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On the nights you feel outnumbered, baby I'll be out there somewhere. Journalist.
Aug 15, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
OK, there is a big, big problem here with Web Summit and Le Pen (and no, bros, it's not about "freeze peach").
Either the organiser(s) is/are so dumb that they didn't know in advance what the reaction would be (unlikely, but not impossible), or we've been played. Neither is good. I (thankfully) hadn't heard one word about the event until this happened, but over the last 24 hours Paddy & his clan (Klan?) have received a vast amount of free publicity before dumping their Nazi headliner at seemingly no cost. And there is no cost - for Web Summit. Others pay.
Aug 11, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
Sun is out, so this will be the last thread about this #homelessness thing - buckle up, questioning snowflakes, it’s gonna be harsh:
You are “only asking questions” not because you want to help, but to give yourself a reason for not doing so. It’s OK, this course of action is as Irish as it gets. This is evidenced by the questions you ask - about the woman, her sexual history, the parentage of her children, her criminal record. You are trying her in the court of public opinion to absolve yourself and society from ...
Jul 22, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
On this day seven years ago far-right acolyte Anders Bearing Bredvid carried out his murderous rampage in Oslo and Utöya, bombing and shooting children in cold blood.
Rather than react in horror and revulsion, we have allowed his ideas to become mainstream. Instead of receding, the hatred, the Islamophobia, the racism, the misogyny, the othering and the pure, blind sense of entitlememt and selfishness are not only growing - they have been allowed to become part of our democracies. In Poland, Italy, France, the USA...
Mar 31, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
If you’re a man and you have been tweeting in support of #Ibelieveher, here’s a simple concrete thing you can do to change things.
If you’re in a WhatsApp group like the one the Ulster Rugby lads had & someone says something like they did, mark their card. You don’t have to … ... go nuts, just "Lads, a bit of respect" will do it. Doing things like this is hard, and some will tell you to lighten up, or call you a faggot, or whatever.
You might even feel you have to leave the group - but do you really want to be friends with people like that?
Nov 23, 2017 6 tweets 2 min read
If there is to be an election - and frankly I don’t care whether there is one or not - then the Irish electorate needs to ask itself: Why do these politicians lie to us, again and again and again?
The answer it simple - because you keep electing them, again and again and again. That is why the banks were bailed out with your money, how the housing crisis because permanent, and why your health service doesn’t work, and your schools are still run by a religious sect that buries children’s bodies in sewers, and the cops are corrupt to a laughable degree.