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To think that if you voted Conservative you won't admit to it?

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Jjcrackers Fri 08-May-15 10:02:36

My Facebook thread is chocca-block with 'anti Conservative'/country ruined/heath to the NHS' posts. Yet nobody has piped up to cheer that the Conservatives are winning.

AIBU to think that with such a majority, probabilities would suggest that a large proportion of my friends (in the loosest sense of the word)voted conservative but are sitting on their hands?

kinkytoes Fri 08-May-15 10:04:59

If someone asked me directly I'd admit to it. I'm just not the sort to crow about my political views I suppose.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 08-May-15 10:05:35

They're probably getting pissed off with the name calling. It's very tedious on MN.

IKnowIAmButWhatAreYou Fri 08-May-15 10:06:21

I'm out & out Tory - am in real life & have been on here (despite the vitriol).

Why would I be ashamed of voting in the only party I feel can keep the country running? confused

ihavenonameonhere Fri 08-May-15 10:06:57

Here I am. Also campaigned for them

purplecloud123 Fri 08-May-15 10:07:45

YANBU. Unless someone asks me directly, I won't tell them I voted conservative. I'm not ashamed of it, I just don't want the abuse.

YesILikeItToo Fri 08-May-15 10:07:48

I agree ThroughThick. I voted conservative, but I don't think I'll be posting here for much longer. I have nothing but admiration for the posters who are able to come on and eloquently put my point of view for me, but it's not really the space in which I want to do my politicking.

TheChandler Fri 08-May-15 10:08:55

The internet seems to have a far higher proportion of people with too much time on their hands who post politically abusive comments.

Imagine if you were applying for any kind of skilled job and your prospective employer googled you! Would you risk that if you were bothered about your career?

angelos02 Fri 08-May-15 10:09:43

Why wouldn't you admit to it. Shame they aren't right-wing enough but UKIP had no chance of getting elected where I live.

OfaFrenchMind Fri 08-May-15 10:09:43

Maybe because Tories think that using Facebook to gloat or whinge about the elections is crass?

slicedfinger Fri 08-May-15 10:13:12

Or it could be that none of your FB friends did it. If I thought any of mine had, I would be wondering about whether we had any shared values or not.

Eigg Fri 08-May-15 10:14:19

I think it just depends on your own group of friends. The majority of my friends and family are loudly anti-SNP but given last nights results that would not appear to be representative.

It's easy to think that the relatively small group of people you deal with on a daily basis represent 'everyone' but if course it's not necessarily the case.

Jjcrackers Fri 08-May-15 10:24:02

I agree that your friends are largely a reflection of your political views but I live in London, my children go to private school and my work network is private sector so my Facebook pool of friends would probably over-index on Conservative.

Yet none of them (including myself but I rarely post) are putting their hands up to say they voted blue

farfallarocks Fri 08-May-15 10:24:57

Left wing voters tend to be more vocal about how they are voting, believing they have the moral high ground. This is why the polls are often wrong and understate the Tory vote.
I agree its tedious on mumsnet, you try and put forward a balanced view and its mostly ignored or you are told you are a selfish person for having a different economic view!

fiveacres Fri 08-May-15 10:27:31


I have been wondering this morning if it is reflective of the stiff upper lip mentality as opposed to the more sentimental outpouring of emotion.

SuggestmeaUsername Fri 08-May-15 10:30:07

*Left wing voters tend to be more vocal about how they are voting, believing they have the moral high ground. This is why the polls are often wrong and understate the Tory vote.
I agree its tedious on mumsnet, you try and put forward a balanced view and its mostly ignored or you are told you are a selfish person for having a different economic view!*

Couldnt have put it better myself. Anyone who votes Tory are made out to be evil selfish rich people who only care about themselves. So people are a bit scared to admit they are Tory for fear of being attacked in an aggressive way.

SomewhereIBelong Fri 08-May-15 10:33:16

I don't post my political viewpoint on facebook - or anywhere that has my real name - my facebook has my real name, friends can see it and repost to anybody - why would I want a political viewpoint out there?

I have previously been a member of the civil service - it matters.

DinkyDye Fri 08-May-15 10:36:37

I didn't vote conservative but I'm not disappointed they're still in.

I actually wasn't going to vote as they're all the same IMO but DH is very political and said I should. Where I'm from you have to vote or you get fined so it was a nice thought I could just say you're all a bunch of arseholes who really aren't going to help the country/make it worse off then the last political party!

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Fri 08-May-15 10:40:58

I voted Conservative (pretty much always do) but never mention it unless someone asks directly. I mean I won't lie or anything but I find Labour or Green supporters unlikely to respect my right to my own political beliefs the way I respect theirs.

silveroldie2 Fri 08-May-15 10:48:35

I'm a loud and proud Tory voter, don't understand why I should be any different.

whatsagoodusername Fri 08-May-15 10:52:51

Why should they be announcing they voted Conservative? If they did, they'd be jumped on by the Labour/Greens/Lib Dems/non-voters. They've won; what more is there to say that won't be construed as rubbing it in?

DarylDixonsDarlin Fri 08-May-15 10:54:28

I voted conservative, but I had the same conversation with my sister this morning - I suspect its because a lot of the people who have voted for them, only did so because the options besides that were undesirable, rather than them being committed Tories. Labour and SNP? No thanks.

Another one here astonished at the vitriol being spat at conservative voters on MN! Some of the posts I've read this morning disgust me.

DamnBamboo Fri 08-May-15 10:56:37

Why do you say that OP?
I remain baffled at the Vitriol towards Conversative voters

IKnowIAmButWhatAreYou Fri 08-May-15 11:00:07

I must admit, I haven't said a word about the elections on Facebook and I won't - Facebook is for fun & trivia.

Out of my FB friends I've had one post Tory support and one post Tory bashing bytes. overall I seem to be friends with a diverse and mature bunch of people, much nicer than the MN crew...

knittingirl Fri 08-May-15 11:00:48

Given some of the threads and posts on here today spewing vitriol at people who voted conservative, I'm not surprised that they aren't waving their hands in the air inviting the abuse. Why would they?

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