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Do you believe the British are political dunces?

Not a political post but a post about knowledge.

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A_man_called_CHIOG  Male  South East London 29-Oct-2019 18:31 Message #4760914
I’ve seen this said a few times in the forum and wondered if it was true.
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Templar2013  Male  South East London 29-Oct-2019 18:47 Message #4760924
I don’t think we are less knowledgeable than other countries but I do think we need more education in politics.
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 29-Oct-2019 18:47 Message #4760925
I think its more about who you vote for and why rather than lack of education, I guess we all tend to think people who agree with us are smart. Some people just arn't interested in politics, just as some arn't interested in cooking, sport, history or travel. I find it hard to fathom why some people arn't interested in something that is so important in our lives, but thats just how it is, if you tried to force people to learn, they'd just switch off even more, just as I'm sure we all did with some subjects at school.
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eurostar  Female  Merseyside 29-Oct-2019 21:08 Message #4760941
most people have no true knowledge of whats going on in politics, they know what the media tells us...…...and programmes telling us what MAY happen when whatever happens don't help. media tells one story and as we all know there are two sides to every story told then there is the truth......
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Cautious1954  Female  Berkshire 29-Oct-2019 22:42 Message #4760944
I think we know basic politics in this country but it’s still media and social media led information. Teaching politics in schools might help the country towards making better decisions in the future.
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Orson  Male  Tayside 30-Oct-2019 00:34 Message #4760952
One doesn't know what most people think. A guess is the best one, or anyone, can attempt. However The media has decided that the opinion page outweighs the actual news. Therefore The media and it's outlets - ie, Newspapers. Television, any recognisable "news" fulcrums are governed by this new, "status quo" One is better off, perhaps, in making a view based upon "unsullied" information. The latter of which, to all intents and purposes, is at a premium - and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future, sadly.
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Nigel_In_Devon  Male  Devon 30-Oct-2019 05:09 Message #4760953
I think most of the "politically uneducated" jibes appear from people when someone else doesn't agree with their view.
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tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 30-Oct-2019 06:17 Message #4760955
I think it ranges from people who know a lot....to people who know sod all....to people who think they know a lot, but know sod all....

The majority of people though, in my opinion, wouldn't score well on Mastermind, with a 'specialist' subject of 'politics'

Most people know bits and pieces....and are influenced by what they read etc...Nowadays, with Google, Wiki and the like, it's easy to get info...whether the info is biased or not...but a lot of the info doesn't stay in the head..

The main one of here, who says that we are not politically educated, seems to be one of the biggest politically uneducated person that posts....a wind up merchant....who really is so narrow minded on politics that it is mind blowing....
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NoSaint  Female  Devon 30-Oct-2019 06:42 Message #4760958
Do you believe the British are political dunces?
Not a political post but a post about knowledge.


We need more political education and more youngsters learning about politics other than by a biased media. I think we are one of the more knowledgeable countries which is why we have such an enormous “middle ground” which accepts what is best for the majority rather than be influenced by the hardcore extremists to the far left and fat right.
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Beach  Male  Dorset 30-Oct-2019 09:56 Message #4760974
It is the political zealot who is the dunce because folk who hold intransigent political views see life through a slit so narrow that it excludes the rest of life’s broad spectrum of light from ever reaching them.
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SQL  Male  Devon 30-Oct-2019 20:01 Message #4761004
What is 'political knowledge'? Is it knowing the broad range of political options/beliefs?

What one zealot thinks as very important is probably insignificant to the average person. Just believing in a bunch of restrictive ideals that does not encompass the full spectrum of possibilities will lead to a blinkered view I think.

SQL
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MrQuiet  Male  Northamptonshire 31-Oct-2019 23:51 Message #4761081
It would be good for more education on how our parliamentary system works and the recent history of the country’s politics.
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Minnie-the-Minx  Female  Hertfordshire 1-Nov-2019 08:32 Message #4761088
Not dunces, so much as not taking a lot of interest and therefore being a tad politically naive in a lot of cases.
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Hierophant  Male  East Anglia 1-Nov-2019 09:01 Message #4761090
Not at all, I actually think most people are switched on and do take an interest in politics. It's that good old British trait of pretending we aren't interested in anything that gives a false impression....

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Sleeper59  Male  Northamptonshire 2-Nov-2019 22:18 Message #4761269
Most people are... They have not yet realised that when you see any person on a stage they are just actors. from this we can deduced that most politician, preachers and other peoples on stages are just actors..
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jennifer  Female  Gloucestershire 3-Nov-2019 09:53 Message #4761313
So agree with your comment, Nigel. Apparently I am very stupid and uneducated and don't know who/what I am voting for .... and yes, comes from people with whom I don't agree!
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HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire 4-Nov-2019 08:35 Message #4761418
I think most of the "politically uneducated" jibes appear from people when someone else doesn't agree with their view.

Correct. When you listen to someone talking politics it’s usually easy to guess which newspaper they read.
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JustLyn  Female  Cheshire 4-Nov-2019 11:27 Message #4761435
I'd add do people who choose a political stance care about how the result of their vote affects the people who most need support.

If someone votes for Brexit based on immigration because they don't like their Asian neighbours then they are a bit of a dunce because Brexit is nothing to do that era of immigration.

If a millionaire / billionaire votes Conservative because he feels his investments are better protected and they haven't chased him much to pay his taxes, he might not care about people's benefits being cut. He or she might be uneducated and a dunce in living in a wealthy bubble and not even be aware of those living in doorways, or going to food banks or then again, he or she might be fully aware, not a dunce but just think anyone who doesn't agree is extreme left and wants a communist state.
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Cautious1954  Female  Berkshire 4-Nov-2019 11:56 Message #4761438
These conversations show more than anything else that many have absolutely no understanding of others, other parties they disagree with, or anyone who isn’t on the same wavelength.
This applies equally to left and right, rich and poor.
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HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire 6-Nov-2019 22:42 Message #4761709
Do you believe the British are political dunces?

No. I don’t believe they are political geniuses either.

Btw. Good post Cautious.
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terry  Male  West Yorkshire 6-Nov-2019 23:34 Message #4761714
Do I believe the british are political dunces? in short, yes. Any people who would consider a bunch of openly lying, cheating and judgemental candidates for office are not only dunces, but complicit.
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NoSaint  Female  Devon 7-Nov-2019 07:29 Message #4761717
An educated society would want fairness. Fairness can only come from the middle ground otherwise it would be fair.
Once again it’s the extremists killing our society from both the far left and far right.

I’m also fed up with the lying, cheating politicians of Labour and Conservative. I agree that those who vote for extremists are complicit, selfish and self-centred. Corbyn and Johnson aren’t extremists but those behind them and have influence certainly are.
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NoSaint  Female  Devon 7-Nov-2019 07:34 Message #4761719
Cautious1954 Female Berkshire 4-Nov-2019 11:56 Message #4761438
These conversations show more than anything else that many have absolutely no understanding of others, other parties they disagree with, or anyone who isn’t on the same wavelength.
This applies equally to left and right, rich and poor.


I hadn’t noticed your post earlier Cautious1954 but you are spot on.


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