Tuesday, March 15, 2016

VOTE : What would Stephen do?

Alas, it's probably unlikely that Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination, although he does still have a genuine fighting chance if he can follow up his sensational Michigan victory with some good results tonight.  For a bit of fun, let's suppose that he does make it through, and that Donald Trump is the Republican nominee.  I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering - what would Stephen Daisley do if he had a vote?  That's the subject of today's readers' poll.

There's not much doubt that Daisley would vote for Hillary Clinton given half a chance - she's like Liz Kendall with charisma, and that's a heady combination for our Stephen.  But could he bring himself to vote for Sanders over a madman like Trump?  Let's consider the evidence...

1) Stephen thought that Jeremy Corbyn becoming Labour leader, on a very similar platform to Sanders, was a catastrophe on a par with the Black Death.

2) In a series of bizarre tweets a couple of weeks ago, Stephen seemed to indicate support for "constitutional originalism".  In other words, he thinks justices on the US Supreme Court should not interpret the constitution as a living document that adapts with the times, but should treat each word and phrase in the precise way that was intended in the 18th century.  That suggests he would prefer the sort of conservative justices that a Republican president might appoint, rather than the liberal justices that even Clinton might appoint.

3) In a jaw-dropping article published on the STV website in the wake of the Paris attacks, Stephen seemed to strongly hint that the torture of terror suspects might be morally acceptable in some circumstances.  Donald Trump has of course expressed his support for waterboarding, and for targeting the families of terrorists.

Using your skill and judgement, I want you to guess what Stephen would do if he had a vote in a hypothetical Sanders v Trump contest.  You'll find the voting form at the top of the sidebar (desktop version of the site only).

18 comments:

  1. Not yet, but I'm sure Stephen will write a novel one day. "Atlas Shrugged" is crying out for a sequel.

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    1. Well it's a different Steven daisley! Just for the record, I come here for actual polling info and eurovision trash talking. LOL! If I ever figure out who you are you are talking about....

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    2. Well it's a different Steven daisley! Just for the record, I come here for actual polling info and eurovision trash talking. LOL! If I ever figure out who you are you are talking about....

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  2. Is your lead up article to the question what is usually referred to as "leading"? ;-)

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  3. In true Better Together style, I'm simply giving people The Facts You Need For The Big Decision.

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  4. Glasgow Working Class 2March 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Trump seems to be less Conservative than his opponents when it comes to women's rights. Some of those looney Republicans and Democrats think women are made for hangin over the sink as were former North Lanarkshire councillors.
    I thought water boarding was a recreational sport.

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    1. (sounds the red Tory Klaxon)

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2March 15, 2016 at 9:32 PM

      Anon, do seek help you need it yesterday.

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    3. (sounds the gibbering Britnat Klaxon)

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  5. Are you suggesting that Mr Daisley would self flagellate over Hilary James? Or is it the thought of some waterboarding that gives him a stiffy?

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  6. Glasgow Working Class 2March 15, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    I do not know about Daisley and have never read anything about him. If he gets a stiffy then he should hold it with tender care, why shake away the futrure of Scotland.

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    1. (sounds the uninformed red Tory Klaxon)

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  7. Fyi Hillary swept all 5 states. Trump got 4. Kasich 1. Trump not getting enough vote yet to get nomination before convention. Old guard...it is the G grand O old P party..trying to prevent him. Hillary's delegate gathering machine has it virtually locked up in the Dem side. One of the rare times James and I are on opposite sides. It's been a good race, hope Bernie supporters keep up the fight in the future. Polling? Pretty much spot on. Gender gap for hillary is staggering in some states. Can someone tell me who this Steven Daisley is?

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  8. "There's not much doubt that Daisley would vote for Hillary Clinton given half a chance"

    Other than his comments on the subject, which indicate the complete opposite.

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    1. Unfortunately I had to abandon the 24/7 Daisley-watch because of concerns over my mental health. If you're better-informed on this point than I am, by all means spill the beans.

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    2. Sure. Ctrl-F -> "Hillary" - First search result on his timeline.

      https://twitter.com/JournoStephen/status/709904589135486976

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