Giles WilkesI once wrote this about so-called geniuses that try to tear down the system without first learning how it works and, with rumours of attempts to overthrow decades-long conventions around PM resignation, I immodestly thought it worth retweeting on.ft.com/2OwaTKNpic.twitter.com/aw4X1yYUVy
Giles WilkesOk, it's 6:00am and I am checking this isn't a joke
The FT L: #Yellowhammer only reported mild(ish) disruption because vast numbers of cars etc would be turned away for lack of documentation
And the queues might be 150KM LONG... from Dover to GUILDFORD pic.twitter.com/OvmnP4qYvS
Giles WilkesNorman Smith on BBC Today Programme, discussing #Yellowhammer - "on a normal day, any one of these details would be a huge headline".
Goes on to liken it to entering an art gallery stuffed with masterpieces of disaster
As so often in the last three years, much of our political debate is ducking the central strategic questions and is obsessing, in increasingly hysterical fashion on all sides, about tactical ones. We…
Giles WilkesSo many quotable parts of Ivan Rogers' polemic, but fundamentally this:
"The central problem with ‘no deal’ is that it is being heavily (mis)sold as providing certainty, finality – a ‘clean break’ – when it would manifestly do nothing of the sort."
Plutocracy is a feature of American democracy, not a bug
Giles WilkesThe Koch brothers "helped corrupt the American right, mislead the public and destroy a healthy bipartisan consensus on global warming". Against this, their philanthropy counts for little. economist.com/node/21770670?… via @The Economist
Giles WilkesThis is a HUGE story from @ChrisGiles_ - "Brexit has cut UK productivity by up to 5%, says BoE". Before any kind of Brexit has happened
Because percentages sound little, it won't get the coverage it deserves. It's £40-100bn of lost income *every* year 1/
(all of this puts at too great length what FlipChartRick’s greatest Venn Diagram of the Coalition period says in a single picture. One of the weakest and yet most common arguments you will he…
Giles WilkesDon't know what to make of the Govt's conversion to fiscal laxity. On the one hand, it's horribly cynical just before a No Deal that destroys the tax base; on the other, I've been furious about unrealistically tight spending for years (see 2014 post)