Writing About Brexit: blocked by the Home Secretary

EdinburghEye on Ko-FiThis was first posted on Facebook on nth month 2020, with support from my Ko-Fi network.

I’m not quite sure how to react to this:

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary of the UK, has blocked me on Twitter.

I checked using Twitter advanced search, and the last tweet I sent that mentioned her account @patel4witham, was posted in December 2018. (It was a fairly civil and indeed quite amusing discussion with a Brexiter about how quotes get misattributed on the Internet: neither of us got abusive and the discussion thread was relatively brief: but it was last year.)

What I did do, much more recently, was RT a tweet from a thread which responded to a tweet on 23rd December in which Priti Patel bragged “The UK is a world leader in science, that’s why I’m introducing fast track entry to the UK for more scientists so we can attract the brightest global talent.”

The tweet I RT’d was by Matthias Eberl: “Some scientists have been living in the UK for many years and may not like being forced to apply to stay in their own home with their own family despite repeated promises by leading politicians that their rights would be guaranteed.”


Matthias Eberl is “Personal Chair, Division of Infection and Immunity. Engagement Lead, Systems Immunity Research Institute” at Cardiff University: he studied in Germany, England, and Switzerland before settling in Wales.

Matthias Eberl’s Twitter bio describes himself as “Scientist and migrant. #inLimbo”.

And I am now blocked on Twitter by the Home Secretary – along with several other Remainers – apparently because we do not share her views on the wonders of Brexit.

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