Paul Blackburn's bravery. Listen to how he was treated by the state. Imagine spending 25 years in prison for a crime you didn't commit.
A broken justice system still robs the innocent of their freedom. https://twitter.com/peterwalker99/status/1216618546974920705
The PMQs snap verdict by colleague @AndrewSparrow is always very good, but this week is a particularly vintage edition.
Nandy didn't know Phillips had formally backed her (I asked). But she didn't seem entirely surprised: "She's a mate."
Nandy is answering questions from Centrepoint staff as news comes in that Jess Phillips is now backing her. Did Nandy know in advance? Guess we'll find out. She might not know even yet.
This is the most policy-rich speech I’ve heard Lisa Nandy give in the leadership process so far. On social security she had both a broad vision - make it fair and consensual again - and specific ideas, eg more tax on wealth, oblige employers to make up for poverty wages.
Nandy used to work for Centrepoint before going into Parliament and she’s being introduced by her old boss. For some people this would be a tricky moment, but seems to be going OK so far.
I’m in a packed room at homelessness charity Centrepoint in London where Lisa Nandy is about to speak about the future of social security & welfare. Her team have done the traditional ruse of having an over-subscribed event by booking a very small venue.
Dominic Cummings thinktank called for 'end of BBC in current form' and a campaign by the Right to undermine its credibility, describing the broadcaster as a ‘mortal enemy’ https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/21/dominic-cummings-thinktank-called-for-end-of-bbc-in-current-form?CMP=share_btn_tw
To reiterate my point from yesterday: embargoes are primarily done for the convenience of reporters (in this case) and press officers. There's perfectly good arguments against embargoes, but flouting them doesn't suddenly make you a bold campaigner for press freedom.
In their latest gripping report about busting the lobby "cartel", @GuidoFawkes identify one malcontent at today's briefing as colleague @jessicaelgot - which seems unlikely given she's on maternity leave. Perhaps to some reporters, female lobby reporters are interchangeable.
This is a great read by @tom_watson - a fascinating personal story, but also some really interesting thoughts on the societal pressures that shape people’s health, not least the malign (and NHS-breaking) influence of Big Sugar.