Why I have never, and can never, be a conservative

This update is not about the British Conservative party.

I had an interesting discussion late last year on the old twitterage. It started when I re-tweeted a quote by the renowned 19th century liberal thinker John Stuart Mill.

‘Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.”

I had heard the quote before and it made me chuckle, I felt it was more cheeky than directly offensive. But I was wrong. My flippant little re-tweet caused a bit of a stir which, for reasons that can only throw a light on my naïveté, surprised me. 

One very irate follower said he was stopping following me and unsubscribing from carpool, which was a shame. But this one rejection was joined by many other criticisms, one of them another quote and I’m afraid I don’t know who posted it, my slap dash wet liberal fail there, I should have made a note.

“If you are 20 and not a liberal you have no heart… If you are 45 and not a conservative you have no brain…”

Very amusing, but in my personal experience, utter nonsense. 

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