It sends the signal that shooting unarmed civilians is murder. https://t.co/3cwMlMFdbe— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) March 4, 2019
A visceral reaction to a Boris Johnson piece about Bloody Sunday.
Northern Ireland will elect three women to the European Parliament - incumbents Martina Anderson (Sinn Féin) and Diane Dodds (DUP), and Naomi Long (Alliance) who takes the seat previously held by the retiring Jim Nicholson (UUP). https://t.co/8AB69I25mi— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 27, 2019
First of many tweets from the European Parliament election count for Northern Ireland, this one sent just after I had arrived.
How did society shift so abruptly to a politically correct culture? Everyone was saying whatever they wanted and no one would bat an eye, but now everything's a micro-aggression? https://t.co/jFTcgDQYGG Good reply.— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) January 2, 2019
A sensible contribution to the culture wars; at least, I thought so, and felt it deserved wider dissemination.
#LE19 Massive Alliance surge in Castlereagh East, +21.7% to 34.2%. Martin Gregg already elected, Tim Morrow will get in on surplus. DUP will keep 3 with 44.2%, Sharon Skillen already elected. Last seat goes to Hazel Legge (UUP). TUV lose theirs to Alliance.— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 3, 2019
One of two particularly well-performing tweets from the Northern Ireland local elections count at the start of May. I think this did well because it was fairly early in the afternoon of the results, and a lot of people gloated about the TUV.
#LE19 Ballyarnett (Derry+Str) SDLP's Dobbins in on 1st count; SF will lose one of their three to Aontu (Anne McCloskey). Last seat between 3rd SDLP and PBPA, a gain from Ind (Quigley, who did not stand again). First potential gain I've seen for SDLP all day...— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 3, 2019
Also from the local election results. Not sure why this one did particularly well, but I guess there were several points of interest.
Holy shit. https://t.co/1SLRLncE86— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) March 6, 2019
This really did upset me - scandalously, it took Karen Bradley several days to walk back this disastrous statement, culminating in the classic line, "It is factually wrong. It is not what I believe." The perception of callous incompetence remains
MPs (and UK govt) should concentrate on how to encourage EU27 to invest effort in negotiating with UK for another couple of months, if that proves necessary. Mood in Brussels now is that despite best efforts, no-deal outcome is most likely outcome; in that case, why wait? 20/20— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) March 3, 2019
End of one of my twitter threads about Brexit, which was picked up by a couple of more visible Tweeters.
Well, that sharpens things up.— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) March 20, 2019
UK having failed to set its own agenda, EU does it for them.
Either leave in 8 days with No Deal.
Or vote for the WA and get a short extension, probably to 23 May rather than 30 June.
(Or, of course, revoke Article 50.)https://t.co/lnShOjDgEu
My quick summary of one of the turning points in the Brexit process.
Preparations for the 2019 Hugos, explained at greater length here.
My live election commentary today & tomorrow:— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 3, 2019
First, the national results programme, BBC1 3.30 pm:https://t.co/738g1S2xGF
Then BBC2 NI, 7.30pm:https://t.co/bCVgBE9blv
And finally tomorrow BBC1 NI, 10 am:https://t.co/A1yhPqVWMM
If you tune in, I’ll give you a special wave!
Flagging up my local elections broadcasts.
End of long thread, all of which is worth reading. https://t.co/ObivOdMkG1— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 14, 2019
I've found Peter Foster (@PMDFoster) of the Telegraph to be the most lucid British journalist covering Brexit. The best journalist of all is Tony Connelly (@TConnellyRTE).
After a Historic Defeat in the House of Commons, What’s Next for Brexit? Why I think No Deal is now the most likely outcome. https://t.co/rPHHkLwCHz— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) January 16, 2019
My pessimistic take from January. Although the 29 March no-deal Brexit which I then gloomily expected did not happen, I still think a 31 October no-deal Brexit is the most likely outcome.
If I had to bet, I would bet that 30 June will not be the end. I would bet that we see an extension that goes on for months rather than weeks. Not many months, but enough that there are in fact three Northern Ireland MEPs in the new European Parliament. pic.twitter.com/Et7ZYlp62F— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) April 9, 2019
BBC interview from April, in which I actually called it right.
Can't claim the credit for this, though I am glad to have helped disseminate it.
This is a thread about how Leavers are wrong about EU perceptions of the UK position on “No Deal”, ie leaving the EU without an agreement, and about EU27 perceptions of the UK debate as it is now. 1/20— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) March 3, 2019
Start of the Brexit thread whose end I've already listed. I've found it quite a successful format.
The final count. Speaks for itself. pic.twitter.com/4TPkkVm6SA— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 27, 2019
Another tweet from the count in Magherafelt, this time from the end.
The collapse of effectiveness of the FCO, brought about by central government starving it of resources and ignoring its advice, is one of the most striking changes to global diplomatic structures that I have seen in the course of my career.https://t.co/aCWIN2VDNN 1/3— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) June 16, 2019
Am rather proud of this brief thread about the failures of the British diplomatic system.
I should have credited this excellent piece to @tomgauld.
Second count of Northern Ireland European election. Naomi Long (Alliance) gets almost half the available transfers - 9399 out of 20917. Danny Kennedy (UUP) now eliminated and his votes transfer. pic.twitter.com/40SwqTWGYN— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 27, 2019
Another tweet from the count in Magherafelt, from an earlier stage.
Glorious new bit of Flemish vocabulary for me from @DeStandaard profile of Boris Johnson today: “tafelspringer”, which combines the concepts of trouble-maker, show-off and smart-alec, as in someone who jumps onto a table to tell everyone how clever they are. pic.twitter.com/idnSrXMdUR— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 24, 2019
This jumped right off the newspaper page and into my brain, and resonated with a lot of other people too.
UUP transfers went 51% to DUP, 29% TUV, 13% Alliance, 2% SDLP and 5% non-transferable. (Also 0.1% to Sinn Féin.) pic.twitter.com/Eut3CbjPMH— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 27, 2019
Yet another tweet from the count in Magherafelt, from the penultimate stage.
Ruth Dudley Edwards believes in Good Boris, who will charm the lovable Irish into knowing their place. Personally, I am not 100% convinced by this analysis. pic.twitter.com/8cnoaJjl3A— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) June 21, 2019
I'm not generally in favour of point-and-laugh tweets. I should have been a bit more generous here, and said that I don't share the enthusiasm of many of my friends for Fintan O'Toole's writing, and that in fact the central paragraph describing the UK government's mistakes is well-founded. But the overall thesis is completely wrong; Boris Johnson's approach to Ireland as foreign secretary was so crass that British diplomats warned Irish officials not to pay any attention to anything he said.
How the UK lost Brexit battle https://t.co/aqDPtN4nhd Interesting, detailed piece by @herszenhorn and @TomMcTague. Good on chronology of UK’s failure, but I think some details are missing / slightly off. This thread details the UK’s 3 biggest strategic failures as I see it. 1/9— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) March 28, 2019
Another of my longer Twitter threads.
Historic. Northern Ireland’s three women MEPs. pic.twitter.com/eEVfO9owEQ— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) May 27, 2019
I think my best ever performing tweet with original content, this time from just after the end of the count in Magherafelt. I actually took two pictures - in the first one, only Martina Anderson was looking at me; she said my name in acknowledgement, and Diane Dodds and Naomi Long then both turned their heads to catch my eye, so that was the moment I captured with my second take.
This tweet has been deleted. pic.twitter.com/fZDrSfS95Y— Nicholas Whyte 🇪🇺 (@nwbrux) June 23, 2019
Again, I'm not generally in favour of point-and-laugh tweets. But sometimes your restraint gives way.