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Wednesday 22nd June 2022


Lots of online chatting again today. I recorded a RHLSTP Book Club with novelist Stephanie Merritt and then was straight into a call with Nihal Arthanayake on 5Live to discuss Taskmaster. And then at 9pm I was on a zoom call to Hawaii to talk to the charming astronomer Harriet Witt, who was going to tell me something quite extraordinary about testicles for my upcoming “Can I Have My Ball Back?” Podcast. An astronomer and balls? There is a connection, but it’s quite oblique. However it was an utterly fascinating chat about human cooperation and an unusual combination of sensitivity and masculinity. I think Harriet had been a bit cautious about talking to me in case I was going to take the piss out her information, but we got on like a house on fire. What a world where two people can discuss balls together from halfway around the planet.

I was a bit surprised and confused to be cced into this tweet from Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko
She said  
"Every nation that welcomes war displaced Ukrainians is making a contribution to preventing #Russia’s genocide of Ukrainian nation. Grateful today to UK  for new policy allowing unaccompanied children to seek refuge in UK @pritipatel @michaelgove @Herring1967"

What was my twitter handle doing at the end there? Lesia (perhaps unsurprisingly) doesn’t follow me and whilst I am supportive of the people of Ukraine, I have not been working with the government to help unaccompanied children seek refuge here. I do work with the government but only on their most evil and despicable policies and am disgusted to see myself associated with something that might be seen as doing good (as I am sure both Priti and Michael are too). I never really anticipated by name being mentioned in the same breath as Priti Patel and Michael Gove (unless my plans for a Guy Fawkes style atrocity ever come to fruition).
I’d tweet Lesia back and ask her why I was included, but I think she might have more important issues to deal with. I am wracking my brain to try and think of who she might have meant to tweet, but can’t think of anyone in the government whose twitter name would begin with Herr. I don’t think Herr Hitler has a Twitter account, though I think he was involved with the Rwanda policy. 
It’s a bit of a mystery.

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