I'll start by apologising in advance, because the majority of you won't have a clue what this post is all about. But as a matter of principle, I object strongly to being censored, especially when others are apparently free to call me an "utter arse" and to tell me to "shut the hell up" with total impunity. So here is my PB reply to Jonathan Foy that disappeared without trace a few hours ago. For obvious reasons I've had to reconstruct it from memory, so it won't be 100% word-for-word identical to what I originally wrote.
Well done, Jonathan! Well done! You've earned your seven likes from Plato's loyal band of followers, and doubtless it will be 21 likes in a few minutes, so you can get off your high horse now.
Small hint, though - that's a symptom of the problem, not an affirmation of your moral righteousness.
Fact - Plato has a consistent track record of abusing new non-Tory posters.
Fact - You, I, and the dogs on the street know that to be true, and risibly demanding that I trawl through countless hundreds of threads from months or years ago to find the relevant quotes will not alter that reality.
Fact - These antics from Plato and her fellow travellers have led to a state of affairs in which the only left-wing posters left on this site are those with the patience of a saint, like Nick Palmer, and those who can pay back with interest what is chucked at them, like Tim.
PS. If you're as familiar with my contributions as you say, you really ought to have realised that telling me to "shut the hell up" was not the most promising of strategies. A very good afternoon to you, and I look forward to reading your generous welcome to Mandy.
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Has so much attention ever been given to a half-hearted student mock vote which limped to a dismal 13% turnout? The news of Glasgow University's "referendum" on Scottish independence is - bizarrely - the third most-read story on the BBC news website at the moment. It's impossible to know how to interpret the results without any kind of baseline figures, but on the whole I'd say that a 38% Yes vote is better than might have been expected. I'm a Glasgow graduate, and certainly when I was there student politics were completely dominated by the suffocating Labour machine. It also has to be remembered that a very substantial minority of the students are English, and are only resident in Scotland on a temporary basis.