Liz Truss is in Birmingham for the Conservative Party Conference. I think it’s probably for the best if I change the locks.— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) October 1, 2022
Martin Wolf: Truss’s growth plan is nothing but a magic potion https://t.co/yHAGru0BtX— Martin Wolf (@martinwolf_) October 2, 2022
Right wing politics is the art of explaining why £10,000 a month isn't really that much, while £100 a month is more than enough.— Charlotte Benton (@C_J_Benton) September 25, 2022
A beloved uncle once said to me that the phrase "the status quo is no longer an option" was "the leper's bell of the modern managerial idiot" https://t.co/PNipBtsNZI— Dan Davies (@dsquareddigest) October 1, 2022
Some MPs regard Truss’s performance as so poor & budget so disastrous they want her removed as leader. One former minister thought she could be forced out even before Kwarteng makes his next fiscal statement “I think she is gone & they just don’t realise”https://t.co/NqTJI9yYsB— Professor Danny Blanchflower economist & fisherman (@D_Blanchflower) October 1, 2022
BREAKING: Up to 70 Tory MPs are understood to be planning to topple Liz Truss as prime minister. They only need 40. Have a lovely evening x— Laura Kuenssberg Translator (@BBCFLauraKT) October 1, 2022
This is the same kind of so-called BS "freedom" that Poilievre talks about - yeah, the freedom to underpay people, to cheat customers, to discriminate, to fire staff without cause, etc.
A senior member of the Truss gov’t in Britain just said they are going to “make sure no business under 500 employees gets subject to business regulation.” This is what the “freedom” rhetoric from Conservatives is really about: no rules for capitalists. https://t.co/q9o0YA3wKx— Gil McGowan (@gilmcgowan) October 2, 2022
Moving to the Russia Ukraine War, winter is also coming to that part of the world too. We don't know how desperate Putin will be to claim he is winning.
The problem with this country is people who make $700 per hour have convinced people who make $25 per hour that people who make $7.25 per hour are the problem.— Mohamad Safa (@mhdksafa) October 2, 2022
Here is a fascinating thread on Putin's nuclear weapons threat:...the world can’t be stable as long as the man who controls the planet’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons is one whose power is unchecked at home, who shows such contempt for both international law and human decency, and whose ambitions are so untethered to reality.Justice also requires that Putin leave office. He is a serial war criminal, one of the worst the world has seen in the modern era. He has laid waste to a sovereign nation. He is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands. He has embraced the language and practice of genocide. His armies have committed war crimes. Mass graves attest to his brutality. What is more, his crimes are not limited to the human suffering he has unleashed upon Ukraine. Other violations of fundamental laws and myriad atrocities can be traced to decisions he has made—from Russia’s leveling of Grozny in Chechnya to Russia’s active support for and participation in horrors in Syria; from the invasion of Georgia to Putin’s murderous campaign against dissidents within his own country....When President Joe Biden said of Putin in May, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” it was followed by a swift “clarification” from the White House that the president “was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”But as we have gradually come to learn, Biden’s seemingly spontaneous comments on crucial issues of international policy to which he has devoted decades of study—whether they concern Putin or Taiwan—are not gaffes. They instead are expressions of common sense, acknowledgements of reality that diplomats may wish were unspoken, that cannot be the “official” policy of the U.S., but that are signs that the president understands clearly the reality on the ground and U.S. interests.That is good because tiptoeing around the threat posed by Putin, hoping that accommodating him would lead to moderation in his behavior certainly has not worked.
In tonight's war news, we are reading about how Ukraine is driving toward Kherson and encircling Russian occupiers as they go, as well as continuing to advance in the Donbas:
So why is the risk of Russia using a nuke rising?— Paul Poast (@ProfPaulPoast) October 1, 2022
Three big reasons:
1) Ukraine obsession
2) Territorial "defense"
3) Regime Survival
Let's unpack each.
🇺🇦 retook control of the settlements of Arkhanhel’s’ke, Khreshchenivka, Shevchenkivka, and Zolota Balka.— War Mapper (@War_Mapper) October 3, 2022
The Russian main line of defence has withdrawn to Dudchany. pic.twitter.com/wpdVsVxrMG
Kos says tonight there are some reports Ukraine had liberated Dudachny, as well as claims of Ukrainian forces breaking through toward Beryslav, which is, Kos notes, "location of one of Russia’s
Markos makes an interesting point: U.S. & NATO built their war doctrines around air power, not armor or artillery. So this has made it more difficult to get Ukraine what it needs to win THIS war, a grinding ground duel. https://t.co/CNkRwaTamu— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️🌈 (@CathieCanada) October 3, 2022
“its a slaughter” – Ukraine Volunteer Transcripts— Tom Zimbardo (@TomMostlyZen) October 1, 2022
Some Ukrainian soldiers are reporting that they’re actually feeling traumatised by how many dead Russian soldiers they have seen. The Russians may have been ordered not to surrender & are fleeing instead https://t.co/nrJNfKOlSO
How it started: Ukrainian civilians preparing for a last stand in Kyiv with nothing but homemade molotovs— IntelWalrus (@IntelWalrus) October 1, 2022
How it going: Weekly encirclements of entire Russian BTGs in eastern Ukraine
I’m tired of people appropriating the word, “realism”— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 3, 2022
when promoting fairytales. You are a naive dreamer if you think giving Putin a chunk of land the size of Portugal will produce any permanent peace or a better world. That is naïveté about Putin, power politics & world history.
If this war isn't stopped in the next 6 weeks, I wonder how many Russian troops will freeze to death, just for Putin's monstrous ego:
He thinks that by doing so, he's showing resolve. What he's actually doing is admitting that he has screwed up so colossally that his only way out is to challenge the entire global system of cooperation that has thwarted him. /2— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 3, 2022
The uniforms never existed; the generals spend the money on villas in Italy.
150,000 Russian winter uniforms just reported as "vanished" ? https://t.co/02KTmv4s4B— Colin Ellison (@ColinEllison14) October 2, 2022
Today after I left a classroom, a kindergartener chased me down the hall, saying, "You forgot something!" As a traveling teacher, I do forget things sometimes, so I stopped and turned around.— Caitlin Driscoll (@TeacherOnTopic) September 28, 2022
Kindergartener ran up, gave me a hug, said, "There you go!" and ran back to his room.
Hugs are the universal medicine pic.twitter.com/0suF6rn7NW— Gabriele Corno (@Gabriele_Corno) September 21, 2022
Bare feet.. pic.twitter.com/k4R0RIGD5n— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) October 3, 2022