Indeed, I'd say your post I've quoted is a prime example of baiting because you have done nothing other than express your own interpretation of an argument as authoritative, definitive and moralistically superior to those who you were trying to convince.
Nail on the head right there as to what is going so wrong at the moment. Not necessarily towards James, whose posts I've seen for many years and who has always come across as a decent chap, but there seems to be this stalemate whereby both ends of the political spectrum are so loudly at odds with each other that there feels like no middle ground.
The perception right now is that everyone must be either hard left or hard right - to express a view that immigration might need to be more controlled than it is currently, you're instantly a xenophobic hard right UKIP-voting right-winger. To say that we should maybe show a bit of compassion to those in other countries who are having a bit of a bad time, you're instantly a sandal-wearing snowflake left-winger.
The vast majority of the population are somewhere in the middle of these 2 extremes, but for some reason that voice isn't cutting through, making the extremes all the more noticeable despite actually not being that big a number of people.
Absolutely. The UK is centre ground in politics anyway. Most Brits care about those in genuine peril and in need of compassion, and we all want things resolved. Being concerned about mass immigration is a natural human trait, it means neither that people are anti-immigration or racist. Controlling immigration would also benefit those poor refugees because the public would be more sympathetic towards helping them. Politicians are not helping though. When Labour won Stoke on Thursday, straightaway it was said that the victory represented "Politics of hope rather than politics of fear" which suggested that anyone who voted for a person other than Snell, were horrible wicked people spreading hate. What does "hope over fear" even relate to? And why the need to say it? Then the Libdem Baroness on 'This Week' accused the Tories of being "far right" which Andrew Neill and Alan Johnson slammed her for. It is politicians who are causing the divisions by using soundbites that are dangerous and deliberately provocative. But........I suggest we leave it there with regards to the "Politics" side of DS.
What I have genuinely missed about Digital Spy's downtime is the TV Ratings discussions as it seems odd not having a chance to take part in a Let It Shine is a flop and The Voice is a monster hit discussion! I wonder how Let It Shine did in the ratings last night?
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