Friday 5 August 2022

Introducing Joshua Nevett, BBC Politics - not a fan of Brexit apparently

The BBC News website report in the previous post [now split into two posts] was written by Joshua Nevett from BBC Politics. 

He also did a report back in May headlined Why some farmers are turning away from the Tories - a piece he summarised on Twitter like this:

  • NEW: Journalism that’s not about Sue Gray or lockdown parties (refreshing, right?). Following May’s local elections, I spoke to three farmers about the post-Brexit challenges they’re facing and why they’re fed up with the Conservative government. This is what they told me 1/4:
  • James Small, a livestock farmer from Somerset, said he voted for the Liberal Democrats at the local elections. He said farmers have “no idea what the destination” is for their industry, which has had to adjust to sweeping agriculture policy reforms since the Brexit vote. 2/4
  • Pig farmer Anna Longthorp said production costs have skyrocketed recently, saying: “It's been an absolutely awful time”. She said the mass culling of pigs - made necessary by post-Brexit shortages of abattoir workers - has put farmers through “colossal distress”. 3/4
  • Dairy farmer Robert Craig didn’t even vote in the local elections. He said Brexit was doing farmers like him "no good whatsoever", citing labour shortages as the "biggest challenge" for his businesses. For these interviews and more, read my piece 4/4. 

Yes, it's all Brexit's fault.

For fans of Twitter archaeology, here are some of Joshua's tweets. He joined the BBC in March 2019. Guess what his view of Brexit is?
  1. Sep 4, 2018 - Brexit is 206 days away. As the clock ticks, Hammond says a no-deal would cost £80bn extra in borrowing. May says a no-deal Brexit 'wouldn't be the end of the world'. And Johnson has seemingly launched a leadership bid. Leave voters, let that chaos sink in for a moment. 
  2. Sep 15, 2018 - What Bermondsey thinks about Brexit. As you can see, it’s rather lopsided. Those God damn metropolitan elites.
  3. May 22, 2019 - Farage is shaken with fear (sorry). [Ed - after more people with milkshakes turned up to an election event where Nigel Farage had had a drink thrown over him the previous day.] 
  4. May 24, 2019 - The apparent demographics of this crowd [Ed - at a Nigel Farage hustings] are telling: old and white. Polling also suggests most people over 40 are Brexiteers. Brexit is pitting young and old against each other.
  5. Jun 6, 2019 - It’s interesting to hear what an actual D-Day veteran thinks about Brexit. D-Day veteran Eric Chardin: “Brexit worries me. It would be an awful shame if what we’ve gone to so much trouble to do, to collect the European big nations together, to break it all up now would be a crying shame.”
  6. Jul 10, 2019 - It’s only a fudge if Corbyn becomes PM and delivers Brexit, which is highly unlikely. Unless PM Johnson tries to ram through a no-deal Brexit, a GE won’t happen. What’s more likely is a people’s vote to my mind. In that scenario, Labour’s position couldn’t be more explicit.

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