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Novara Media is an independent, left-wing alternative media organisation based in the United Kingdom.

Novara Media was founded in 2011 by James Butler and Aaron Bastani, who met in the same year during the protests against the increase in UK university tuition fees. Novara Media is a trading name of Thousand Hands Ltd, and its office and studio is in south-east London.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 09:30 (one month ago) link

Hey @TonyParsonsUK - do a voxpop on this question on a high street of your choosing outside of London for @novaramedia?

That would be the definition of ‘getting out’, no? I’m pretty sure what the results would be….but always worth testing a hypothesis…. https://t.co/yyvQ9oSN8y

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) October 3, 2022

the pinefox, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 09:30 (one month ago) link

That tweet is pretty much what they do. Create noise outside mainstream media circles, say the mildest dissenting thing in the hope that it gets invited for a 'debate'. Creating more noise, recognition and subs so they can pay themselves.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 11:49 (one month ago) link

https://novaramedia.com/2022/10/03/kwarteng-performs-screeching-u-turn-lula-faces-bolsonaro-in-brazil/

AB: "I do at the moment think that Labour would broadly govern like the Tories ... somewhat better, obviously".

the pinefox, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 22:10 (one month ago) link

"I do love our Friday shows, Michael - they're quite sacred to me"

Sweet.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 4 October 2022 22:11 (one month ago) link

fwiw I doubt Novara will go full on "hooray Starmer" in the near future because, aside from everything else, it's not a good business decision - the vast majority of ppl who give them money can't stand the guy and would withdraw if the site became that

more likely to have an era of conflicted back and forth ending at a "regretfully, we still encourage you to vote labour" message when elections come around

as I said before, my personal problem with the place is less about its ideological dodginess than the emphasis on low effort punditry which you could get from many free sources

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 10:09 (one month ago) link

Was Michael "sweet" when he supported an immigration points-based system?

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 10:14 (one month ago) link

Daniel RF: I agree with most of your comment - it would not be pragmatic for them to alienate their own base. I also think there does seem to be a 'conflicted' attitude emerging, or rather: to my surprise, Walker for instance seems quite keen on a Labour government.

I don't much agree about low effort punditry: as far as I can see, they use experts and people who are based on the places they write about. Brazilian commentator this week one of dozens of examples.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 10:42 (one month ago) link

Getting experts on isn't actually high effort tho! I mean it's fine, a necessary part of the picture, the low effort punditry I was refering to was the novara host's own, not the interview sections. As I said, what's missing is actual research based investigative journalism, which is in v short supply in the UK from any corner and near non existant from a leftist pov.

I accept the explanation that they don't have the money for that yet but I do doubt they'll ever be interested in going down that avenue.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 10:54 (one month ago) link

hard to trust them not to melt with any proximity to power - they sold out everything else for corbynism when it was big and will sell out corbynism for some kind of "critical" starmerism if that's all there is going in terms of mainstream relevance. I'm sure they do some good reporting but punditry-wise they seem to aspire to be the leftmost mainstream or most mainstream left media and will punch left if that helps them get there

my language sounds a lot more disdainful than I intend it I know it's just a job for most of these people and a huge part of my problem is just bastani

your original display name is still visible (Left), Wednesday, 5 October 2022 11:13 (one month ago) link

you just *know* they would have supported the british war effort in WW1

your original display name is still visible (Left), Wednesday, 5 October 2022 11:15 (one month ago) link

Is there not room for an alternative to Novara? That can reach similar or larger numbers of people. Maybe there already is/are, it seems there should be more than enough room for a range of choices in this sphere (whatever this sphere is). They don't really seem to have much competition (unless they're competing with US channels, which I guess they probably are)

I agree with most of your comment - it would not be pragmatic for them to alienate their own base

The low effort comment, maybe, it feels quite...comfortable? like they are coasting. I don't really know who their base is though

anvil, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 11:22 (one month ago) link

I guess Tribune would be that? I will say the Politics Theory Other podcast is consistently more illuminating than Novara for me.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 11:25 (one month ago) link

Tribune has a better set of writers and is more consistent with their opinions.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 11:33 (one month ago) link

THE OWEN JONES SHOW or Youtube channel is roughly parallel to Novara. I think he talks to relevant people, but I don't think he is as good at this particular job (hosting, anchoring, interviewing, etc) as his Novara counterparts.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 11:49 (one month ago) link

Daniel RF: I don't share your impression that Novara don't do investigations, though accept it's not their #1 activity. They claim to have 'broken the Labour Leaks story'; they disclosed new information about the mistreatment of Apsana Begum MP; etc. Rivkah Brown is the main reporter on that front I believe.

Bastani also wrote an article in c. January 2020 questioning the funding and personnel of KS's campaign, issues which were ignored by the people who went on to vote for KS as LOTO.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 11:53 (one month ago) link

Novara are kind of first entrants ito being populist leftist media that does social media and attempts to reach young and youngish people where they are. Personally can’t stand any of the men except James Butler. Ash Sarkar I will nearly always defend despite her being daft more often than not cos she gets huge amounts of racism, but I’m reminded of a leftist I follow whose take when she first started to become prominent was “finally there’s someone on TV as left wing as me…but why does it have to be Ash Sarkar?”

barry sito (gyac), Wednesday, 5 October 2022 11:58 (one month ago) link

Somebody that listens as little and interrupts as much as Jones shouldn't be taken seriously by anyone

Novara aiming at younger and first entrant audience sounds right on paper, but I don't see how it works in practice. They don't really stream, they don't do debates or have people call in, their funnel seems to be mainly from TV stuff, arguing with the likes of Piers Morgan, and its not that clear there's much in the way of insight

They feel like a recreation of legacy media. I think the only reason they're any kind of first step is due to the free advertizing they get on TV shows, and name recognition out of that. And does their audience even skew younger? (not saying it does or it doesn't so if stats show it does fair enough)

anvil, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 12:18 (one month ago) link

I mean they don't do debates on their channel (as far as I'm aware). I don't mean their TV appearances

anvil, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 12:20 (one month ago) link

They didn't break the Lab leaks story, did they? The Begum story isn't theirs either (though Rivkah seems an ok reporter on it). Overall, these stories are widely reported in this left crank ecosystem and they are no better at commentary than a loud twitter account with a Mario avatar.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 12:26 (one month ago) link

I don't know if Politics Joe counts as left, I've no idea what the rules are, but just has a quick look and view counts are killing Novaras (off marginally fewer subscribers)

anvil, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 12:28 (one month ago) link

Again, if you curate your twitter it was widely known who Starmer was hanging out with in 2020. These deficiencies are now being turned by Bastani, who is calling Starmer Machiavellic in 2022, when things have turned around purely because of timing.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 12:31 (one month ago) link

yeah the Starmer aftertiming by Bastani last week just sums up what a self-serving muppet he is. There are plenty of non-affiliated nobodies on twitter who can comment on politics in a more consistent manner without all the grandstanding that comes from being involved with a content factory or doing all that "watch my video" bollox!

calzino, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 12:48 (one month ago) link

a lot of them seem like the kind of people who have always harboured an ambition to pursue a media career, so precisely the chirpy "influencer" types who are not aimed at grumpy old bastards like me. But I feel like anyone self-assured enough to upload videos of themselves talking shite every day is going to be politically dodgy and compromised because they love doing this shit so much!

calzino, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 13:12 (one month ago) link

This is pure guesswork on my part, but I'd imagine the "younger" demographic Novara targets is probably like thirtysomething millenials. Which is still younger compared to the rest of the UK media, sure.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 13:18 (one month ago) link

Thats more or less my reading too, its difficult to see them as any kind of entry point for younger audiences and I don't see the effort or drive to do that. Which leads to its kind of cozy existence effectively advertized by guest slots on breakfast tv shows, and this generally coasting feel

anvil, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 13:31 (one month ago) link

Any left-wing landlords about?

Do I know any London estate agents and/or landlords who would be up for being interviewed for a podcast?

— Michael Walker (@michaeljswalker) October 5, 2022

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 19:11 (one month ago) link

like he hasn't got the contact details of LRM on his rolodex, the fooking tool. How many of them there are would an interesting subject. From a '21 audit there are 18 Labour MP/Landlords - seems to way too low to me.

calzino, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 20:41 (one month ago) link

Michael Walker has previously stated that all landlords should be abolished.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 21:47 (one month ago) link

once you've previously advanced the class struggle by some weak lip service ya get a free pass on NOT advancing the class struggle, sounds pretty solid tbf!

calzino, Wednesday, 5 October 2022 22:04 (one month ago) link

Michael Walker has previously stated that all landlords should be abolished.

How would this work in practice?
(I know one answer is "have a revolution", but within the context of a parliamentary democratic framework, how would it happen?)

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 6 October 2022 09:14 (one month ago) link

It doesn't. From what I can tell, in Germany (not Italy) you have rent controls, restrictions on landlord eviction and standard regulations but even then I don't think this is the case throughout Germany (just from the fact we see a lot more about Berlin in the media here...basically because a lot of writers spend their time in Berlin).

And Walker is a social democrat, he believes in regulation rather than forced land redistribution.

And land is the key fact of life here. The Royal Family are landlords, Universities are landlords, as are many bosses who buy a 2nd home. Many people who grow up by the sea/scenic areas cannot afford to live there as prices are pushed up by air BnB landlordship. It must all be destroyed and the last thing they need is to be talked to and understood in any way.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 6 October 2022 09:40 (one month ago) link

I agree with Grandpoint Genie - I was not sure what MW was actually proposing.

Was he saying that all housing should be social housing?

I assume that when MW talks to the landlords he will be critical. Or perhaps, as he's interviewing them, that won't be a viable strategy.

the pinefox, Thursday, 6 October 2022 11:05 (one month ago) link

tbh my guess is that MW wanted a very specific "unmediated" reaction-shot response from a.n.other landlord(s) specifically to the mini-budget -- you don't set up an interrogation stroke show-trial of an entire social layer and political-economic structure by trawling thru yr own follows (which will at best supply the view from a novara-adjacent sub-niche of the class in question) and for a general whitewashing of the landlord perspective you can just pick up any other paper

i'm not going to say this is NO different from the old far-left nostrum that revolutionaries should read the financial times and ignore the guardian -- not least bcz conflicted dynamics within the hostile forces is useful to know and a reconfiguration of some sort is possibly unfolding right now -- but the differences are more abt the pay-offs of public performativity of yr craft technique than the wisdom the nostrum does contain (which is where you gain the most solid info to help shape tactics and strategy)

the pitiless panopticon of soc-med has actually made tactics and strategy much harder in all political quarters (left AND right), a point that's going to be historically very interesting if we can live thru to a point where histories get written

mark s, Thursday, 6 October 2022 11:17 (one month ago) link

"the pay-offs of public performativity of yr craft technique" -- i.e. these are self-evidently mainly negative hence our response in this thread

transparency is good not bad but also bad not good to put it in ddd-speak

mark s, Thursday, 6 October 2022 11:18 (one month ago) link

"the old far-left nostrum that revolutionaries should read the financial times and ignore the guardian"

Bastani repeats this frequently.

the pinefox, Thursday, 6 October 2022 11:22 (one month ago) link

worth noting those same "far lefties" are *absolutely banjaxed* by the arrival of the internet and now subsist as tiny grumpy ageing sects

mark s, Thursday, 6 October 2022 11:26 (one month ago) link

not that the nostrum directly entails this outcome BUT

mark s, Thursday, 6 October 2022 11:26 (one month ago) link

the pitiless panopticon of soc-med has actually made tactics and strategy much harder in all political quarters (left AND right), a point that's going to be historically very interesting if we can live thru to a point where histories get written

always hard to predict the future but imho the current situation w.r.t. social media makes it harder, coz as far as I can see "social media will be dead within 5 years and the likes of Zuckerberg, Musk etc will be recognised as pernicious more widely" and "social media will continue to burgeon and be developed technically so we all* have (non?)invasive direct brain-to-site interfaces"** are pretty much equally likely outcomes.

* prolly actually not all
** and if you think things are bad now, that's when the sh*t really hits the fan!

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 6 October 2022 11:59 (one month ago) link

"Predictions are a fool's errand" -- Dr Aaron Bastani

the pinefox, Thursday, 6 October 2022 12:02 (one month ago) link

"It'll go higher"

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 6 October 2022 12:17 (one month ago) link

my prediction

this:

Everything happens so much

— Horse ebooks (@Horse_ebooks) June 28, 2012

but more of it

mark s, Thursday, 6 October 2022 12:18 (one month ago) link

I've often heard left people say you should read The Economist or the FT because you get into The Capitalist mindset. Well done Bastani for regurgitating this stuff, he'll probably get to work in his beloved media if the world doesn't burn first.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 6 October 2022 12:24 (one month ago) link

when we are mining asteroids so 15 billion people can take a crap on a 24 carat gold toilet and during adverse El Nino seasons there are no famines because ppl can make synthetic steaks on a 3d printer, then people won't be laughing at him then

calzino, Thursday, 6 October 2022 12:30 (one month ago) link

If Bastani haggled ppl to read Trotsky I'd respect the trolling.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 6 October 2022 13:16 (one month ago) link

I get put off by the dissonance between their modern presentation (i.e. pretty good website and slick youtubing) and old fashioned content (not much changed since Tribune of the 80s, ie. on-point but poorly sourced and edited). That said the sweep of reporting on the site was surprisingly broad to me - I had written them off based on Bastani et al’s obnoxious screen presences and the gloomy sense that they’re all en route to being future Parsons and O’Neills

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 6 October 2022 14:37 (one month ago) link

"the gloomy sense that they’re all en route to being future Parsons and O’Neills"

What is the cause of this sense?

the pinefox, Thursday, 6 October 2022 14:55 (one month ago) link

yeah I could imagine Bastani going totally Brendan in later middle age.

calzino, Thursday, 6 October 2022 14:56 (one month ago) link

not sure precisely what i wanted to prove with this but i went off and checked their relative ages:
parsons b.1953
o'neill wikipedia doesn't say but since he wrote for living marxism my guess is not later than 1980; probably somewhat earlier (he edited spiked! from 2007)
bastani b.83/84 (unsure why wikipedia is unsure lol)
sarkar 92

butler doesn't have a wikipedia entry at all but i think he's much the same age as bastani

my half-baked point is that by now the novara kids are all some way older and set in their ways than TP and BoN were when they became entirely unreadable (i suspect BoN was always entirely unreadable)

mark s, Thursday, 6 October 2022 14:58 (one month ago) link

i guess sarkar still has time to do a tony parsons but this seems quite unlikely

mark s, Thursday, 6 October 2022 15:00 (one month ago) link

Also, why pay attention to PMQs, unless an announcement on policy is made?

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 14:21 (one month ago) link

Señor Starmer, es un gran mentiroso !!

the pinefox, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 14:33 (one month ago) link

posting like excitable kids whilst on their 6th holiday of the year, that's "luxury communism" in a nutshell for you!

calzino, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 15:11 (one month ago) link

Bunch of grifters

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 15:21 (one month ago) link

Who said it better? @michaeljswalker gets my vote pic.twitter.com/D2hWRu96mN

— Novara Memia (@NovaraMemia) October 26, 2022

the pinefox, Thursday, 27 October 2022 11:56 (four weeks ago) link

Tysky Sour from 1 week ago.

https://novaramedia.com/2022/10/20/liz-truss-resigns-as-prime-minister/

Bastani emphatically stating that he expects the Con party to be decimated at next GE and it would take extraordinary, unprecedented leadership to prevent this.

I find this very incautious. We are two years from an election. The Con party is a corrupt machine that is dedicated to power and can count on lots of corporate and media support. Not many people like the LOTO. Seems intuitive that there is now a good chance of the Con party recovering to something like parity, though not winning a huge victory next time.

the pinefox, Thursday, 27 October 2022 22:49 (four weeks ago) link

Rishi is already polling higher than Starmer in at least two "best pm" polls. It is a completely inane thing to poll like, but nevertheless I think we can safely say Bastani is much more interested in having a career and profile rather than seriously thinking bout what is really going on in UK politics.

calzino, Thursday, 27 October 2022 23:12 (four weeks ago) link

I don't think I can predict whether the Tories will explode or implode at the next GE but it seems unlikely that anything Labour do will determine the outcome

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Friday, 28 October 2022 00:09 (four weeks ago) link

Isn't that true of all UK elections? That they are lost by the incumbent party rather than won by the opposition, though its still on the opposition to some extent to be able take advantage of those mistakes

The thing about the tories is their gaslighting ability to always pretend they've somehow only just got in. I don't know if the constant leadership changes are necessarily perceived as negative when it comes down to it

anvil, Friday, 28 October 2022 02:12 (four weeks ago) link

tories have this legitimacy bias that seems to persist regardless of all unpopularity and incompetence and corruption and brutality it's like even if you hate them they feel like the sort of people who'd be in charge you know

your original display name is still visible (Left), Friday, 28 October 2022 02:50 (four weeks ago) link

tories have this legitimacy bias that seems to persist regardless of all unpopularity and incompetence and corruption and brutality it's like even if you hate them they feel like the sort of people who'd be in charge you know

I was thinking this a while ago when they went out on the street to interview Steve from Mansfield (64) every day for months on end, and one of the things that kept cropping up was 'Labour hadn't done this that and the other I'll never vote for them again'. And you could kind of read it as 'oh they didn't do that years ago when they were in power'. And you could also read it as referring to Labour councils too, both of these things are more than viable

But tying in to what you just said, I also got the feeling of Labour as CURRENTLY in power, as part of the government, as a kind of a Department of Opposition. And that you're not supposed to actually vote them in, they exist to keep the Tories in check and they had been failing at doing that.

I don't mean in a 'controlled opposition' sense, more a kind of conflating of they're part of parliament with they're part of government, and in more of a subconscious way

anvil, Friday, 28 October 2022 03:36 (four weeks ago) link

I don't know if the constant leadership changes are necessarily perceived as negative when it comes down to it

Reminds me of the model of management turnover that has been very successful for Chelsea FC.

the pinefox, Friday, 28 October 2022 11:00 (four weeks ago) link

It's entirely true about "legitimacy bias".

A while ago someone posted a Perry Anderson analysis from 60 years ago that showed the same thing.

This is also a factor in why the Con party will probably not emerge very badly from the next GE, contra Bastani.

the pinefox, Friday, 28 October 2022 11:01 (four weeks ago) link

I shouldn't say "probably". Truth is I don't know, but I think his predictions are oddly incautious this far out.

the pinefox, Friday, 28 October 2022 11:02 (four weeks ago) link

This is a much better assessment of the situation than "It'll go higher/lower".

https://newsocialist.org.uk/centrism-suppression-politics/

xyzzzz__, Friday, 28 October 2022 13:25 (four weeks ago) link

This person's gonna be on Novara next week pic.twitter.com/7TYW1HdkOC

— Hywel (@hywelroberts12) October 28, 2022

xyzzzz__, Friday, 28 October 2022 19:02 (four weeks ago) link

I know you want to cultivate that UnHerd “thoughtful” anti-liberal make you think world, with various the left wing case for something conservative, but come the fuck on. https://t.co/09egAVrnzW pic.twitter.com/tnUDOWCPBK

— Tom Gann (@Tom_Gann) November 1, 2022

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 14:07 (three weeks ago) link

bastani is only really useful as a sort of ideological weather vane but if this is the way the wind is blowing on the anglo left we are extremely fucked

your original display name is still visible (Left), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 14:56 (three weeks ago) link

Another case of green room poisoning…

put a VONC on it (suzy), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 15:04 (three weeks ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FgkVqvfXgAEDk17?format=jpg&name=small

corgi registered hot takes

calzino, Wednesday, 2 November 2022 15:46 (three weeks ago) link

If you don't like noise don't live in a city centre. And if you can afford to buy in a nice location you can afford to buy secondary glazing and a white noise machine. This stuff does my head in. They've already destroyed Brick Lane at night. https://t.co/az7csjPDZl

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 2, 2022

I am not sure I have ever heard of 'secondary glazing' before.

And ... a white noise machine ?!

the pinefox, Wednesday, 2 November 2022 19:30 (three weeks ago) link

you can buy white noise machines for £20-30

calzino, Wednesday, 2 November 2022 19:38 (three weeks ago) link

I've never heard of secondary glazing but have heard of double glazed windows, which I assume is the same thing.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 3 November 2022 10:59 (three weeks ago) link

there is actually such a thing as secondary glazing, you can have it installed additional to your double glazing for extra insulation.

calzino, Thursday, 3 November 2022 11:03 (three weeks ago) link

it cuts out noise as well

calzino, Thursday, 3 November 2022 11:03 (three weeks ago) link

Well I say I never learn anything new from Novara but!

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 3 November 2022 11:06 (three weeks ago) link

It gets used a fair amount for listed properties (because you don't need to remove the windows) - so it's sometimes instead of double glazing.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 3 November 2022 13:39 (three weeks ago) link

This is useful stat on Paul Mason if becomes a Lab MP: “He has proposed an increase in military spending by Britain from the present two per cent to “between 3 and 5 per cent of our GDP”, an increase of around £65 billion a year.”

£65 billion! A year! https://t.co/B8c65pRPps

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 3, 2022

the pinefox, Friday, 4 November 2022 00:06 (three weeks ago) link

there is nothing useful to be learned from lazy grifters commenting on Paul Mason, he's never going to be a Labour MP and nobody takes him seriously in the PLP these days, despite him rim jobbing Kieth in 2019. He's a marginal joke figure. Bastani should take another holiday or maybe just spend the money on some secondary glazing rather than posting, at least then he might not notice when kids throw conkers at his window!

calzino, Friday, 4 November 2022 00:26 (three weeks ago) link

Amusing!

the pinefox, Friday, 4 November 2022 08:58 (three weeks ago) link

Bastani is a lot more like Mason than he would like to think.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 4 November 2022 09:30 (three weeks ago) link

Am I on drugs? The guy who was the face of ‘stop Brexit’ now says ‘we had a vote on it’.

If he’d said that after 2017 we could well have had no hard Brexit, and dare I say no Tory government.

Personal ambitions within Labour trumped what mattered. pic.twitter.com/Uhn6nDumiA

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 6, 2022

Am I on drugs?

Good, perceptive tweet.

the pinefox, Sunday, 6 November 2022 13:11 (two weeks ago) link

Updated branch nominations in the race to be Labour’s next candidate in Sheffield Central:

Abtisam Mohammed: Broomhill & Sharrow Vale, Walkley, Manor

Rizwana Lala: Broomhill & Sharrow Vale, City, Walkley

Mike Buckley: City

Eddie Izzard: Manor

Jayne Dunn: 0

Paul Mason: 0

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 7, 2022

Obsessed.

the pinefox, Monday, 7 November 2022 13:30 (two weeks ago) link

Pure alternative world here but I reckon Bastani would've stood for Lab MP under a functioning left wing Lab party. And lost like this.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 7 November 2022 18:23 (two weeks ago) link

He can't help himself.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy fires back at bizarre speech by journalist Paul Mason trouncing the town. https://t.co/CVkBuOsYOw

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 7, 2022

the pinefox, Monday, 7 November 2022 23:44 (two weeks ago) link

“When you get off the train in Wigan the streets are dead and the only drinking places are standing places and the only people drinking are young men,”

is he concerned there are not enough old people drinking? He should check out one of the 'spoons in the north. The old boys are usually in there before 9am and they don't start on coffee.

calzino, Monday, 7 November 2022 23:58 (two weeks ago) link

AB is literally

a) posting early results from PM's attempt to be an MP in Sheffield
b) reviving old videos of PM, from years ago, that most of his followers have seen before
c) then posting the outraged response to the revival.

PM must feel like he is "living rent-free in AB's head". But also that AB is sabotaging his - seemingly already unsuccessful - attempt at a new career.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 8 November 2022 13:16 (two weeks ago) link

Last month Labour MPs clapped @ApsanaBegumMP after she spoke about the domestic violence she's endured and which she says the party has enabled.

Tonight she can't attend her local Labour fundraiser bc the party won't provide the necessary safeguards.

Claps don't protect women.

— Rivkah Brown (@RivkahBrown) November 9, 2022

the pinefox, Thursday, 10 November 2022 13:31 (two weeks ago) link

Its a great loss to comedy that Paul Mason probably won't be a Labour MP (unless Starmer stitches something up for him).

"The constituents are blaming councillors for pot holes & late bin collections? Don't they know that's a Moscow talking point?" pic.twitter.com/dFRuHBKFPH

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 11, 2022

the pinefox, Monday, 14 November 2022 09:59 (one week ago) link

His constituency selection is seemingly based on throwing darts at a map of the UK, with a blindfold, pissed. Maybe he'll go for the Isle of Wight next?

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 11, 2022

the pinefox, Monday, 14 November 2022 10:00 (one week ago) link

Forgot the existence of this riff.

my personal favourite take from an all-time Twitter takemaster. the big lad's brain became pure worms by the end. pic.twitter.com/qyxFTQ6fB8

— michael richmond (@Sisyphusa) November 18, 2022

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 November 2022 17:04 (one week ago) link

Novara watches the WC

Souness and Keane have wildly different political views. Souness hung the Queen's portrait up in the Rangers dressing room, Keane sung rebel songs playing for Ireland.

But they get on because each knows the other was a 'good pro'. We could all learn from that!

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 22, 2022

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 13:28 (four days ago) link

That's quite a contortion.

There's a problem when the question of "Should there be a boycott of the World Cup in Qatar?" only properly takes off in the fortnight running up to the tournament. The sporting boycott against South Africa took years of organising – there isn't a shortcut to this stuff!

— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) November 20, 2022

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 17:29 (four days ago) link

This is why the World Cup is amazing. pic.twitter.com/2K5VvcJDe4

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 22, 2022

I was glad for Saudi Arabia, but unsure why fans celebrating a win is amazing.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 17:41 (four days ago) link

Theft & assault have largely been decriminalised in London, because the police don't do much beyond giving you a crime reference number.

But don't worry, instead of responding to crime the MET decided to create a fake record shop and recording studio. https://t.co/EYupGO1Mlh

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 22, 2022

"Theft & assault have largely been decriminalised in London"

Interesting statement.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 21:25 (four days ago) link

he's already transforming into a grumpy old bourgeoisie reactionary and he hasn't even hit 40 yet... predictable.

calzino, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 09:39 (three days ago) link

4 years coffee free! Think I’ll have to quit tea soon though, smallest caffeine now really impacts my sleep. No more hair gel, lamb or black tea, my Iranian ancestors would be bereft.

Any tips for completely quitting caffeine?

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 23, 2022

the pinefox, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:12 (three days ago) link

Novara would say yes to oil money

This is why the World Cup is amazing. pic.twitter.com/2K5VvcJDe4

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 22, 2022

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 11:26 (three days ago) link

AB and Sutton both correct. (Though resting Bale might have helped.)

Weirder still was Eni Aluko saying Wales might rest Bale against Iran? 🤣 https://t.co/uKTHJ8hZMW

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 25, 2022

the pinefox, Friday, 25 November 2022 13:14 (yesterday) link

Just bizarre to have two Welshmen and a German on this game? If not an Iranian at least get a pro with experience of football in the Middle East? Klinsmann has played and managed in Europe & the US. If Iran ‘worked’ ref it’s because Queiroz coached them to. No need for racism! https://t.co/JI7VI5vIFc

— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) November 25, 2022

Agree, though I usually like Klinsmann.

the pinefox, Saturday, 26 November 2022 11:12 (nine hours ago) link


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