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Living in a bubble

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Geren, May 5, 2021.

  1. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I'm taking a break because I've just had an exhausting hour long conversation with a grown up human who couldnt tell me if Scotland had gained independence, didn't know what Brexit stood for, didn't know if Brexit had happened, knew that they'd voted in both referenda but couldn't remember which way they'd voted, didn't know there was a difference between the concept of Europe and the concept of a European Union and who has previously referred to Scotland's First Minister as 'that wee woman what does the covid updates'.

    I was going to ask if they were voting in the elections tomorrow but decided on the off chance that they didn't know there were any, I wouldn't alert them in case they decided to exercise their rights. How does someone get to be SO disengaged with EVERYTHING?
     
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  2. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Gammon, then? ;)
     
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  3. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I'm not surprised about "that wee woman" effect. I really do think the English Government should have thought about the possible unexpected effects of you all being exposed to Nicola, and the Welsh to their equivalent as a result of BoJo having his own show, every day.... Accurate, thought through Press Releases would have been better in my opinion, but then I've never basked in the false limelight of politics.
     
  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Boris fodder. His dream voter.
     
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  5. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Do you think s/he has heard of him, though?

    S
     
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  6. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    Everything you have quoted is politics related. Obviously they have no interest in politics which you have. On the other hand their knowledge on say sports or music may be encyclopaedic.
     
  7. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    They did say they didn't 'follow politics' but I feel that not following politics and not bothering to find out the result of a referendum you voted in goes beyond not following. It's utterly ignoring! You don't have to do a lot of reading or TV watching to pick up at least the very basics of what's going on in the world. This person has children. I can't see how someone could have kids and not be the least bit interested knowing how their education is funded and where their healthcare comes from and whether or not you're going to be able to go on your jollies to the Costa Del Whatever next year with them.
     
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  8. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    We don’t have an English government.... we have a Scottish, Welsh, N. Ireland & UK government (which consists of members from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & England) but not an English one.
     
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  9. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    If they don't vote then their ignorance of politics should not matter.
    The risk is that someone in authority over them 'helps' them obtain a postal ballot and then 'helps' them vote. That would be an offence but who would know.
     
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  10. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I vote you should have one - separate to Westminster - utterly devolved.
     
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  11. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    All the time we are a union I’m fairly happy to have a uk government but am quite surprised when things are blamed on the English government or London.... when the uk government is all of the union and we have had a good deal of excellent prominent Scots and Welsh members but apparently it’s the English when things go wrong. Just saying.
    ;)
     
  12. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    lol, you really expect anyone to take politics seriously these days. Personally I don’t believe a single word they utter.
    Like any good con man/woman politicians will show such interest in your problems, complete with raised eyebrows and furrowed foreheads, agreeing nods and sympathetic smiles......whatever it takes to convince you.

    If you fall for it, then more fool you.
    They are all bent and devious and those that aren’t would sell their kids to be in a position to be so.

    They are vile!!
     
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  13. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    Harsh..... but not far off the mark.
     
  14. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Why not go down a federal route? I was born in Yorkshire but live in Notts. Given of choice of voting in the East Midlands or Yorkshire I would be inclined to vote in Yorkshire unless a bit of tactical voting was needed.
     
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  15. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Politicians come and go. By the next general election Bozo will be history. Tories are very good at removing leaders who become liabilities. Even Labour eventually ditch their leaders; they just allow leaders to fail dismally in an election before sacking them. As for Ms Sturgeon, its not my place to encourage her moving on.
     
  16. pixelpuffin

    pixelpuffin Well-Known Member

    Try as I might, I don’t think the sincerity will come back. Thanks to the web and social media the public aren’t so easily hoodwinked as they once were. For me a long held pipe dream is perfect AI, not like the horror movies. But a algorithm that abides by the rules and laws that we are ALL supposed to adhere too. It seems many struggle to accept it applies to themselves too!!

    Mankind can no longer be trusted, greed and weakness will eventually destroy this planet.
     
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  17. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    It's the ignorant ones who vote who ruin it for everyone else. :rolleyes:
     
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  18. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    Would that be the ones that vote differently to you?
     
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  19. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    You really meant "algorithm" ...
     
  20. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    My sentence can be punctuated/read in more than one way. ;)
     
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