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politicians sniping at each other

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etheltbags1 Wed 28-Jan-15 18:49:52

I have never been loyal to any political party as I have always listened to their manifestos and thought, maybe Conservatives have the right idea, then I would listen to Labours ideas and think, 'oh I will vote for them', then I favour the Greens as I am very concerned about our environment, and so on....
I guess I must be a floating voter, so having more time at the minute to watch tv and seeing the start of the run up to the election, I am awaiting to have my mind made up but what really annoys me is the sniping and rudeness of the politicians from every party.
These people are usually from the most highly educated group of society and are eloquent and highly persuasive so why do they insist on insulting each others parties, am I being unreasonable in thinking they should be able to attract voters by stating their intentions in a positive manner and simply not having a 'go' at the other candidates.
They are so childish, I really feel that now I will vote for the party that has candidates who behave in a well mannered way, does anyone know why they behave as they do.

durhamjen Wed 04-Feb-15 20:48:05

"Mohammed Khaliel, director of the community cohesion organisation Islamix, said: “These are the type of comments you’d expect from the EDL, the BNP and possibly Ukip.

“Somebody in a position of responsibility should be making responsible comments,” he said. “For somebody allegedly aspiring to be prime minister of the country, is this really the style and level of comments that he should be making?

“He’s trying for election in Uxbridge and he thinks any publicity is good publicity, but he doesn’t care about the discord that it causes in the community.” "

Quote from the article, magpie.
All he's doing is stirring it, completely wrong in my opinion. Certainly not the sort of comments that a hopeful PM should be making, as I said in my post.

magpie123 Wed 04-Feb-15 15:52:33

durhamjen Sat 31-Jan-15 12:04:11 Not PC enough for you, I happen to agree with him, trust the Guardian newspaper not too.

What would you call them then, nice little boys who have lost their way in life.

rosequartz Wed 04-Feb-15 09:26:10

ethel perhaps you should've gone to that well-known opticians wink

absent Wed 04-Feb-15 05:33:10

Did Tone actually drink his tea?

POGS Wed 04-Feb-15 00:19:51

They say Harold Wilson never smoked his pipe that much and used it more as a prop .

At least Farage drank his beer.

Soutra Tue 03-Feb-15 23:15:48

Nothing is at it seems, full stop.

soontobe Tue 03-Feb-15 22:42:21

hmm, even Boris's hair is crafted.
Nothing , it seems, politics wise, is as it seems.

etheltbags1 Tue 03-Feb-15 22:09:17

riverwalk have you not heard that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Boris has the little boy lost look and his ruffled hair is so cute.

rosequartz Mon 02-Feb-15 20:01:37

Probably because they don't want him as leader - keep him where he is! grin

durhamjen Mon 02-Feb-15 16:51:12

The strange thing is that the Tory party cannot find anyone to replace him as mayor of London. Everyone they've asked so far says no thanks.

rosequartz Mon 02-Feb-15 10:32:26

Now, given a choice between Boris, Russell Brand and Ken Livingstone who would I vote for?
Before anyone posts, this is a hypothetical question.

Riverwalk Mon 02-Feb-15 10:09:29

I've seen Bojo in the flesh ...... fully-clothed I should add (shudder)

He is NOT sexy!

And he ruffles his hair before going on camera - that dishevelled polar bear look is carefully crafted.

rosequartz Mon 02-Feb-15 09:38:46

ethel grin

Certainly charismatic leaders come across better and some people willbe more inclined to vote for them! Boris has it, some politicians do not.

etheltbags1 Mon 02-Feb-15 09:26:11

I think he's sexy

durhamjen Sat 31-Jan-15 12:04:11

So who wants this man as the next leader of the Tory party?

Gracesgran Sat 31-Jan-15 11:55:06

I couldn't agree more etheltbags1 but you do have to think about why they behave like this.

I think it has a lot to do with how they are reported. A clever quip gets on the news. If they keep repeating the same line, it gets repeated at some point (or several hmm) and they feel they are getting their point over. Lazy journalism and tight broadcasting mean that they have no time to explain a point without the "I'm sorry but we are running out of time".

Last Sunday, on the local portion of The Sunday Politics, we had two women from different parties being interviewed. They were allowed to talk. They agreed on some things and disagreed on others. When the interview was over I felt they not only had their own views but I knew what they were. I knew the nuances of these views too. I don't expect to hear this sort of conversation again as they will no doubt be pulled up by their parties for not attacking the other party constantly.

Anya Sat 31-Jan-15 11:26:09

Funny that Ana I've just had a letter from my MP too - the first communication since last election. Do they think we're fooled?

Soutra Sat 31-Jan-15 10:02:21

I think our MP is good enough and seems a decent sort of individual but frankly the thought of another 90 something days of this is enough to drive me to hide under the duvet!

Ana Fri 30-Jan-15 23:45:43

My MP is good as well - I had a letter from him only the other day telling me why he is and asking for my vote at the next election!

Ana Fri 30-Jan-15 23:41:17

Oh for the days of Lord Tonypandy...

Yes, he sounds a charming character.

durhamjen Fri 30-Jan-15 23:27:51

Sorry, from my MP, not for my MP.

durhamjen Fri 30-Jan-15 23:27:14

I've got a file of letters for my MP, and from those in government she has contacted to answer my queries. She's a very good constituency MP.

Deedaa Fri 30-Jan-15 22:09:48

Oh for the days of Lord Tonypandy who could keep control of the house and was respected by most MP's.

When we lived in Cornwall our MP was Matthew Taylor the liberal. He was very good and although we had frequent disagreements he would take the time to write letters detailing his reasons for how he was voting. Our present MP in Berkshire is a patronising idiot and will be getting no votes from me.

POGS Fri 30-Jan-15 19:04:12

I wouldn't do the ruddy job.

grumppa Fri 30-Jan-15 13:41:54

At a table next to my MP at one of our local coffee shops this morning. He was bearing with admirable fortitude an interminable harangue from a constituent. Probably wished he was back behind his ministerial desk, but he does at least show himself in his constituency.