Despite today's ridiculous rhetoric & preposterous punditry, know that fewer than 3 in 10 of the UK *electorate* voted for the #sociopathic Tories in 2019, & just 22% voted Tory in the #HartlepoolByElection.

But 'what's the difference between a sociopath & a psychopath' you say?
Why would I say Tories are 'sociopathic'?

Psychopaths & sociopaths share a similar set of traits: they both have a poor inner sense of right & wrong, & they both lack empathy - they can’t seem to understand or share another person’s feelings. But there are some differences, too.
One difference between psychopaths & sociopaths is psychopaths don’t have a conscience. If they lie to you in order to steal your money, they won’t feel any moral qualms, though they may pretend to. They may observe others & then act in a way that ensures they're not “found out".
A sociopath typically has a conscience, but it’s weak.

They may know that taking your money, or that relentlessly lying to you for their own advantage is wrong, & they might even occasionally feel some guilt or remorse, but that certainly won’t stop their behaviour.
If you recognise some of these traits in politicians, you might think we're being governed by psychopaths or sociopaths. But just because they're mean, selfish, immoral, vacuous uncaring bullying liars who treat you with contempt, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have a disorder.
It’s not easy to spot a psychopath. They can be intelligent, charming, & good at mimicking emotions.

They may pretend to be interested in you, but in reality, they probably don’t care.

“They’re skilled actors whose sole mission is to manipulate people for personal gain".
Sociopaths are less able to play along. They make it plain that they’re not interested in anyone but themselves.

They often blame others & have excuses for their behavior.

Some experts see sociopaths as “hot-headed.” They act without thinking how others will be affected.
Psychopaths are more “cold-hearted” & calculating: they plot their moves, using aggression in a planned way to get what they want. If they want more money or status, they make a plan to take out any barriers that stand in the way, even if it’s another person’s job or reputation.
Recent research suggests a psychopath’s brain is not like other people’s.

It may have physical differences that make it hard for the person to identify with someone else’s distress.

The differences can even change basic body functions.
When most people see violence in a movie, their hearts beat faster, breathing quickens, & palms get sweaty, whereas a psychopath gets calmer, which may help them be fearless & engage in risky behavior, because “They don’t fear the consequences of their actions".
So when I suggest that many senior Tories may well be sociopaths, I'm actually being quite polite.👍

Here's some evidence & information about our charming, charismatic & ruthless PM, which might help you better understand who the real Boris Johnson is:

Someone has beaten me to it.

It looks like Boris Johnson may well be a psychopath:…

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8 May

How might we account for the highly disproportionate amount of anti-environmentalism among conservative white males, compared to any other group?

And might this help understand white conservative male opposition to lockdowns?
For many years now, risk perception scholars have found plenty of evidence to suggest a white male (WM) effect, whereby WMs are more accepting of a range of environmental, public health & technological risks than are other adults.

How do we account for this?
The ‘identity-protective cognition thesis’ is useful.

Much of this THREAD is based on Aaron McCright's 2013 research paper: ‘Bringing Ideology In: The Conservative White Male Effect on Worry about Environmental Problems in the USA'.…
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8 May
The head of the Honours Committee resisted attempts by Margaret Thatcher to award Savile a knighthood in the 1980s, due to concerns about his private life.

An anonymous letter in 1998 said that "reports of a paedophilia nature" could emerge about Savile…
In letters exchanged with Thatcher's secretary in 1983, committee head Lord Robert Armstrong cited interviews with Savile published in the Sun in 1982 in which Savile boasted about sleeping with hundreds of girls, & having people assaulted. Image
In the 1990 Queen's Birthday Honours Savile was made a Knight Bachelor "for charitable services", entitled to use the honorific prefix "Sir".

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7 May
Fewer than 3 in 10 of the electorate voted Tory in #GE2019.

Of the 30 lowest constituency turnouts, all bar one were in the north of England. In 287 constituencies (44%), turnout was less than two-thirds of the electorate.

In the #HartlepoolByElection, just 22% voted Tory.
The turnout in #Hartlepool was just 42.3%, but this is still a significant increase on the 2018 local elections, when the percentage of registered voters who returned a ballot in Hartlepool was the lowest in the country, at just 24.2%
In #GE2019, turnout tended to be higher than average in constituencies with a larger proportion of older residents.

Also, 26 seats were won with majorities of less than 2%, 141 seats out of 650 were won by a margin of less than 10%, within an overall average turnout of 67.3%.
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6 May
#URGENT - please sign.

The corrupt authoritarian philistine Tory Govt wants to impose a catastrophic 50% cuts to our genuinely world-beating Creative Arts subjects, Media Studies & Archeology at higher education level in England.

The deadline for the formal consultation is TODAY (6th May).

Anyone can respond, so please do so.

Below is the main section of my response - feel free to use it to inform your own response.…
Imposing a catastrophic 50% funding cut to our genuinely world-beating Creative Arts subjects, Media Studies & Archeology at higher education level in England is a philistine act of purely ideologically motivated vandalism that makes zero economic sense.
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4 May

In January, Gavin Williamson announced that our increasingly authoritarian Govt of philistines intends to cut University funding by 50% to performing & creative arts, media studies & archaeology, with further reductions sought in future years.…
Unlike our corrupt Government of liars, bankers, lobbyists & charlatans, Britain's cultural, communication & creative industries are genuinely world beating, & among the fastest growing sectors of our struggling economy.

It makes *zero* economic sense.

So why are they doing it?
The importance of communications & media in the lives of British citizens has never been greater, with an epidemic of disinformation & misleading, deeply polarizing, & ideological #propaganda passed off as news - much of it emanating from Downing Street via the billionaire press.
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3 May
What the 'culture war' is for:

40 years of years deregulation & free-market policies, compounded by a decade of #austerity, means almost EVERYONE is worse off: while the rich are MUCH richer, we have a poverty & housing crisis, broken public services, & low paid insecure work.
After FORTY YEARS, all that the right-wing free-market ideologues have left is to distract & divide us by relentlessly provoking outrage over tenuous stories about statues, race, gender, & flags, which keep us constantly distracted from the reality of much more pressing issues.
If @UKLabour & the Left are serious about creating a fairer, greener society, we have to stop talking to each other, & take the argument to THE MOST right-wing constituencies, & SPELL OUT not only what the Tories have done to them, but also EXACTLY how we're going to fix it.
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