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Facing down fears — 7 Comments

  1. A thought, in England, as opposed to Britain, the tabloid press, such as the Sun, has too much effect on how many people vote.
    I think also that there are those voters who put their X against any name that takes their fancy. without giving any thought to the party. and then there are those that vote for a particular party because their parents, granparents etc. voted that way.

  2. The thing about the US election is that it’s unclear how we can influence the outcome, which will affect us. Yes, we need to understand what makes people vote in the ways they do, but having gained some understanding what can we then do about it? It’s hard not to feel that voting decisions are often based on media images and personal prejudices, not on any real appreciation of what a candidate proposes or might achieve. To be honest, a lot of my political preferences are generated that way – what do I know about Obama apart from what I’m told through the television, radio or papers? – but my prejudices favour measured, articulate, highly educated urban types, who I gather are anathema to much of the American voting public.

  3. I Agree Peter, and then there are those who look at the 3 main parties in this country!!!!!!!!! and have to put their X somewhere else. Ian that is what makes people swing to the extreme parties.

  4. P.S. I’m voting for the ‘Keep the countryside open for all to enjoy, NOT just the Ramblers’ party !!!!

  5. After watching Dispatches on channel 4 last night, and seeing how Ashcroft and Laidlaw both ‘Lords’ ‘fiddle the system’ to finance the self seekers i.e. the tories I realise that the yanks have not learnt their lessons very well, those two have financial manipulation down to a fine art

  6. Wow touched some nerves with this one! I am amazed that people think they are voting for one person and a running mate . . there’s much more to government than the leader. I’ve worked in the Public Service and frankly there’s more truth to “Yes Minister” than we care to admit.
    “Why did George W. Bush get home comfortably in 2004?” He didn’t he won via a Supreme court judgement due to flawed polling in Florida.
    I agree to some degree with Dot, we only know what we are seeing via the media which is largely left wing.

  7. When I went to live in the North in ’83, I couldn’t understand why people couldn’t behave in a ‘reasonable’ way and act according to ‘liberal’ values that operated in England – I completely misunderstood their worldview (as did successive secretaries of state).

    After the decline of organized religion in Europe, there was a tendency on the part of liberal rationalists to assume their view was normative (as the church had done in previous centuries). Certain things are ruled in: multiculturalism, multinationalism, egalitarianism, etc; and certain things are ruled out. The things being ruled out, or being perceived as being ruled out, are obviously things dear to people’s hearts

    The Sun is a very skillful newspaper – its object is to sell as many copies as possible. It will not try to lead – in doing so it might alienate people; but it will gauge where people are going and be at their forefront. Its editorials are fascinating – in a paper known for Page 3, they are quite socially conservative.

    PS. It was the 2000 election that was disputed; in 2004 it was clear.

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