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21 Jul, 4 tweets, 1 min read
Liberal case on street harassment feels pretty simple to me. Nearly every woman I know says her freedom has been restricted by this - whether it's demands that they 'smile', or the ubiquitous 'where are you from', or cars slowing down to stare, or threatening sexual behaviour.
It happens when they go to the shops to get milk, when they go to work, when they go out at night. It happens all the time. And there's nothing flattering about it. It's an attempt to reduce them, to control them, to limit the space they can occupy. Fuck that.
It's a clear violation of the harm principle and therefore authorises measures to prevent it.
One of the problems with how we discuss these issues is that we frame it as a question of freedom vs protection. In reality, it is a question of freedom vs freedom - the freedom of the aggressor or the freedom of the recipient of the aggression.

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20 Jul
There's something really quite disturbing about this. I can't quite believe I'm going to say this but it makes me sort of defensive towards Boris Johnson.
Yes he is a moral vacuum, who lies as easily as he breathes, has no discernable principle and is demonstrably unsuitable to be prime minister. But he was actually, you know, fucking elected.
To say that the day after the election you were planning on getting rid of him is to set yourself up as the unelected arbiter of British democracy. It's abysmal.
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20 Jul
I get that rich guy space tourism experiments are probably a sports-car-mid-life crisis for the billionaire class. But honestly I love them for it anyway. Space tourism is a beautiful and important idea.
One of the striking things about space exploration is that the most beautiful sight we find out there is our own planet. We gain the most by looking back down on ourselves.
It's hard to talk about without getting all Hallmarks card, but the thing they see is that we are all one, on one planet: a place where borders and cultural differences suddenly seem so much smaller and inconsequential than they are down here.
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It's incredible too me that 18 months in to this pandemic so many businesses still do not understand the need for ventilation.
Fucking see it all the time. Tables wiped, visors on, hand wash by the door - all the things which we know don't make much difference. And then they close the windows and doors.
I don't even really blame the businesses. It's the fault of government for failing to batter home the message of hope this thing works dynamically - changing with our understanding of it.
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12 Jul
Really depressed to see so many people act like a few yobs tweeting racist abuse define England, either as a country or as supporters. Please stop it. It's inaccurate and you do their work for them.
They're just tiny little angry bellends, with tiny little angry bellend levels of influence. They're getting smashed down out there. And drowned out - by those supporting the players.
They've accomplished nothing, while the team just reached the final of the Euros. The reason the racists are angry is not because they're winning. It's because they realise they're sliding headlong into irrelevance.
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7 Jul
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Oh no it's PMQs
Starmer should just spend every question asking Johnson detailed football questions.
Starmer looks up at Kim Leadbeater, now in the Commons. It's a "special and emotional moment on these benches" to see her there, he says.
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