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    How can we oppose May without adding to her distracting pose as a fighter? Some thoughts... 1/n

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    Dont let May determine parameters of debate. Talk abt what she doesnt want discussed: zero hours, NHS, fair £ for all schools, food banks 2/

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    Contest May's frame for the fight. Try and avoid taking the oppositional position she wants us to take. 3/

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    Call May out on how her plans to deliver X wont work - even if we dont want her to deliver X. Eg on migration, liberals opposed cap but 4/

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    seemed afraid to say "she cant even meet it". I understand fear that sharpening debate on how to deliver will improve delivery. But *not* 5/

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    discussing how May struggles to deliver her autocratic promises is missing key opportunity to engage w public. This failure has left many 6/

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    thinking "controlling migration is easy. We just need Gov to take control / build a wall ..." see my piece > newsdeeply.com/refugees/artic… 7/

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    IMO informing debate abt how hard it wd be to deliver May's "control" helps thoughtful voters question those aims & if May is realistic 8/

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    May's gravitas seems often a veneer. Challenge Cons on *how* their policy will deliver & they have bluster & aggro. Like Trump & Le Pen. 9/

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    By increasing risk of disastrous Brexit, May has *strengthened* popular wish for a fighter. By harming country, she's keeping her job 10/

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    How to weaken May strategy of labels: "unreasonable" foreigners (pursuing their interests) & "disloyal" opposition (disagreeing w/ her) 11/

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    May draws on centuries of racist imperialism & nationalism : when only Englishmen were honest & true. 12/

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    We can draw on better British self-images. That other peoples have their legitimate interests : and for EU27 cohesion is legit 12/

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    That honest debate & transparency of decision-making are democratic - and apply to UK Gov on Brexit. 13/

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    That UK was right to entrust decision to seek to leave EU to a referendum.

    For same reason, we have right to referendum on final deal 14/

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    To hold on to power, May needs British ppl scared & angry at foreign & disloyal enemies she fights. She doesnt want consensual solutions 15/

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    Britain has other values: blunt - but pragmatic. Passionate - but concerned w/ facts. Resolving conflict - not fighting eternally. End 16/16

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