Am I allowed to say “Back by popular demand”? Since people have said “Oohhh… Ranty Friday is back, I loved it” when I did one last week I have decided to bring it back again. So here goes.
This is probably going to be a controversial one this week and I might regret this but here goes.
All week, on Twitter, #CameronMustGo has been trending. Well it might not have been ALL week but it has certainly been on the trends list for a good four days now. And it bothers me for a couple of reasons, but before I get into those let me put this out there and make it very clear before this becomes some kind of political debate. I am not a fan of David Cameron’s. I think what he has done with most of his policies is harmful at best, and downright damaging to millions of people at worst. Please remember that statement as you read the rest of this post.
David Cameron, like him or loathe him is doing his job. He is doing what he thinks is right and fighting for what he believes in. Despite the rest of us thinking otherwise. Should we really be starting campaigns on Twitter demanding he goes? I really don’t think we should.
Imagine you were David Cameron. Actually scrap that. Imagine you are you with a deep seated conviction for something. How would you feel if you saw trending on Twitter that #<insert name>MustGo How would you feel if you knew millions of people were basically calling for your head on a plate for a week?
Is it not bullying in the extreme?
Is that really what social media is for? Bullying somebody en masse? Does it not smack of mob mentality?
It makes me feel very uncomfortable.
This isn’t how British politics work either. We don’t all tweet en masse in order to bring about the Prime Minister’s resignation. I am pretty sure something else has to happen for that to take place. Like a General Election? And I am also pretty certain that we can’t ask for one of those just by sending a tweet.
Ditto getting them to change policies, surely there have to be meetings with Select Committees in order for change to happen? I am not saying don’t use social media for change,of course I am not, but making it personal I think is wrong. Regardless of who that person is.
We are quick to call out bullies on Twitter and also quick to support anti-bullying campaigns yet feel it is acceptable to bully a man just because he is Prime Minister? That makes me very uncomfortable. Whilst many of us don’t agree on his politics, and find what he has done to Britain unforgivable, he is still a human being and I don’t think # campaigns calling for his downfall are the right thing to be doing.
Told you it was a controversial one this week. What do you think?
PS, talking of #, if you are over on Twitter do look at #PutYourBatsOut . Thousands of photographs of people putting their cricket bats out in support of Philip Hughes. Even Google Australia have changed their home page and added a drawing of bats.