1. Exquisite Tweets from @PickardJE, @stephenkb, @joe_oliver, @faisalislam, @JonnElledge, @joncstone, @DuncanWeldon, @LordRickettsP, @WalesAtTheUN

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    some extracts from May’s speech in Stoke tomorrow, fascinating point about the original vote for a Welsh assembly

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    PickardJE

    Jim Pickard

  2. It's fascinating because it's a lie: the Conservatives went into the 2005 election pledging a referendum on whether or not to scrap the Welsh Assembly.

    Jim Pickard @
    some extracts from May’s speech in Stoke tomorrow, fascinating point about the original vote for a Welsh assembly

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    stephenkb

    Stephen Bush

    I honestly think it is one of the most interesting things about May is that she is intensely relaxed about saying things that are untrue: cf things said about the backstop, the whole "implementation period" shtick, etc etc.

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    stephenkb

    Stephen Bush

    The Conservative Party voted not to proceed with creating the Assembly *after* the referendum! publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199798/cm…

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    stephenkb

    Stephen Bush

    Update: Joe *can* use the Hansard website properly. May herself literally voted against going ahead with the result of the Welsh referendum. twitter.com/joe_oliver/sta…

    stephenkb

    Stephen Bush

  3. Ha, just tweeted the very same point. And Theresa May et al also voted against setting up a Scottish Parliament after the much more decisive 1997 referendum vote for one!

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    joe_oliver

    Joe Oliver

  4. Two votes by Theresa May against the second reading of the Government of Wales Bill at 10pm on 9/12/1997

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    faisalislam

    Faisal Islam

    PM will cite 97 Welsh ref closeness (0.6% Yes margin) still “accepted by both sides and popular legitimacy of that institution never seriously been questioned”

    Cons incl new Maidenhead MP Mrs May voted against 2nd reading Gov of Wales Bill 97

    Proposed 2nd ref 2005 GE manifesto

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    faisalislam

    Faisal Islam

  5. When I was trying to understand Daniel Hannan, I came to the conclusion that the reason he could just ignore things which proved him completely wrong was because his politics operated in the manner of religious belief: Brexit was *right* so inconvenient facts *must* be wrong

    Stephen Bush @
    I honestly think it is one of the most interesting things about May is that she is intensely relaxed about saying things that are untrue: cf things said about the backstop, the whole "implementation period" shtick, etc etc.

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    JonnElledge

    Jonn Elledge

  6. great observation on hannan though I honestly don’t think May goes as deep as this

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    joncstone

    Jon Stone

  7. I'm wondering if May has a similar thing, only the thing she has faith in is her own righteousness. She may be saying untrue things in a strict factual sense; but she *knows* she is good and right and thus believes herself honest in some broader, more important sense.

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    JonnElledge

    Jonn Elledge

  8. I honestly wonder whether it’s the opposite, the lack of anything driving her. if the only thing you have is an impulse to become and stay prime minister, just utility maximise the hell out of your career with a few well-placed lies

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    joncstone

    Jon Stone

  9. That said, "insecure chancer congenitally incapable of thinking more than 20 minutes ahead" also fits the evidence, so.

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    JonnElledge

    Jonn Elledge

  10. Some Spad is having a very bad day today and probably wishing to never hear the word “Wales” again.

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    DuncanWeldon

    Duncan Weldon

  11. question is whether the PM will still say this in her speech, now that everyone has remembered that the Tory party - including May - tried to overturn the Welsh assembly through another referendum #thethickofit

    Jim Pickard @
    some extracts from May’s speech in Stoke tomorrow, fascinating point about the original vote for a Welsh assembly

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    PickardJE

    Jim Pickard

    Answer: Theresa May kept the first line about Welsh assembly but dropped the line about “the popular legitimacy of that institution has never seriously been questioned.....”

    Jim Pickard @
    question is whether the PM will still say this in her speech, now that everyone has remembered that the Tory party - including May - tried to overturn the Welsh assembly through another referendum #thethickofit

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    PickardJE

    Jim Pickard

  12. Every time I think we've seen Peak May, she outdoes herself: opts to tweak the Welsh Assembly line in a way that changes it from a falsehood to a non sequitur.

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    stephenkb

    Stephen Bush

  13. Not great staff work in No 10 here.

    Laura Kuenssberg @
    Awkward PM is mentioning everyone accepting result of Welsh referendum - this is from Conservative manifesto 2005
    we 'will work with the Assembly and give the Welsh people a
    referendum on whether to keep the Assembly in its current form,
    increase its powers or abolish it'

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    LordRickettsP

    Peter Ricketts

  14. Caught out in a blatant lie May changed tack to say the 1997 referendum result was 'accepted by Parliament' - she omitted to say the result WASN'T ACCEPTED by her or her party. And wouldn't be accepted for 8 years!

    WalesAtTheUN

    Wales@TheUnitedNations

  15. We WILL leave the EU on 29 March 2019, I will not call an election, the backstop will never be used, NOTHING has changed, the meaningful vote won’t be delayed, the dementia tax is fake news, I never said anyone ‘cried wolf’ on cuts — she can’t help herself twitter.com/stephenkb/stat…

    Stephen Bush @
    I honestly think it is one of the most interesting things about May is that she is intensely relaxed about saying things that are untrue: cf things said about the backstop, the whole "implementation period" shtick, etc etc.

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    joncstone

    Jon Stone

  16. Missing tweet: 1084718758495744001

  17. she’ll say absolutely anything and I don’t think that is actually typical of most politicians, despite their reputation

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    joncstone

    Jon Stone

  18. So much this. She benefits from a largely incorrect perception about politicians as a class.

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    stephenkb

    Stephen Bush

  19. Theresa May writes a lot of cheques she can’t cash. Headline on the right is from today

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    joncstone

    Jon Stone