Friday, 24 May 2013

Setting The Scene

Earlier today I wrote about a 'hard working Brit' who is posting messages on Facebook. A quick search tells us that the Facebook message has been attributed to Nigel Farage but it isn't him. Whoever is pretending to be the author is not telling the truth so how can we believe anything they say?

His (if it is a man) first paragraph sets the scene. The supposed author is not just hard working, and works long hours to earn a living, but is also the Tory Party's Worst Nightmare. It could be Nigel Farage but we know that it isn't. He also says he is a "White, Tax-Paying, God fearing English man" so there are good grounds to support his views. Unfortunately we already know that he is a liar as the whole article is plagiarised. There is a very slight chance that his life is identical to the original author but even if it is he should have owned up to copying the whole article. On the other hand there may be nothing dishonourable in being unemployed and even atheists may have opinions that are worthy of consideration. So the setting of the scene actually means nothing. Let's press on.

His second paragraph reads "I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don't push it on others. I believe in British products and buy them whenever I can". This seems reasonable but what does it actually mean? If anyone has a complete belief in God then why don't they stand in the street reading from the Bible? Why don't they knock on doors telling others about the benefits of religion? It should be fairly obvious that if anyone has a true vision of God then every other part of life would play a secondary role. I don't think this plagiarist has a true understanding of belief in God. He should have said that he sort of believes in God but only enough to get other believers on his side. His faith is certainly not strong enough to try to persuade others of its validity.

As for the second sentence it is good to buy British but there are other considerations. If you have one pound left in your budget for the week should it be spent on the more expensive British product or should you give more food to your children? Has he thought that there are many products which are not produced in this country? Even if you had the time and energy to search for British products it must mean that he buys merchandise that have been processed in this country as we don't have the climate for a great deal of products. Even if there are great British inventors we still can't trust the product. Ask James Dyson for the answer. Do multinational companies count as British? We have to accept that Britain is part of the European and part of the world markets but this is obviously not a consideration here.

I haven't even started on the main content from this "hard working Brit".

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