Thursday, 8 January 2015

Just Press Delete

I started writing this yesterday morning before the events in Paris. I did think twice about posting it today but in a small way I think the sentiment remains. Read something you don't like? Has it pissed you off because you don't agree? This is my solution. Just press delete.

It's a given that some people just piss me off. Social media only magnifies this, a place for everybody to voice whatever opinion they wish.

Whilst I respect your right to an opinion, I don't have to agree. Sometimes I'll voice my opinion in return. 

Unless of course you're an idiot.

Then there's just no point.

I could argue that your source information is biased, I could argue that your opinion is based on blatant lies but if you're an idiot then you're not going to listen to anyone else and I'm just wasting my time.

Case 1

Nosebook status appears on my time line saying this:

"I'm walking round Bedford park with the dogs and not one person I passed speaks English. I hate this country !!!"

Well that's pissed me off to start with because I love my home town, yes there are many foreign languages to be heard but I don't think it detracts from it, there is a long history of immigration to this town and I see this as a positive.

I'd seen this sort of stuff from this person before and just let it go. On this occasion I copped on to myself and decided it was high time I questioned him.

I started with the not so original - If you don't like it, move.

Which prompted this reply:
"This is our country not there's they should fuck off home"

Ah the old "it's mine, not yours, fuck off home" defence. I've already lost interest. It would appear that I'm dealing with an idiot. I thought i would let him know in my response.

"My bad, I should know better than starting an argument with an idiot.

Oh and it's theirs not there's."

He didn't like that. Cue Daily Mail reader style rant. I should point out that someone else made a comment on the status which went completely over the author's head.

"I feel so sad for u 2 who are happy for them to live here and pay for then, most of don't pay taxes, send there benefits home to there family's who don't live here, rape our welfare system, can't speak English etc etc, I know there are British people who a just lazy benefits cheats, we should stand up and do something about it!!!"

In the meantime, I also got a text saying something along the lines of - If you don't like it then delete me.
Oh I see, didn't want to be that aggressive on Nosebook where people could see it (we have a lot of mutual friends) so thought you'd send a nice private text instead.

One more comment and then we're done then.
"Like I said, I don't argue with idiots. I refuse to have this conversation until you can provide some evidence to back up your statement. I think you're right in what you said in your text, I'm better off just deleting you. I'll be sure to pass on your comments to my mum to see if she would like to "fuck off back to her own country" as you so eloquently put it."
And then I pressed delete and that was the end of that. I don't have to put up with his racist bollocks anymore because I choose not to have him in my life or indeed, on my timeline.

This happened around 18 months ago and was the beginning of me thinking, I don't have to read this shite, if you spout crap on social media that I don't agree with or you're forever posting crap from Britain bloody First, I don't have to read it, I don't have to get wound up about it because I can press delete.

Case 2

Nosebook again.

A status reads along the lines of "I don't think Ched Evans is rapist...."

Well a court of law disagrees.

"If you look at this website...."

What? The same one that's being investigated for contempt of court? Yeah, that'll be nice and unbiased.

"She shouldn't have drunk so much..."

Oh for fucks sake. This again?

Why am I bothering to read this drivel?

Just press delete.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Are you me?! So refreshing to read this.... don't get me started on Britain First, argh!

  2. I did wonder if it would appeal to your inner grammar nazi!