Are you including the Mirror and Guardian in your "despicable media" comment? We wouldn't have known anything about Cummings hypocrisy if it wasn't for them. Additionally, it was the Telegraph that exposed the "expenses fiddlers" too. Again, we wouldn't have had any proof of that with the "despicable media".
I have to preface that I rarely post because it bores me & im not that interested.
I know I should be, but I’m not.
My view has been “do not encourage these dickheads” for some time, & in the main I have either not voted or voted against the biggest dickhead (IMHO of course...).
Expense fiddling hypocrites - 95% of them across all parties - that just about covers my view of them.
I’ve read down the board here & gone “yeah...no...yeah...no” on almost every single opinion.
That’s all they are. Opinions.
If there are certain posters who can’t discuss anything in the way that you’d like, just don’t open their posts - life is a lot easier.
The view that “he’s a knob, I’m right, he’s just made himself look even more stupid...” is one that works well for me (albeit that I wouldn’t back up my views on politics anyway because 1) I don’t have to because they’re my views 2) I can’t be arsed).
For what it’s worth:
Beechside would have done the same as him in the same situation. #### the advice, no one looks after my family better than I do.
Beechside Special Advisor To The PM wouldn’t have been so daft. He’s been idiotic.
Driving to test his eyes - horseshit.
His performance yesterday - that took some balls, regardless of the rights/wrongs I thought he came across very well & handled it with dignity (not the content of what he said, ignore that. I mean the way he conducted himself when I think I would have stormed off swearing).
If he IS such a good advisor he shouldn’t have put Boris in that position, but now he has Boris has no choice but to back him because he’ll look even more stupid if he turns tail again.
The Media: despicable. They scent blood, they’re trying to make a name for themselves, & there are clearly scores to settle with a man who says to their face he thinks they are irrelevant.
There seems double-standards all round
- Corbyn couldnt breath in the right direction......but recently Labour MPs have got away with all kinds. So is it an anti-Labour agenda? Doesn’t look like...
- Every gaff Boris makes seems to wash off - how! Is there a Tory bias in the media?......oh no, listen to the latest Cummings attack.
It’s just predators chasing a herd of wilderbeast, knowing they have to pounce when one shows a sign of weakness to appease the TVNewsGods (or the PaperSelling Gods).
As for social media, it’s changed the game here & the slurs & name calling come out before a reasoned reply. We’re in a world where “Tory” is now an insult. Where do we go from here? “Wearer of a blue shirt”? “iPhone user”?
The “Left” & the committed supporters jump on anything that doesn’t fit their agenda very well. Scouse Twitter is the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen, no reasoned arguments, just abuse & threats.
I’m sure Essex Twitter is too from Tories, but I don’t see that so can’t really comment.
Brexit : I think some of it is about Brexit funny enough, see above - score settling tho, not process disrupting. Most of the people making the noise don’t actually know what any of the issues are, but they have a platform & an empty head makes a loud noise.
Carlos - as you can read above my opinion is irrelevant, & you probably disagreed with most of it.
But I’m not really seeking your approval, I’m just typing words on a messageboard that you shouldn’t take seriously.
My post yesterday morning seemed to produce a good deal of disapprobation. That took me back a few years.
Plenty of snide or patronising or obscene comments came my way during the 2016 referendum campaign, and a lot worse. At that time I tried to argue my case politely, but the group think was very strong, albeit not unanimous. The words simpleton, cu nt and cockwomble were liberally employed towards me for holding an honest, principled political position.
Heigh-ho, let them slag me off, I thought, let’s wait and see what the result says. When it was announced I looked on here but I didn’t say a word, not a word. I didn’t like to intrude on private grief. (I Iikewise kept my counsel during the Remainer parliament’s long attempts to kill Brexit.)
The Remainer media see one last chance to reverse or neuter Brexit, by doing down Cummings and thereby weakening Johnson. That is a perfectly legitimate political aim. But the double standards on show are a disgrace. Labour MPs and Ministers can attend birthday parties, picnics and (sadly) funerals and no one on here raises an eyebrow. (And not a peep from Starmer.) Photographers and journalists are cheek by jowl in their desperation to interrogate Cummings, yet not a dicky bird is heard. The PM’s adviser tries to protect his child and all hell breaks loose.
This affair is entirely political. The mob are pretending to feel concern for public health, but they are hypocrites.
It is not even certain that Cummings broke any rules. If he has done so, he should go. But to harass the man’s young family with blaring broadcasts about Covid funerals - at his family home - well, I can’t find adequate words. It’s pathetic, bullying behaviour.
And it doesn’t work, either. It puts people off. Yesterday Cummings looked more credible than the journalists asking the questions.
How many defeats does the Left have to suffer before the message sinks in that bullying people and slagging them off does not produce victory?
When debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser, said Socrates. So, too, yesterday. (“An absolute bag of jizz” - charming.)
Anyway, that’s me for a while. I’m taking a break from this place until this lockdown is lifted.
Have a nice summer.