…Larry and Freya of 10 and 11 Downing Street. Those two should be running the country.
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I am restricting my contact with my fellow human beings to brief, and occasionally hostile exchanges on the internet.
A while ago a certain back bench Tory politician raised the issue of Twitter on her blog. I think they call it Twittergate and if they don’t then they should. She asked what at the time must have seemed like a perfectly valid question except that she did this in overtly hostile tones. She wondered whether people who incessantly use Twitter – people with disabilities – should be out there seeking employment because their twittering habit clearly indicated that at the very least they were computer literate. There was a nugget of reasoned debate in the the future (mixed in) that followed this. Some regular tweeters argued that for them twitter was a lifeline, sometimes it was their only connection to the outside world. And this, they said, could only be a ‘good thing’. I’m sure that may be true for some people, perhaps even many people, this may be true. But there are those of us who haven’t really been helped by the expansion of online social networking. Those of us who were isolated in the first place. In some cases it may exacerbate their condition, especially if they have issues with social anxiety at the outset. For there really is no substitute for real live flesh and blood companionship. The internet is a poor substitute for that.
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”. George Orwell quotes (1903-1950).
This was my response on the site itself, a response which was subsequently removed. It seems that I have been censored by a couple of citizens of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave and, of course, the First Amendment. That’s actually quite funny. In fact it’s downright hilarious. That Fred character must be awfully thin skinned (for a sock puppet that is). Maybe one of the pharmaceuticals have developed a drug capable of treating his condition.
In response to a poster who contributed to this debate.
Good article – now we just need statues of Orwell and Churchill to be put outside the houses of parliament!
– RussN , London, 05/4/2013 10:16
Could we not have Kipling?
And I’m not sure we’ve had a proper Conservative Party for a number of decades. Look at Margaret Thatcher’s voting record on ‘liberal’ issues. Fiscally conservative, maybe but morally and socially Conservative? I think not.
Mick Philpott’s children were living in moral squalor and yet this country made him into some kind of circus freak show. That should be the issue being discussed here, not how much they cost.
Bystander apathy on a national scale.
Or, more specifically, to this poster:
People with “medical conditions” should be forced to wear high-visibility vests whenever they leave their homes. Then, the instant they start acting like twats, someone can immediately fill them in and/or hoik them off for a stint in the loony bin. For those who choose not to do so, they should be banged-up in jail. I hate the law allowing people to get off on all sorts of ridiculous technicalities.
If you don’t believe that mental illness exists, my friend, then get out there and campaign for the cessation of the public funding of psychiatry. Go on, I dare you. Take on the generals instead of the foot soldiers. And the protection of the mentally ill is enshrined in law. That is why we have psychiatric hospitals and secure hospitals. We’ve recognised that mental illness can cause people to lose control of their behaviour since the McNaughton Rule was devised. So in 1843 the law was more compassionate to sufferers of mental illness than it is now? I find that quite funny, in a really sick way.
By the way, you mention ‘medical conditions’ rather than mere mental illness: does this mean that you would force an elderly alzheimer’s sufferer to wear one of these ‘high-visibility vests too?
Just a taste of what some forms of mental illness can be like from the inside: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
Bipolar sufferers sometimes experience auditory hallucinations too.
The reaction to this story is truly quite horrifying.
Roper: So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law?
More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that.
More: Oh? And when the last law was down—and the Devil turned round on you—where would you hide? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.
A Man for All Seasons (1960)
“I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, KCVO, DL (10 January 1834 – 19 June 1902), in response to the introduction of the doctrine of papal infallibility.