Yes, I Have Opinions

Yes, I Have Opinions

So anyone who lives in the UK is most likely aware of the General Election we have coming up pretty soon.  It’s been all over Twitter, Facebook, the News, there’s loads of memes and loads of propaganda, so why not make a blog post about it, right?  Wrong.
You see, I keep up with it all, I have strong opinions and I know exactly who I’m voting for, but I personally don’t feel the need to share my opinions with everyone.  I’m in no way bashing people who do; there are tonnes of people who eloquently express their opinions without forcing them on others and I am perfectly happy for them to do that.  However, my problem lies with people that assume that you don’t have a clue what’s going on just because you don’t talk about it all the time.
I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to politics, but I do read the news and research the parties and try to keep up with current affairs, especially around election time.  I form educated reasons as to why I will vote for who I’m voting for and I acknowledge that when it comes to politics, most things have to be taken with a pinch of salt.  When it comes to friends or family who pose the question, I’m happy to chime in with a couple of reasons as to why I side with who I side with.  However, just because I don’t shout my opinions from the rooftops, doesn’t mean I don’t have any.
I’ve mentioned before (I think it was in the post I did on why I’m not smart?) that I’m a pretty quiet person, and I’m not exactly one of those people that comes forth with everything I’m thinking.  So I can come forward first hand and say that quietness doesn’t necessarily mean someone has nothing to say, it could just means that they don’t want to bother, or don’t feel like they should.  My political opinions are one of those things that I’d rather just not always get into.  With friends and family, yes I will every once in a while, but I’m not one to post online about it.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with people who do talk about politics online (as long as they do it reasonably), but don’t judge those of us who don’t.
Yes, when it comes to politics I do have strong opinions, but no.  I do not want to talk about it.
2 rant posts in a row, what am I like 😉 Hope you enjoyed this, just a little something that’s been floating around my mind.
Lots of love,
Jas xx
 
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12 Comments

  1. May 19, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    I could not agree with this post more, I’m not much of a talker when it comes to politics anyway but I wouldn’t like people to assume I don’t know anything just because I’m not shouting from the roof tops about it. Not that I think it’s an issue if people do share their views, I like to hear other people’s opinions as long as it’s within reason :).
    Ellie Xx | http://www.make-it-up.co.uk

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Exactly! I love hearing people’s opinions but I don’t like people assuming I’m uninformed if I choose not to share.
      Jas xx

  2. May 19, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    As a politics student, I will admit that some of the social media I have seen have made me a little bit cross; but you’ve been very measured, so thank you!

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you, I tried to keep my post as neutral as possible!
      Jas xx

  3. May 19, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    This was a very thought provoking post! I see a lot of big bloggers being bashed around election time for “not using their platform” and talking about politics, but unless they’ve made their name as a political blogger, surely nobody is obliged to talk about it? I totally respect your reasons and I know exactly where you’re coming from when you say that just because you’re quiet doesn’t mean that you don’t think about things / don’t have anything to say!
    Abbey ❤️ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Yeah I’ve seen the bashing too, and I do believe that, as you said, unless they’re a political blogger, what they do with their platform is up to them. I’m all for encouraging people to register to vote, but unless you want to you shouldn’t be judged for not promoting your political views. Glad you got something from my post!
      Jas xx

  4. May 19, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Too right- you shouldn’t have to talk about things you don’t want to. For some people political opinions are a very personal thing and thats perfectly fine.
    As for the people thinking it means you’re not smart, I know where you’re coming from. I have autism and when I’m quite quiet around new people they often assume I’m ‘stupid’. I’m just quiet! I think it’s just that people make snap judgements isn’t it. x

    • May 19, 2017 / 10:00 pm

      People do tend to make snap judgements about quiet people, I find that a lot when I’m in lessons and don’t put my hand up as much! Glad you could relate.
      Jas xx

  5. May 20, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    I definitely get you here Jasmine. While I’m someone who does and has been sharing my political leaning on social media I don’t like seeing the fights that have been happening as I don’t feel like social media is the best place for it, so I understand the reasoning behind not always wanting to share everything, and sometimes I think it’s perfectly OK to keep some of these real issues just between you and your close friends and family, as they can be very personal. Another really interesting post! – Tasha

    • May 20, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      Thank you Tasha, I love people who share there opinions, just dislike those who are quick to judge those who don’t.
      Jas xx

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