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    With students now one of the most extreme economically right-wing demographics (Labour support now generally coming from 30-50 year old males in urban conurbations, and anyone female or under 30 tending to vote Tory at the rate of about 55%), I am just wondering exactly what I can expect to face at university.

    After witnessing Labour support gradually decline, coupled with more young people becoming impassioned, serious right-wingers, I have grown increasingly concerned about what the university experience will be like for a committed left-winger. My views irredeemably abhorrent to vast swathes of my would-be fellow students, I am sceptical as to how anyone could possibly overlook them.

    So fervidly right-wing are the majority of students (as evidenced by the make-up of TSR), they would surely be repulsed by my views to the point where I would be considered, almost unanimously, socially unacceptable. I'm certain that to students, unyieldingly extremely right-wing as they are, in complete contrast to my strand of politics, my views are too big an obstacle to the development of any meaningful friendships.

    The best I fear I can hope for, when surrounding by hoardes of avaricious, business-minded, self-important, ruthless, cocksure Thatcherites, is the occasional polite acknowledgement. I have become depressed about my potential encounters that I will be satisfied if I get through three years of studying without extreme, unrelenting bullying, especially as I will be at university in the run-up to the general election of 2010.

    I hesitate to imagine how brutally and coldly I would be treated, having become a target for vicious intimidation approved by all.

    So the crucial question is, would it be sensible to wait until after the impending general election - after which Tories (i.e. +65% of students) will be irrepressible and certain to mercilessly taunt, and employ violence against, me - or is there any way I can withstand such abuse.

    My opinion that is I want to go to university, but I admit I am somewhat naive and can sometimes underestimate people's desire to hurt and persecute me and others who share my politics, so I'm wondering whether it would be better to gracefully avoid what would be acute bullying and victimisation, and deny rampant, hoorah Tories enjoying the chance to collectively subject a sworn enemy of theirs prodigious terror.

    That said, I have the lurking urge to not capitulate to them and deprive myself of what I want to do purely because of them being the majority - the urge to not let them force me to change my life for the worse. But then I think whether it is really worth it. Is not going to university a worthwhile sacrifice for a dignified election 2010 fought in solidarity with fellow Labour supporters of various CLPs across the countries.

    The thought of election night 2010 - and that of the Tories coming within a seat of victory, and the jubiliance this would spark the proliferation of - at a university, is quite an unsettling one. And although that represents the worst possible scenario to a Labour supporter, it's the perpetual contempt that would be thrust at me, the disdainful glances, the sneers, the alienation, the ridicule behind my back, that unnerves me just as much.

    I could keep going round in circles like this for ages, so I'll swiftly bring this post to a conclusion. All I wish is that someone could end my quandary and convince me which of the two contrasting opinions I have adumbrated in this post is the most realistic, and which course of action I should take.

    I look forward to one of these finally being crystallised in my mind. :yes:
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    Wait, wait wait, I thought that students were typically the most left-wing demographic, by far?

    Lib Dems are wayyyy up with the students... [and I know that they aren't actually left wing, it's rather more two dimensional than just left and right]

    Ohh. This is a joke, right? I kind of half-read it.
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    You are mistaken, most students are left-wing.
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    i don't think the 2010 general election is going to have any sort of effect on your day-to-day college life. most students won't even vote.
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    real students don't care about politics
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    You're calling yourself left wing but still support Labour?

    The best thing that can happen to Labour in the upcoming election is to get a thumping, get back to their roots and abandon the Thatcherite neo-liberal policies that New Labour have indulged in thanks to Tony Blair and Peter bloody Mandelson.
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    [email protected] contempt, disdainful glances, sneers, alienation and ridicule.

    Just don't tell people who you vote for you tit.
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    Oh dear. OP, that was a pretty well done opening post, and if you're looking for serious replies, I'd delete it, or at least wait until morning when you'll get some serious replies.
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    typical leftist victim culture
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    No, the Lib-Dems are a right-wing party. In every thread about tax or the minimum wage, the Tories and Lib Dems views are entirely in line with each other. They agree with the same broad ideology, the belief in liberalism and state inactivity. In fact, only recent they announced that it is they who are the party of massive, across the board comprehensive spending cuts. And they both appeal to the same type of demographic. So yes, they're not even mildly left-wing. Of course, they hug trees from time to time - Marxists for sure... Sigh... Any idiot would tell you Lib Dem councils are just as disinterested in the concerns of working-class people as ones in the Tory shires.
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    (Original post by KentWill)
    I'm a commie and worried I'm going to get attract grief at uni because of it. Please reassure me.
    That was an awfully long post to say really not a lot...

    Most of the students I know are still pretty left-wing. The ones who are members of the Conservative Society seem to keep it quiet. People don't tend to discuss politics that much unless they go hunting for it, eg. at the debating society.

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    No, the Lib-Dems are a right-wing party.
    But still, if the majority of students are lib dems or whatever, then right-wing or not they're still not conservatives and still won't take the piss out of you following a conservative-won general elections. Not that I think the conservative ones would anyway.
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    Labour aren't left wing either ffs.
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    How left wing are we talking?

    We have a couple of raving communists here, though not many.
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    typical leftist victim culture
    This is what I mean, how Tories justify casual (and not so casual) bullying againt 'chavs', the poor, their enemies on the left etc. by just alleging anyone who questions it is simply wallowing in victim status (as Johnson said about Scousers), or has a massive chip on their shoulder. Of course, when you live the opulent life a powerful young Tory, it's quite hard to imagine any other kind of lifestyle.

    But in all seriousness, it is deeply troubling that people who wish to govern would willingly do so according to the view that misery is just imagined, the creation of left-wing self-pity. It means that misery is effectively countenanced, anyone disucssing dismissed as left-wing whinging.

    And as we've seen, when the Tories do govern according to this view, misery is certainly not the product of the imagination they opine it to be...
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    (Original post by KentWill)
    This is what I mean, how Tories justify casual (and not so casual) bullying againt 'chavs', the poor, their enemies on the left etc. by just alleging anyone who questions it is simply wallowing in victim status (as Johnson said about Scousers), or has a massive chip on their shoulder. Of course, when you live the opulent life a powerful young Tory, it's quite hard to imagine any other kind of lifestyle.

    But in all seriousness, it is deeply troubling that people who wish to govern would willingly do so according to the view that misery is just imagined, the creation of left-wing self-pity. It means that misery is effectively countenanced, anyone disucssing dismissed as left-wing whinging.

    And as we've seen, when the Tories do govern according to this view, misery is certainly not the product of the imagination they opine it to be...
    You'll find liberals who just so happen to be most in agreement with the tories out of all of the UK parties. There's a fundamental difference in believing that the free market can and does eradicate the sort of misery you talk about and reading the Daily Mail.

    And of course, I neglected to add that the majority of people in the world generally don't care that much. I have plenty of friends with left wing beliefs, and my views dont stop anything. The only way politics can get in the way of anything is you throw it in each other's face. Feel like I'm stating the obvious.
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    You have greatly overestimated the importance of student's political views in their day to day lives. Greatly.
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    Meh not that many people I know are interested in politics. Although I don't have many upper class friends.


    But at least I know i'm not a tory.
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    Tories are just a glorified curry club. There alright. Its the libertarians that you got to watch out for...
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    I thought this was a joke! 'I look forward to one of these finally being crystallised in my mind' seemed to give it away.
    I mean, seriously?

    ...Oh dear...
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    Its unlikey that you will ever be in power to carry out your left wing socialist policies and its also unlikey that your one vote will make a difference in the elections so I don't think people will really care what your views are unless you persistently talk about them or try to force them onto others.
 
 
 
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