Registered On: September 7, 2015
Let’s put it this way, Bucks. I could disagree with what you have put in your first paragraph, but I won’t, because my honest opinion is that I would be made out to be part of some left wing clique, my views will be mischaracterised and I will be made out to feel like I am nasty by yourself. I don’t think it’s worthwhile engaging with you earnestly in a debate any more as a result. You don’t have to care about this, you can brush my opinions off as my problem, but I just want to put it out there to get yourself to look at yourself in the mirror just for once.
I am by no means perfect. I like to think I respect others for having different opinions (within reason; it would be hard for me to respect a neo-Nazi) while being able to vocalise my own opinions. I am highly critical of Brexit, as everyone probably knows, but I don’t see why this is an issue unless you can’t accept differences in opinion. I don’t think Brexit supporters are inherently nasty and can see points made by some, though they don’t outweigh the disadvantages and many are wrong, and I am not just talking about the bus pledges. I am critical now because I see the promises made by the Dan Hannans of this world falling apart. It was promised by him, yourself and others that they wouldn’t ever be an issue, yet the stockpiling of food showed that they could be with a no deal Brexit. That is less likely now, thankfully, but this is far from what was promised, so I will continue to criticise those who have damaged the country I want best for. I have sympathies with many who voted Brexit, because I don’t think every Brexiter is a charlatan, but I will call out those who led us into this mess, because they have responsibility. Whataboutery regarding remainers is purposeless when they are not the most responsible for leading us here. Johnson, Gove, Patel, Farage and co are. I think this is a reasonable stance, since I am not damning everyone who is a Brexiter and I am acknowledging that reality is often murky. Voting Brexit doesn’t make anyone beyond the pale. I just want to be able to vocalise my opposition to it, even if I am sardonic at times.
I have felt that my right, as well as others’, to be critical has not been respected by you and it is this which has helped cause me to respond to you negatively. There has been nastiness directed in your direction, but your own behaviour hasn’t always helped in that respect*. If I felt you engaged my points with a greater respect, as you say you do have, I would have no problems. Not everyone can disagree with me, but if they want to be treated cordially and with respect they need to demonstrate that they respect me too for having a right to hold an opinion. I don’t even mean respect my opinion, because some may think I am chatting nonsense, but I want to be able to feel like I am not some horrible bugbear out to thwart others because I am not a Brexiter.
*I am not talking about Gurnelista here if you feel I am apologising for him with this, but the reaction from others.