I talk a lot about the power of league tables, and got a dose of my own medicine last week when this circulated on twitter. Initial reaction, overjoyed – now Oxfam really won’t be able to sack me. Probably. Then I took a closer look. It’s an analysis of who the top 150 top people in the Biden transition team followed on twitter, so 3.5% means 5 of them follow @fp2p. Five. Better than nothing, I guess. Anyway, DFID is defunct, Shapiro and Sandefur are actually yanks, and Miliband lives in New York, so I’m the only genuine Brit left…..hah! More here if you want to dig and thanks Rob Blackie for doing the crunching. My main takeaway? UK soft power in the new administration is mainly via the media (BBC, Guardian, FT). One final thought: the Biden transition team seems to have a major male bias in the people they follow – they may want to check out this tool to measure that and do something about it.
African Billionaires and Governments Have a Plan to Save America. Some smart trading places satire
A global vaccine apartheid is unfolding. People’s lives must come before profit. Important piece from Winnie Byanyima
Someone really needs to explain Oxford Commas toRudy Giuliani about (ht Steve Vladeck)
Five Points for MPs in the UK’s Planned Aid Cut, and an Alternative Proposal for the Government. Good arguments on why the UK needs to reverse its aid meltdown
Peak 2021 and it’s only February. In Myanmar, A woman filmed her regular open-air aerobics class in a mask without realizing that a coup was taking place behind her. It got memed of course. ht Maria Faciolince & Steve Price-Thomas