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Associate Prof @tcdeconomics, Director @TRiSSTCD and Data Lead @ceph_ie. Dad of 3, husband of 1. Housing, cities, history (and a bit of rugby). (he/him)
Aug 14, 2018 19 tweets 4 min read
On Sunday, I was the focus of a small group of not-very-bright racists (NVBRs), who decided housing was going to be their new angle for their anti-foreigner bile. It gave me a window into Twitter mobs and their strategies and also into how they think. (A thread) In total, there were about 20-25 different accounts over the course of the day (and a trickle since) but it is reasonable to conclude from their behaviour that there is a mix of paid trolls (Clintons! Soros!), sock puppets and perhaps a small handful of real people.
Apr 24, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read
"Abortion is murder." Except it's not. On the day #men4yes has taken off, a thread about probably the key issue at the heart of the debate on the #8thAmendment and effectively the only argument #VoteNo have: that abortion is murder. In particular, this thread is an attempt to reach out to those who either are going to #voteno or those who are leaning that way, because - if in doubt about whether abortion is murder - it may seem safer to err on the side of caution.