A group of hard-right Brexiteers, including a former head of MI6, secretly attacked a top science journal after their debunked paper on an "alternative" Covid vaccine was rejected.
From @ComputerWeekly & @BylineTimes, this is a MUST READ 👇
This piece raises serious questions about the conduct of Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6 who is best known for his role in the intelligence failures surrounding the Iraq war.
Jul 6, 2022 • 28 tweets • 15 min read
I am so pleased to join the @AEI in honoring the distinguished career of political theorist and @Harvard professor Harvey C. Mansfield!
Lord James Bethell, the quintissential aristocratic failson, should not be allowed within 1,000 yards of government, let alone have a ministerial position.
After just 1 year in government, Lord Bethell has already implicated himself in multiple scandals, demonstrating an astonishing lack of integrity.
He must resign.
Jun 27, 2021 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
One very simple heuristic that would exponentially increase the rhetorical effectiveness of Labour MPs is to focus on the facts of a given issue and never venture into the meta-discussion of "what does the public think about us talking about this".
Trying to shape public opinion as an opposition party is hard. You need to grab every opportunity to lay out the facts of an issue and draw a clear contrast between your party and the government.
Jun 20, 2021 • 14 tweets • 5 min read
If you're a journalism or curious citizen looking to use public databases to identify political sleaze in the UK, check out my new tool, Crony Connect*! cronyconnect.com
*Yes, "Crony Connect" is supposed to be a pun on the quiz show "Only Connect".
i just got my teaching evals from last semester and my students were so niiiice 😭😭
special shout-out to the person who wanted to clarify that i am "funny haha"
Feb 4, 2021 • 21 tweets • 6 min read
Harvard prez: “On behalf of the Harvard community, I apologize to Dr. Terry Karl for the University’s failure to assure that Domínguez met the conditions of his 1983 sanction. Harvard failed her.”
about 👏 goddamn 👏 time!!! 👏
I am incredibly relieved that the report is finally out. We had to fight for a LONG time to get this review, and it didn't get off to a great start when they spent more time talking to Harvard faculty than to *the women who were sexually harassed*...
In this piece, I try to take seriously the government’s argument that it was important to use “informal arrangements” in procurement given the urgent need to source PPE.
Nov 18, 2020 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
🚨 Based on exclusive reporting by @BylineTimes and @allthecitizens, I created a new visualization of the COVID contracts being awarded to firms linked to the Evangelical Christian sect, the Plymouth Brethren.
This is a more wonky thread about how I made this visualization in #Rstats using the awesome visNetwork 📦...
First step is to create the underlying network data. We need one file of "nodes" - i.e. the people and organizations. And one file of "edges" - i.e. the connections between them.
I created these by hand, based on excellent investigate journalism:
Nov 9, 2020 • 6 tweets • 7 min read
The cronyism in this Tory government is so out-of-control that I honestly couldn’t keep track… so I combined my two main skills (puns and #Rstats) to create this interactive visualization.
In Harvard's Government dept, many women wished to pursue a Title IX complaint against Jorge Dominguez but chose not to because they knew they could be charged with "retaliation" if they spoke publicly about the results of the investigation.