What is a political issue you’ve changed views on?

AuroraSaab

Über Member
I don't mean changed from, say, Labour to Tory, or Tory to Greens. I mean an issue, not political allegiance.

I'll start. For a long time I was ambivalent about pornography, mainly on free speech grounds, now I'm very much against. Same with prostitution.

Likewise, I was anti legalising cannabis when younger, now I find myself being persuaded by some of the arguments.

I don't intend this as a thread to discuss the individual merits of each position, more just a thread about how our views can change over time. It's inspired by some of the comments on the Hartlepool thread about becoming more (small 'c') conservative as you age.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
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Brexit.

I was pretty ambivalent and remained largely out of that one.

I've missed the boat, its done and dusted, all well and good. However, with the benefit of hindsight I can now see how dangerously inept, unnecessarily threatening and pathetically bullying the EU are now they have had to face their first top flight crisis. They aren't our friends, never were, never will be.

Were a time machine invented tomorrow I would go back and tell my handsome younger self to get his tight, firm, sexy arse off the fence with that one.

Otherwise, Im either distressingly middle of the road, or utterly uninterested in most "political" matters.
 

Craig the cyclist

Senior Member
I think (in a completely opposite situation to you) I was generally for the legalising of cannabis and some other recreational drugs. That was until I became involved in a previous job with early psychosis work, now I am very much against legalising cannabis. I have seen some terrible outcomes from smoking it, I have seen some young lives absolutely ruined.

Don't even get me started on 'self-medicating' with the stuff!
 

Joey Shabadoo

My pronouns are "He", "Him" and "buggerlugs"
Scottish independence. I was opposed as the idea of introducing artificial borders in the 21st Century is just daft, but then Brexit came along and put an artificial border around all of us. In addition, the Tories have become too right wing and frankly xenophobic with no signs of them losing power because the Labour Party has self-destructed and offers no tangible Opposition, far less a feasible government in waiting.

So yes, I now support Independence to regain my European citizenship and get away from the English shoot-show.
 
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AuroraSaab

Über Member
I think (in a completely opposite situation to you) I was generally for the legalising of cannabis and some other recreational drugs. That was until I became involved in a previous job with early psychosis work, now I am very much against legalising cannabis. I have seen some terrible outcomes from smoking it, I have seen some young lives absolutely ruined.

Don't even get me started on 'self-medicating' with the stuff!
That's interesting as I was against it based on the effects I saw when younger - it seemed to make people lazy and apathetic - and as I got older it seemed more harmless. I haven't kept track of the research re psychosis though.

Brexit wise, I was ambivalent back then and still feel that way, though I very much regret how divisive it has been.
 

roubaixtuesday

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It's inspired by some of the comments on the Hartlepool thread about becoming more (small 'c') conservative as you age.
On that point, voting patterns with age have changed radically.

It used to make surprisingly little difference a decade or two ago but now there's a chasm between left leaving young and right leaning old.

I can't get a link right now so you'll just have to trust me ;)
 
Before / Now (reason/s)
Nuclear power - No / Yes (climate change)
Party allegiance - Yes / No (pick the most capable govt with the policies that are likely to be effective)
Political correctness - Yes / No (gone overboard, time to speak up about those who abuse it)
Affirmative action - Yes / somewhat on the fence (seen abuses, incompetency rewarded to meet quotas etc)
 
I think (in a completely opposite situation to you) I was generally for the legalising of cannabis and some other recreational drugs. That was until I became involved in a previous job with early psychosis work, now I am very much against legalising cannabis. I have seen some terrible outcomes from smoking it, I have seen some young lives absolutely ruined.

Don't even get me started on 'self-medicating' with the stuff!
Share the same sentiments. Not all can handle the dragon. Seen lives destroyed. We need to protect the vulnerable even if they are a tiny minority. Anyway, don't need the stuff to enjoy life. A nice bottle of single malt will do wonders for a hedonistic lifestyle.
 
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slowmotion

Quite dreadful
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lost somewhere
I used to be strongly anti-nuclear power in the 1970's. Now, I don't see any realistic alternative. Even if all the current demand for electricity could be filled by wind and solar, there's still a massive demand for space heating in buildings that is currently met by fossil fuels.

France got it right nearly fifty years ago.
 
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