Friday, 26 April 2013

Facebook Debate

Okay so this is the conversation I promised. I've taken his name out and replaced it with “Other Guy” because it’s not nice to name and shame people. Apart from that all content is an exact copy.
If you disagree with me at any point please let me know! I make a lot of points, and they weren't always exceptionally well thought out, so I'm just proud I made them at all. As I said in the vlog, I like to be challenged, and that picture has made me think what exactly it is I believe in and stand for. Watch this space, I might even work it out one day.

Michael: Okay unfortunately I'm in an awkward mood and feel like being awkward with it. As a filthy, godless liberal, I wish to address each of these quotations. (Other Guy, I'm sorry, I know you just shared this and didn't actually make it, but still.)
Other Guy: I don't really relate this to Liberals even though it says it, because I saw it from one of my american friends who voted for Romney, so it's not the best of photos of course but the group of photos basically encompasses the 'student type' who protested over Thatchers funeral, moan about Cameron, moan about muslims and polish 'invading our country and taking our jobs' just because they can't get one themselves, then tells everyone else not to be racist. It's irritating.
MP: 1: We need to respect all culture and religion... Except Christianity. No we fekkin don't. We need to respect the rights of people to freedom of choice, whether that be religion, sexuality, gender identity, marriage or whatever. If a culture impedes these rights I am against it.
2: Believes in Freedom of Speech... Unless it Offends her. (okay so I'm a him). I can take offence. I want to hear your position, and I want to debunk it. Yes it annoys me, yes often it's just hilariously insulting, but you have a right to say it.
3: All corporations are evil.... religious devotion to Apple. I don't even know who makes my phone it's second hand xD Not a political thing there at all, I'm just poor 
4: Protests against the 1%... except (list). Okay so one of that list is, you know, American and I'm British, although it is a shame you need to be rich to run any kind of campaign. I don't mind people being rich, so long as they help the poor and pay their taxes.
5: Celebrate diversity except... conservative, straight, white (list). We celebrate straight whites a lot in English history class. "Diversity" is often "lets talk about someone ELSE for a bit". It's unfortunate that most white people we cover are warmongers or Imperialists and most "diverse" people we cover are idealists who died almost martyr's deaths, but that's an imbalance in the teaching system. Again, you have a right to your views, just accept I am going to argue them.
6. Hates capitalism... goes to a private.... Again, British/English. I go to a university and rack up debt. And I do a science.... granted it's a social science.
MP: RANT OVER. Kind of. If you don't believe the picture don't post it. The people who protested Thatcher's funeral had genuine grievances, not least because very few politicians ever get a state funeral and to give on to someone a lot of people hate? And I have never moaned about muslims and polish "invading our country" (just to say, that's what a lot of liberals blame conservatives for saying. Funny how that works!).

OG: I believe the picture, I just don't relate to the top quote which is about 1/8 of the entire photograph. And alot of people who protested against her funeral had no grievances at all, that's rubbish. I know people who 1. Don't pay tax 2. Weren't alive when she was around 3. Whose families were not affected by her, who still moaned and met up to protest simply because it gave them something to do. Just like the London Riots, did everyone protest 'against the government because of police tyranny for killing a man who was known already to be criminal scum but because he wasn't white everyone went up in flames about it'? No. People rioted for the sake of jumping on the band wagon.
MP: ALL our lives were affected by Thatcher. Often through inaction by later (and if you want to argue political history, earlier) Labour politicians, I grant you. And thought you may know some people who fit into your categories, does not mean EVERYONE fits. And just because you don't pay taxes does not prohibit you from protesting. Although I would contest it if they held up "I don't want my taxes paying for this" sign. If they did, you have a valid point. As an addendum, and at the risk of a personal attack, you were not alive when she was around, so why are you defending her? If you condemn people who were born after for attacking her, surely you should condemn people born after for defending her?

And yes, some people may have done it for something to do. But it was not violent, it was a a quiet protest to show that we do not all support Thatcher.
MP: As for the riots... that was one hell of a complicated event and we could throw whole book's worth of words at each other. I'm just going to refrain from responding. I would even argue it was not a political issue. "Liberals" didn't loot, looters did.
OG: Basically, I'll put it this way. People who protest and moan about the government, like students who protested over the £9000 uni fee. Why should the government pay your drinking tab? Most £9000 if you look at surveys they've done goes to 2-3 books but mostly for alcohol and condoms. And a vast majority of them drop out anyway or choose a completely different job than what they studied for. That is why I do not like these moaning student types. Yes, not everyone is like that, but you make it sound like no student is like that. Theres no point defending people who wouldn't give a poop about the real situation if they were given the chance to do something. If many people were given the chance for a 1 on 1 interview with Cameron, more than half wouldn't have the balls to say anything nor would they say they had much of a problem. We could argue about it all day but of course, your liberal, so your view was written in stone when the world was created. That's the trouble with political views, someone always has something to retaliate to something someone says, hence why so many dictatorships are becoming popular.
MP: The £9000 fee has nothing to do with drinking... It goes straight to the university, we don't see it. What you are thinking of is the Maintenance Loan, which admittedly does go to drinking, as well as food, accommodation, heating, water, electric (depending on how nice your landlord is. The student housing system is... odd, to say the least). The maintenance loan is dependent on your family income (the more your family earns, the less you get). If your family is very low income you can get a grant, or certain reliefs and bursaries, often university funded, and high achievers often receive scholarships. At the end we have to pay off the tuition fee AND the maintenance loan, with certain conditions in place. I personally view it more as a tax on education than a debt, as it does not follow the usual pattern for debts (for instance, its is income dependant and if you can't pay it no-one demands the money). This system was created BY the conservatives, and I actually think they did a pretty fair job of it. The problem was mostly in the education about it, as you so wonderfully showed, and I think this scared a lot of people away. Also the chances of paying off your debt are quite low, so in 30 years time we could have an issue. But that remains to be seen.

Also we get condoms free  As can you! Just go to Connexions, they give you free condoms. Not so sure about doctors, you'll have to ask. Don't be afraid to, they are often very friendly.
OG: As I said before, the problem with Liberals, 'Believes in Freedom of Speech, Unless it offends them'. As you've shown yourself, my opinions offended you so you've had a rant on a photo, you have inadvertently proven my point and the photographs point good sir.
MP: If I had a chance to talk to Cameron? Interesting, you've actually made me think what I'd say. For one, I'd congratulate him on being the politician to see through gay marriage. I'd probably open with that. Then I'd say "I'm NOT a Thatcherite" because, well, I'm not. And neither is he, really. After that? I'm not so sure. I mean I don't like Cameron that much, but I don't really hate him either. Get rid of Osbourne, that would be nice. Give Vince Cable a shot, it is a coalition after all. Beyond that? I'll have a look.

My views were not set in stone when the world was created, although nice dramatic statement there. I'm not going to argue that the world was not "created" because I'm pretty sure you meant that as a metaphor. My views constantly change, and have done for a while. I think it's because I am still young, and I'm still taking in all the information the world presents me with and trying desperately to sort it.

Just a little debating tip. I cannot follow your arguments very well, a lot of them do not follow logically. Just sit back, think through what you want to say, then write it. The last points about dictatorships particularly did not flow from the previous reasoning.

OG: Trololol, debating tips? This is Facebook my dear boy, if you want to debate, go join a debating club in your university, it's what your £9k went towards yes? You are a typical liberal as stated above, someone begins to prove your points wrong, you get offended and have to disagree with the points. It's a shame.

OG: And I await your long, drawn out case against my comment.

MP: My point is you said you did not agree with the photo. " I don't really relate this to Liberals even though it says it,". By all means post it, but try to post views or photos which accurately show your beliefs.

I was, in truth, offended by this picture. But I don't want you to take it down unless you want to. For one thing, I got to have a jolly good rant about it. I can take being offended, so long as I am allowed to talk back. But if you do not agree with something, you perhaps should not post it?

Facebook can actually be a medium for intelligent debate, believe it or not. And if I am offended by something, it is only natural that I will disagree and retaliate. Part of offence is disagreeing. I could hardly be offended if I agreed with the picture now could I?

Again, you misunderstand what the £9000 tuition fee goes towards. If anything, I just told you that the cost to the government is HIGHER than you initially assumed, and yet you do not take advantage of this new bit of information? I would have thought that's a pretty good argument for you to use, and in honesty I have little counter to it.

MP: (I'm glad you do, because I wrote it  )

MP: Anyway, I must apologise and leave, I'm tired, and seeing as I don't want to squander my £9000 drinking fund by starting the booze late tomorrow, I better get some sleep. Goodnight!*

OG: I can post what I wish, freedom of speech my dear sir, that is what all you liberal types moan about but don't like other people having as stated above 

I don't take down things that offend people and make them butthurt over. Deal with it  I agree with it now I have seen a liberal rant first hand, thank you

But I did not offer a debate so infact it is just you being angry over a hilarious photo. And yes you could have actually.

Again, you are wrong my dear boy. If I were you I wouldn't waste your time replying as your typing vast amounts of information for a point that I don't care about. Then again that is politics is it not?

(Good! Classic liberal personality shining through  )

MP: Unfortunately, I also have freedom of speech, and so I get to make a reply. Of course this being Facebook you could just delete my comment(s), but I'm sure you want to keep this as a reminder of how your views are infallible.

Equally unfortunately, for my tired mind and worn fingers last night, you did not even seem to read any of my comments. I suppose they were quite long. If you had, you would see how pretty much all of your final statements are invalid. Oh well.

OG: Oh Michael, your so butthurt it makes my laugh. The verybpoint and reason of this photo was to offed liberals and watch them try debate and draw out long, useless points about what they believe in when really, no one cares.

MP: My butt is not in anyway hurt. You miss the point where I like doing this, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity.**

*This was incredibly immature, I know.

 **Yes this is actually how it ended.

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