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Padraig MacLochlainn makes political decision based on tweets, bullies public, and doesn’t deny pimp with 5 aliases gave evidence to Irish prostitution hearing

26 Feb

On 25/02/13, elected Irish politician Padraig MacLochlainn started hurling insults at the sex workers he is claiming to help. Padraig is the TD for Donegal North East and Sinn Féin’s 26 County Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Defence. After insulting various members of the public including sex workers, bloggers, an Irish Law student and a parody account and ‘blocking’ most of them, MacLochlainn frther demonstrated his contempt for political debate and evidence-based policy by tweeting that he will now advise Sinn Fein to support Turn Off the Red Light – not because of evidence, but because he was feeling annoyed with the people he’d just mocked and blocked.

Turn Off the Red Light is an anti-prostitution organisation.

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Padraig openly claimed that in “24 hours” he had made his decision (if not actually immediately due to tweets). This doesn’t sound like the thoghtful, evidence based conduct we would expect from politicians.

When tweeted a link to an article exposing the fact that one of anti-prostitution organisation Ruhama Agency’s witnesses, a prostitution “survivor”, is actually a convicted pimp with several aliases, Padraig did not deny this. He only said that other witnesses had used aliases – which entirely misses the point. Using aliases is normal within the sex worker community, because our sex-negative society forces sex workers to remain pseudonymous. But using multiple alias on different TV shows, at hearings and other public forums is creating a false impression to the electorate that many more “survivors” support the Swedish/Nordic model than is in fact the case. And if a sex worker is also a pimp, they need to admit this at the Irish prostituution hearing, because there could be a conflict of interest. There isn’t necessarily a conflict of interest, but there might be, because the fewer rights sex workers have, the more money pimps could make, just like any other labour relationship.

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There’s no denial. Does Padraig MacLochlainn not care about the integrity of the Irish prostitution hearing? Or did he already know? I guess we’ll never know. Article here: http://sexwork.ie/2013/02/24/false-witness/

Padraig MacLochlainn also showed incredible disdain for sex workers (and everyone else who attempted to engage him in debate). He blocked people for sending him a single, polite, reasonable tweet. He replied to tweets with “zzz” a few tiimes, then called people  “arrogant” and “very sinister” simply for engaging in political debate. Padraig MacLoclainn also appeares to take issue with the fact that “many” of the random people who happened to tweet at him at that particular time were “from overseas” (i.e. Scotland – where the same attempt to force the Swedish model is being made right now -and England). Despite his public image of helping women in the sex industry, MacLochlainn insisted on calling sex workers “prostitutes”. Padraig MacLoclainn also called someone “pathetic” for “hiding behind a false name” despite his earlier  fierce defence of  using 5 aliases in public debate and hearings. The person in question was actually a parody account rather than a “fake persona” or “false name” as MacLochlainn alleged.

But don’t take my word for it:

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Stand-up comic @BBWMelody’s plea for MacLochlainn not to keep blocking people and replying with “zzz” is seen by MacLochlainn as another opportunity to insult the general public.

MacLochlainn's Twitter timeline becomes a catalogue of his derision for anyone disagreeing with the Swedish model

MacLochlainn’s Twitter timeline becomes a catalogue of his derision for anyone disagreeing with the Swedish model

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What a shining example of the Irish political process – if Sinn Fein really dies endorse Turn Off the Red Light, we’ll all know it was because one Padraig MacLochlainn decided to bully members of the public – including an Irish Law student and an Irish sex worker – then got in a bit of a huff after his blockfest.

Update: Sinn Fein has endorsed Turn Off The Red Light.

 
12 Comments

Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Feminism, Media, Sex work

 

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12 responses to “Padraig MacLochlainn makes political decision based on tweets, bullies public, and doesn’t deny pimp with 5 aliases gave evidence to Irish prostitution hearing

  1. jemima101

    February 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I could not believe I was blocked after the tweet i sent, it can only have been because he checked my profile and saw i was a sex worker, he did not even want to listen to the voice of one of the women he claims to represent. Makes me (almost) wish I had the Irish passport I am eligible for via grandparents so i could vote against him!

     
    • Kalika Gold: VirginWhore

      February 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      ;-/ Just awfu…and if he blocked you for sending 1 tweet, that means he blocked 3 people for sending one tweet and 2 people before they engaged him at all. Sigh.

       
  2. aformersexworker

    February 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    He does come from a cultural background where silencing women and dominating them is deeply engrained for centuries, perhaps when he melted down he regressed to type without even realising?

    He blocked me before I said anything at all..

     
    • Kalika Gold: VirginWhore

      February 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      I think you’re right, and imagine blocking someone before they sad anything! That reveals the extreme nature of his bias. It was shocking behavour especially from a politician – shoulldn’t they be used to political deate, and dssenting views.

       
    • Maebh

      March 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      What cultural Background are you Referent to?

       
  3. John Mac

    February 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Love the way he thinks the Swedish Model is the most effective in combatting this insiduous industry – without of course examining the NZ or Aussie or German models of course . I’m sure Swedish sex workers will be delighted to know that their subjection to the Swedish Model is considered ‘ progressive’ in Ireland. Whitewash.

     
    • Kalika Gold: VirginWhore

      February 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Yeah, it’s a major facepalm moment right there, even without the nastiness. Politicians speaking for – and over – their public and the people they claim to represent, with no understanding of the complexity of the actua issues.

       
  4. glasgow sex worker

    February 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Haha, I’m *so* glad you screenshotted these.

     
    • Kalika Gold: VirginWhore

      February 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Heh 🙂 So am I…I think Gaye Dalton screenshotted everything too – not that Padraig even made any attempt at deleting his comments, as of 3am today.

       

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