Now that life expectancy has increased and our Westminster class tends to depart the Commons younger, in pursuit of new challenges and more money, there is a large surplus of memoirs by former cabinet ministers and frontline figures from public life. For the memoirist this creates a challenge. Does he or she spill the beans amusingly about who did which dirty deeds? Tory Alan Clark memorably spilt the beans about himself.
Right. It’s the weekend. We’ve all had enough politics. Too much Maybot. (Isn’t she an odious human being, say angry lefties claiming to campaign for a kinder politics.) Then there’s Hard Brexit. Cliff-edges. Frictionless trade. Transitions. Soft Brexit. CU ECJ. EU. WTO. WTF. Second referendums. The DUP. Deranged ultra-remainers driven round the twist in the heat screaming this is all the end of Brexit. Demented Brexit ultras supping their beer in pubs and talking darkly of forming a resistance movement.
The word of the week is transition. Suddenly, everyone is at it in Westminster, in business, and in the commentariat, talking about the need for a transition deal when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. A year after Britain voted to leave, although there is no consensus on how it will happen, there is broad agreement across the parties that a period of two to three years, in which some of the current arrangements are maintained, is the way forward.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".