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    Here's @davidallengreen's threat on the LSE/FCO/EU academic discrimination saga. He's writing as ex-government lawyer. Here's my take 1

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    2 I've observed university administrators every day for over 20 years. Much of their work is with govt: research & student funding, imm law.

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    3 if they get it wrong there are serious problems. So they need to be very, very precise about their understanding of gov policy

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    4 very hard to believe any uni admin would send an e-mail to all staff as the LSE did unless they were certain what policy was.

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    5 More likely scenario:
    Senior gov minister is annoyed at reading 'Germany won't do this' etc
    So he reaches, in effect, for mute

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    6 He makes it clear he doesn't want to read that sort of thing any more. Maybe he even conveys his opinion in schoolboy Latin.

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    7 The message can't be official, as DAG pointed out. It has to be unofficial (& deniable) - so conveyed in a phone call to LSE.

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    8 Some (hypothetical) uni admins might passively accept this govt policy. But it seems the LSE is *passive-aggressive*.

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    9 So they send an e-mail to the staff member, and to all staff. It's bound to end up in social media, MSM and cause blowback.

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    10 Policy is indefensible in light of recent govt xenophobia and reputation of Foreign Secretary as buffoon. So FCO backtracks.

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    11 On that note: thanks all for objecting to vile govt policies all week. It may have got some policies changed. It didn't hurt.

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    So there's a point to raging against daft Brexit-related policies.
    Thanks for following, and have a great weekend. *ends*

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