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    I have been listening to the fabulous @IanDunt debate with Daniel Hannan on LBC. I decided that I should listen carefully to the MEP /1

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    He has real skill as a debater. He has perfected, in particular, deftly altering the difficult questions to allow an easier answer /2

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    For anyone in the business of persuasion, that is a core skill and I admire his facility. However … /3

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    What's exposed when he was up against someone like @IanDunt who really knows his stuff is that he’s one follow up question from Micawberism

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    So on customs, when pushed for specifics he ends up saying “it’ll all be fine”. Borders? All fine. Farming? “It’ll work out” /5

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    I am sure the assurance is comforting to him and perhaps to others, but I’m left thinking “Is that really it”? /6

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    We’re at a point now where detail matters. Whichever way you voted, we all need answers to questions about the specifics of we will do now/7

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    Responses presently take two forms:

    1. What problem; or
    2. Stop talking about the problem.

    Hannan doesn’t do the latter, to his credit /8

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    He didn’t spend the time demanding positivity in the name of patriotism, but he does resort to a trope that problems will solve themselves/9

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    Once you notice this trick you hear it everywhere. /10

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    BoJo on the problem of the Irish border “It’s not beyond the wit of man”.

    OK, so what's the actual solution?

    Silence /11

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    Hannan on Customs: “Other countries manage even little Switzerland.

    Ok, do we have the systems or not?

    Silence /12

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    These things are no more likely to work themselves out than your dinner is to make itself. /13

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    Which takes us to @EmporersNewC’s point. The people we are looking to for solutions are looking to us for the solutions /14

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    We act as if the vote got the job done, the rest's just detail someone will handle. It's all about the detail and we need to get serious/end

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