A new Rough Guide to England has just been published, and understandably it does not mince its words, saying that talking to strangers, especially in London, “can be seen as tantamount to physical assault“. As a resident of London that strikes me as very close to the truth! I have helped my share of tourists to find their way, but then again I am not born and bred here… I do wish visitors would not block the escalators in the Underground with bags though! The guide also says that the English are “overweight, alcopop-swilling, sex-and-celebrity obsessed television addicts“. No comment on that one. Anyway, this article from The Sun and this from the BBC give some more information.
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Repeat: Johnson wants to deliver Brexit at any cost. DUP do not. This is the fundamental divide which could yet bring the edifice crashing down. https://t.co/1bVHxCGTr7
*If* solution is a customs border in Irish Sea (something Theresa May said no PM could accept), that’s going to make arithmetic UK side v hard
Lose the DUP (almost certain) and Johnson is going to need about 20 Labour MPs. And every single Tory (inc ERG).
Not going to work
Having spent time in 🇦🇱 & 🇲🇰 it really saddens me to see what’s happening to these countries’ accession efforts
There’s no sensible reason to not *start* talks with both!
I talked to @rte (Ireland’s national broadcaster) about the EU’s failure to respond positively to Albanian and North Macedonian aspirations to open membership negotiations.
France, in particular, is behaving appallingly.
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