General Election 2017: Be Nice Please
Even I'm getting fed up with it ...
POSTED BY DAVID PIBWORTH ON 06/06/2017 @ 8:00AM
This is the last blog post before the snap General Election. I have to say it doesn't feel much like a 'snap' one to me as it just seems to go on and on and on ...
I'm glad the General Election will be over in three days, even I'm getting fed up with it ...
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What was predicted as a boring election has proved far from dull. Sadly it's been overshadowed by terrorist atrocities, but as all parties agree, it must go on, as to delay it would play into the hands of the terrorists.
"Some polls predict a close call for the Conservatives, although the difficulty with the polls is that they are so varied."
If you follow YouGov, it looks like a hung Parliament, and if you follow ICM then it's a landslide Conservative victory, so in the end, people just follow the one that puts their party in the best light, which is a bit fruitless. Personally, I follow the bookmakers, not least as I understand their world whereas I don't have a clue as to how pollsters work.
The bookies are still all odds on for a clear Conservative win, but not the majority the Prime Minister was clearly after. But, as I always point out, the bookies can be wrong, though they are usually pretty close as they look at it purely with a financial eye.
If they give wrong odds on the General Election, they are in danger of losing money, and so having studied it closely. I come to the conclusion that although they are taking about the same amount of bets on both major parties they still have it in favour of a Conservative win, and the last Ladbrokes man I spoke to said he thought it was an 80% chance that there would be a 70 seat Tory majority.
I don't think it'll be that big, and anyway, all I put on was £20 on Labour when they were 20/1. They are now 12/1, so I'm not holding out much hope of my £400 profit ... but who knows?
"Anyway my blog post this week isn't to convince you to have a punt on politics. It's more of a plea for decency."
I've noticed a significant amount of spitefulness on this election with people getting very abusive towards each other on social media, and it just shouldn't be like that.
Both parties have things I agree and disagree with. That's politics. Both have told porkies to endear themselves to you. That's politics. It's always happened and always will. Because that's politics.
The Conservatives may win, Labour may win, or it may even be a hung Parliament. Personally, I would like to see one main party or the other win by a small majority, so they can do things but can be held to account by the opposition.
But whoever wins, don't keep the antagonism going to those who voted a different way. Whoever gets in is going to have one hell of a problem on security alone given what we're seeing at present, and would need support rather than hatred.
"By all means have a gloat if your side wins, and a bit of a rant if they don't, but keep it to half a day and then move on."
There are more urgent things to attend to than petty political bickering on Facebook and Twitter, so get it into perspective and thank your lucky stars that we are living in a country where we can kick the government out every 5 years.
And be glad that it'll be over in three days as even I'm getting fed up ... and I usually enjoy them.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.