Top British diplomat Alexandra Hall Hall quits with searing Brexit critique 

Alexandra Hall Hall resigned with a blast at the UK government over Brexit, saying she was forced to “peddle half-truths” and deliver politically motivated messages.

A senior British diplomat in the US has quit with a blast at the UK government over Brexit, saying she could no longer “peddle half-truths” on behalf of political leaders she did not “trust.”

In a searing resignation letter delivered just over a week before the UK general election, Alexandra Hall Hall, the lead envoy for Brexit in the British Embassy in Washington, said that she had become increasingly dismayed by the demands placed on the British civil service to deliver messages on Brexit which were not “fully honest.”

“I have been increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves; the use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options before us; and some behaviour towards our institutions, which, were it happening in another country, we would almost certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern”
– Alexandra Hall

The reluctance of Britain’s leaders to play straight with the public on Brexit, Hall Hall said, had undermined the credibility of UK diplomats abroad. Her position had become “unbearable personally” and “untenable professionally,” she wrote in the letter, which has been obtained by CNN. [ . . . ]

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The Endgame | Gaslit Nation

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The Endgame 12/4

Never take democracy for granted! This week we discuss the last two weeks of impeachment hearings and the witnesses, among them several immigrant Americans who are experts on the former USSR and know all too well how fragile our freedom really is. We discuss the GOP’s desire to turn the hearings into a show trial and have it star Andrea’s sister, Alexandra Chalupa, the whistleblower who alerted the public to the danger of Paul Manafort and whose name was bleated out daily by Kremlin puppet and Giuliani goon squad accomplice Devin Nunes. (You can listen to an interview with Alexandra here.)

We also discuss the BREAKING NEWS that Alexandra and Andrea are not the same person and argue that the insipid bro journalists who continually make this error, and refuse to correct it (!), are not equipped to cover complicated government conspiracies. These meritless men of Twitter are no longer merely annoying, but actively endangering people, and they need to shape up or shut up. We discuss the role of journalism and documentation in the digital age, the importance of accuracy and context, and how even simple mistakes can be weaponized and transformed into propaganda.

Other topics include Lisa Page’s revelatory interview in the Daily Beast, the need for the House to broaden the scope of the impeachment hearings to include other crimes, the ongoing Kremlin infiltration of governments in Europe, and more!

For our weekly bonus episode, available to listeners at the Truth-Teller tier or higher, we do a run-down of the remaining 2020 presidential candidates. In the middle of our recording, Kamala Harris unexpectedly dropped out of the race, so our initial reactions are caught on tape! We discuss the grossness of a primary in which skilled public servants drop out or fly under the radar while billionaires pay their way into an indefinite stay. Sign up to hear this bonus episode on our Patreon, and help keep Gaslit Nation going!


Gaslit Nation, hosted by writers Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa, experts on authoritarian states who warned America about election hacking before the 2016 election. Here, they take a deep dive on the news, skipping outrage to deliver analysis, history, context, and sharp insight on global affairsSubscribe today to catch up on previous episodes and get new ones! (also available on SpotifyStitcherGoogle PlayTuneIn, and PocketCasts).

“For anyone who was following along with news of Trump’s business practices and Paul Manafort’s history with Russian oligarchs, it was pretty clear that there was reason for concern, which made the yawns of cable news and mainstream media all the more infuriating. If you were one of the people following along, this podcast might not make you feel better about our current predicament, but it will make you feel heard.”

–Dennis DiClaudio, AV Club

Show Notes:

First on CNN: Former DNC contractor denies working with Ukrainian officials on anti-Trump research

‘I’m on a mission to testify’: Dem Ukraine activist eager for impeachment cameo

Thread on the exchange between Seth Abramson, Andrea, and Andrea’s sister Alexandra Chalupa:

Lisa Page Speaks:

Senate panel look into Ukraine interference comes up short

Seth Abramson’s HuffPost Essay on Experimental Journalism:

Another Russian “humanitarian” convoy crosses into occupied Donbas:

Russia sends 92nd illegal ‘humanitarian convoy’ of 23 trucks to occupied Donbas

Apple and Google Maps Accommodate Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

Expansion of Nato is no joke to survivors of iron curtain era

Russia used a network of 150,000 Twitter accounts to meddle in Brexit

Trump froze military aid — as Ukrainian soldiers perished in battle

The Betrayal of Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Zelensky promises to fight for ‘lost Donbas residents’

Divide and rule: ten lessons about Russian political influence activities in Europe

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Princess Anne to Trump: "Not bloody likely"

Princess Anne’s iconic remark to would-be kidnappers, “Not bloody likely,” may well have been what she said yesterday when asked to join the receiving line for the Trump Cartel at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

How Princess Anne escaped a kidnapping at gunpoint with a backward somersault. Yes, she’s all kinds of awesome

“Not bloody likely”

She’s the feistiest, no-nonsense Royal offspring in The Crown yet she’s even tougher in real life – as she proved by thwarting a terrifying kidnap attempt by a gunman who shot and injured two police officers, her chauffeur and a journalist while trying to drag her from her car

Words Michelle Davies

The would-be abductor struck as Anne, then 24, was being driven along the Mall towards Buckingham Palace on March 20, 1974 with her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, who’d she married the year previously. Suddenly a Ford Escort cut in front of them, forcing them to stop, and a man later identified as Ian Ball got out to confront the princess in the back seat. He was armed with two guns, yelling ‘open or I’ll shoot!’and was determined to capture Anne.

‘He opened the door and said I had to go with him and I said I didn’t think I wanted to go,’ Princess Anne recalled some years later, during an appearance on the TV talk show, Parkinson. ‘We had a fairly low-key discussion about the fact that I wasn’t going to go anywhere, and wouldn’t it be much better if he went away and we’d all forget about it.’ She was actually being restrained in her retelling, however, because according to witnesses at the scene, what the princess actually retorted to Ball was ‘not bloody likely’.

Ball, however, was undeterred. He’d spent two years planning the kidnap, even renting a house in Fleet, Hampshire, not far from where Anne and Mark lived at the time. On his person was a long, rambling ransom letter addressed to the Queen; he wanted the monarch to pay £3 million to the NHS to improve the care and treatment of psychiatric patients – of which he was one. He’d targeted her daughter because, at the time, Anne had celebrity status in Britain after being named the BBC’s Sports Personality Of The Year in 1971 for winning the European Eventing Championship at the age of 21. Of all the Royal children to kidnap, she was the biggest prize.

The great escape

But Ball, 26, hadn’t banked on Anne’s stubbornness. She refused to get out of the car even after those trying to protect her were shot, including her personal police officer, Inspector James Beaton. Ball then tried to yank her from her seat and in the struggle her dress was ripped down the back. ‘I lost my rag at that stage,’ she recalled. ‘He started pulling my arm and Mark was holding onto me and we maintained the status quo for quite a bit, because I wasn’t going anywhere, put it that way.’ Her husband later admitted he felt powerless having seen the others wounded. ‘I was frightened, I don’t mind admitting it,’ he said. Continue reading