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Billy Bragg
A progressive is someone who wants to see society re-organised so that everyone has access to the means by which to reach their full potential
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Billy Bragg 14m
Shirley Collins and I talking about the life of song hunter Alan Lomax, who first recorded Woody and Lead Belly among many others, was broadcast on today. You can listen again here
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Jon Snow 2h
Breaking News: The European Parliament is to investigate Nigel Farage over Arron Banks expenses paid to him whilst he was a serving MEP, and never declared. This following our Channel 4 News investigation aired last week.
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The Big Issue 5h
Inside this week's mag, , , and on how to protest in 2019. Find your local vendor and pick up a copy this week:
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Billy Bragg 5h
Yeah, that's who my uncle played for.
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Pawel Swidlicki 7h
Solid analysis from . Its astonishing how much Brexit commentary is divorced from very recent lived political experience
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Laura Parker May 18
Don't let anyone tell you these don't matter - so much is on the line for EU migrants in the UK and the international fight against the far-right. Don't let Farage and his cronies win, vote Labour.
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Billy Bragg 6h
Replying to @stabiloFFC
Indeed - because they are tasked with making sense of the referendum result. I would argue that trying to do so would undermine the effectiveness of any political party - The Brexit Party included
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Billy Bragg 6h
Replying to @kevinmarks
But the notion that a 'win' for Remain parties will have any effect on what happens at Westminster is fantasy. There will still be the need to find a majority for a remain option in the Commons. That's not going to be simple.
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Billy Bragg 6h
Replying to @almwatt
No chance. First Past the Post will see to that.
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Billy Bragg 6h
Replying to @ajacksost
The right thing? Some would say that would be to respect the result of the referendum. But I don't buy your notion that by simply coming out for a PV, the issue would be resolved. You would still have to find a majority for it in the Commons, which so far has proved impossible
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Billy Bragg 6h
Replying to @kevinmarks
Clear - providing you're not having to find a majority for it in the Commons. Then it becomes intractable.
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Billy Bragg 7h
Replying to @kevinmarks
I'm talking about forming a majority in the Commons that agrees on the meaning of the referendum result. That's no been possible so far.
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Billy Bragg 7h
Replying to @jamesferrando
In the sense that, in order to win a majority in the Commons, you'd need 400 people to all have the same point of view on the meaning of referendum result, which so far has not been possible to construct.
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Billy Bragg 7h
Replying to @ajacksost
I'm assuming you have one of those very simple solutions I mentioned?
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Billy Bragg 7h
Replying to @almwatt
Er, the point is that they are not going to form a government, so can say whatever they like.
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Billy Bragg 7h
Leaving the two main parties out of this graph suggests that, while the smaller parties can say whatever they want - No Deal or PV - those hoping to form a govt are confounded by the intractable reality of dealing with the referendum result.
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Dwdley 9h
makes a valid point in "The Three Dimensions of Freedom": when Samuel Johnson quipped that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel", Johnson was berating scoundrels, not patriotism....
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Paul Mason 11h
Why Remainers should keep the faith and vote Labour on Thursday... excellent from ⁦
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Billy Bragg 22h
I'll be speaking about the Three Dimension of Freedom at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in London on Sunday 9th June
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Billy Bragg 22h
Replying to @zoesqwilliams @BBCPM
If only Carl Benjamin would take that advice. He believes threatening to rape a female MP is free speech. Maybe next time you're on , make the case that hurling a milkshake is protected under the right to freedom of expression.
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