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David Allen Green
Law and policy commentator at , blogger at . Small 'l' liberal. Account locked when not in use.
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David Allen Green 22m
Replying to @nickdhurt @FT
Of course, Nick. But in your rush to express your certainty and to insult, you are missing a fundamental point.
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David Allen Green 25m
Replying to @EdwardHarkins
If there were a better set of historical examples, I would use them..!
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David Allen Green 27m
Replying to @JackofKent @DExEUgov
Post now up at on daft but rather telling use of midnight "strict" embargoes:
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David Allen Green 29m
Replying to @EdwardHarkins
Seems apt. Ditto Suez.
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David Allen Green 34m
Replying to @RettopNoj @JackofKent
Put simply: if UK were not a member of EU, I would not campaign to join it. Indifferent on ultimate membership issue.
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David Allen Green 47m
Nice, from SNP's Brexit minister. Thank you.
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David Allen Green 49m
Replying to @nickdhurt @FT
Hi Nick, your insult falls flat, I am afraid. I am not against Brexit in principle. I have also analysed embargo announcement. Sorry!
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @mattholehouse
Sorry! Then you are one of the great lobby journalists I mentioned too.
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @BriW74
Same point, different detail ;-)
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @davidallengreen
12. Percival lost Singapore because things were pointed in the wrong direction. Brexit ministers risk making a similar mistake. /ends
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @davidallengreen
11. UK may still get its Brexit act together, but ministers need to stop thinking only in Westminster/Whitehall/lobby terms. Not central.
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David Allen Green 2h
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10. So we have daft embargoes and Davis giving desperate interviews, while UK lags behind on position papers and proper preparation.
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @davidallengreen
9. UK government still thinks domestic media are the most important audience. Ministers are approaching Brexit with a "lobby" mentality.
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David Allen Green 2h
8. Brilliant people at (especially ) but also elsewhere, eg
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @davidallengreen
7. The Brussels desks of most news organisiations are now better guides to how Brexit will affect the UK than anyone with lobby passes.
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @davidallengreen
6. This is not to criticise the lobby- many great journalists - but key information is not now often with Westminster/Whitehall contacts.
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @davidallengreen
5. Brexit simply does not suit the lobby model of political news reporting. Hence disproportionate space given to empty off-record stuff.
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @davidallengreen
4. The thing about Brexit is that little useful information is currently in Whitehall/Westminster - there is bluff and bluster instead.
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @davidallengreen
3. But if that is where the useful information is, then it (sort of) works. Horse for the course.
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David Allen Green 2h
Replying to @davidallengreen
2. Many deride/dislike the lobby system, based on Whitehall briefing and ongoing relationships between Westminster journalists and contacts.
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