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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:39 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

In a few of your post HH, you mention the influence of social media/ internet. One of the reasons that led to me deleting my Twitter account was due to the constant 'noise' of people forwarding political tweets or trying to put across their political beliefs in a limited number of characters. I expect Facebook is the same. I don't use or read any of the big social media sites. It clouds my reasoning and is annoying. I live my life without using or reading anything on Twitter or Facebook and get by just fine without them. In the last election I didn't read one tweet or social media post re any of the parties or candidates. I personally think that social media should be used to inform and educate people to policies and awareness re political issues, instead of as it is with people posting irrelevant ill-researched hateful bollocks about parties or candidates. I still hold out to the belief that most people can digest what they read and think independently about who they want in power. I think by saying that the outcome to the election result was down to brainwashing by social media is misunderstanding and underestimating the depth of the disenfranchisement of the British public re political representation and the lack of leadership and monumental faffery that we have witnessed over the last decade on all fronts. People have had enough, be that through social media influence or no social media influence.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with a lot of what you are saying Dock but actually feel a lot of the population are 'influenced' by what paper they read. I rollock my parents when they start quoting shite from their favourite rag, the Daily Mail.

But I do believe the problems of web based, supposedly news reporting, sites is a much greater threat and one that quite a lot of the population will not know is going on.

I personally have had enough of front line 'safe seat' politics and have for years irrespective of whatever party they are. Their publicity and goings on totally blots out the great work that the vast number of back benchers do once again irrespective of party politics. British politics needs a good shake up.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heyho wrote:
I agree with a lot of what you are saying Dock but actually feel a lot of the population are 'influenced' by what paper they read. I rollock my parents when they start quoting shite from their favourite rag, the Daily Mail.

But I do believe the problems of web based, supposedly news reporting, sites is a much greater threat and one that quite a lot of the population will not know is going on.

I personally have had enough of front line 'safe seat' politics and have for years irrespective of whatever party they are. Their publicity and goings on totally blots out the great work that the vast number of back benchers do once again irrespective of party politics. British politics needs a good shake up.


Papers defo influence but I meant internet stuff. I think that there is so much noise about politics on social media that its too much for people to take on.

As for parents, my Mum and step Dad are the same, they said they didn't like Corbyn because he didn't sing the national anthem at a remembrance service. WTF!!!!!

The Saturday after the Friday when the election result was announced we happened to be visiting my Mum and on the way there I said to Mrs D that I bet they don't mention the result, and hey presto they said fuck all. Like a pair of daft miffed kids ha ha! In the final analysis I found their behaviour and lack of a desire to discuss the result as bloody churlish and typical of working class Tories.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just flicked through the publics replies to the Finnsbury mosque incident on Yahoo. Oh my god!!! They are not clever.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Friday June 9th 2017 was St Jeremy's Day".  Ace. We were in Vancouver, it was still Thursday Night when the jist of the results  came in. I polished off half the sherry decanter the BnB owners left out for their guests well into the morning. Me, a champagne socialist? not on your life
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tuned into the Andrew Marr show yesterday as I saw that Michael Gove was going to be interviewed. And as I suspected it was a masterclass in not answering the questions asked of him re DUP bung and end of austerity measures. The Tories are on the ropes.

































Oh, I forgot to mention a couple of weeks ago I joined the Labour Party. My 4 monthly membership fee might not smash the state but it's something at least. I've never been a member of a political party before in my life. Now is the time.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations. You are now one of those evil democracy types usurping the cozy ex Blairite club with your insane demands for reasonableness and a proper alternative to austerity
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting thing this austerity lark isn't it. Don't get me wrong there is a certain section of society that is genuinely struggling but there is a far greater number who plead poverty and what an impact austerity is having yet have several 55" TV's, subscribe to Sky and have several cars on their drives.

Their parents and grandparents were far better at reigning in the hatches and putting up with what they had.


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