Author: Probably Angry Politics

I said I wouldn’t make any snide celebratory remarks when Boris Johnson tested positive for Covid-19. It got harder to stick to that when Matt Hancock did the same….

Dominic Cummings though?

jezzacorbyn:

look at the state of that fucking bookshelf 

As if I needed another reason to hate him…

Fucking hell adding Matt Hancock to the list of prominent Tories who have Coronavirus is making it really hard not to start celebrating just out of pure spite alone…

If this thing hits Michael Gove and/or Dominic Raab too I’m gonna have to bust out the confetti though.

I won’t be making any posts mocking Boris Johnson or celebrating that he’s tested positive for Coronavirus.

Because my mum always taught me that if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.

My golden rule of not discussing politics with my parents has now landed me in the odd position where my dad thinks I’m a diehard pro-Corbyn Labour supporter and my mum thinks I’m a staunch Tory supporter.

beesandwasps:

And this is just one of the many, many reasons why I’m not on Facebook.

I think I saw a report that there was a QAnon (yes, it’s still going) claim that matched the 5G/contamination thing, so they may be getting it from there. (The reported QAnon claim was even weirder than that… like the coronavirus was a genetically engineered weapon which would be activated by 5G signals so that the shadowy conspirators could shut down opposition, or something like that… it even involved chemtrails, IIRC, and there was something about vaccines being evil, too.)

probablyangypolitics:

Do you have any people claiming it isn’t actually real and is some massive hoax yet?

I’ve got a few of those. One fantastically dumb bitch I used to go to school with seems convinced that it’s not rea,,y a disease but 5G networking that’s making everyone ill.

Somehow.

Because the ‘world government’ wants to inject everyone with chemicals in the form of a vaccine and need to spread panic in order to make everyone eager to line up to be ‘contaminated’ with…. yeah she hasn’t gotten that part worked out yet, but she’s so close to the real truth, guys!

harrisonfrank:

Interesting pattern emeging on my Facebook feed since lockdown.

We have gone from medieval cure all ills, and leeching, to old West snake oil, to the modern day equivalent, Apple Cider Vinegar. We still have people who think the earth is flat and vaccinations cause autism.

We have the most advanced medical care in history and still have people living in the 15th century.

Next they will be saying Coronaviris is caused by an imbalance of your humours

See the thing is most people I know on Facebook who are demonstrable morons I keep around on Facebook because their idiotic squawking on general political issues makes me laugh at their expense.

But when the issue of the day is a global pandemic, the insane contributions from the peanut gallery of lowest common denominator shitheads are not only unwelcome but also fantastically fucking dangerous.

It’s no coincidence that the same “we don’t need no experts” brand of Brexiteers are primarily the ones talking demonstrable bullshit about this pandemic. 

I knew a lot of the people I went to school with were political idiots, be they Tory, Brexiteer, the kind of drooling idiots who think Trump is the only honest politician in the world, or those rare ones who are full-blown Communist and think Jeremy Corbyn should lead a military coup to overthrow the ‘illegitimate’ Boris Johnson government (yes, really).

But finding out a bunch of them are anti-vaxxers (it’s always the ones who have like 3 kids too), or raging next-level conspiracy theorists has been… fundamentally depressing.

I live in a very safe Tory constituency.

I know a large chunk of my neighbours all clapping the NHS are lifelong Tory voters.

Those fucking arseholes.

harrisonfrank:

Interesting pattern emeging on my Facebook feed since lockdown.

We have gone from medieval cure all ills, and leeching, to old West snake oil, to the modern day equivalent, Apple Cider Vinegar. We still have people who think the earth is flat and vaccinations cause autism.

We have the most advanced medical care in history and still have people living in the 15th century.

Next they will be saying Coronaviris is caused by an imbalance of your humours

Do you have any people claiming it isn’t actually real and is some massive hoax yet?

I’ve got a few of those. One fantastically dumb bitch I used to go to school with seems convinced that it’s not rea,,y a disease but 5G networking that’s making everyone ill.

Somehow.

Because the ‘world government’ wants to inject everyone with chemicals in the form of a vaccine and need to spread panic in order to make everyone eager to line up to be ‘contaminated’ with…. yeah she hasn’t gotten that part worked out yet, but she’s so close to the real truth, guys!

rokuro86:

The speaker shouldn’t be selected from a pool of MP’s in the first instance – it creates bias

probablyangypolitics:

All it’d need is legislation to classify the Speaker as not a sitting MP. 

As soon as he gets elected by the House to the position of Speaker he shouldn’t count as a sitting MP because he doesn’t at that point represent any actual constituents.

Speaker gets elected, takes his seat, then a by-election should be called to fill the seat on the government/opposition benches that he just vacated.

I hate how Parliament is so fundamentally broken often in such weirdly stupid ways.

michaelgovehateblog:

I know it’s not really relevant at the moment, but something that’s really shit about the way parliament works is how people who live in the speaker’s constituency don’t really get a vote – I get WHY and I understand that by convention nobody runs against the speaker, but there has to be a better way of keeping it fair than stopping tens of thousands of people having their say in elections

If they’re being elected to a job basically being in control of the House of Commons it actually makes perfect sense that the person being chosen should come from the Commons.

And it’s not like a Speaker is somehow by default going to favour the party he used to represent.

Bercow was elected as a Tory MP but ended up pissing the Tories off so much because of their bullshit shenanigans about Brexit that they were actively talking about running a candidate in his seat to replace him just to try and get rid of the guy.

Bercow showed that the Speaker’s first and only loyalty is to the rules and procedures of the House, not to any party in it even if he used to be one of them.

michaelgovehateblog:

I know it’s not really relevant at the moment, but something that’s really shit about the way parliament works is how people who live in the speaker’s constituency don’t really get a vote – I get WHY and I understand that by convention nobody runs against the speaker, but there has to be a better way of keeping it fair than stopping tens of thousands of people having their say in elections

All it’d need is legislation to classify the Speaker as not a sitting MP. 

As soon as he gets elected by the House to the position of Speaker he shouldn’t count as a sitting MP because he doesn’t at that point represent any actual constituents.

Speaker gets elected, takes his seat, then a by-election should be called to fill the seat on the government/opposition benches that he just vacated.

I hate how Parliament is so fundamentally broken often in such weirdly stupid ways.