Politics story – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:40:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 https://draftgore2008.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-14T222418.754.png Politics story – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ 32 32 New study reveals ideological hypocrisy in judging lockdown breaches https://draftgore2008.org/new-study-reveals-ideological-hypocrisy-in-judging-lockdown-breaches/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:12:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/new-study-reveals-ideological-hypocrisy-in-judging-lockdown-breaches/ As the Downing Street party scandal rumbles this week, new party accusations have made headlines, including one with a confirmed presence from the Prime Minister himself, Boris Johnson. The parties are part of a wider pattern of lockdown breaches by political figures, from Stephen Kinnock’s family visit to Dominic Cummings’ 260-mile sight test on the […]]]>

As the Downing Street party scandal rumbles this week, new party accusations have made headlines, including one with a confirmed presence from the Prime Minister himself, Boris Johnson. The parties are part of a wider pattern of lockdown breaches by political figures, from Stephen Kinnock’s family visit to Dominic Cummings’ 260-mile sight test on the A688 between Durham and Barnard Castle.

Throughout these stories, we have witnessed a range of responses. Brexiteers were generally supportive of Cummings, suggesting a political witch hunt against him when the story broke. Labor politicians also backed Kinnock, suggesting he was maintaining social distancing despite travel restrictions in place. At the same time, the pandemic has seen race-related uprisings and mass protests following the murder of George Floyd in the US, with large outdoor rallies taking place in London in support (and counter) the Black Lives Matter movement. These events led us, as psychologists interested in people’s decision-making processes, to explore how people judged such incidents. Could it be that we alter our perceptions of right or wrong based on their political affiliations?

We set to work asking people of diverse social and political persuasions about ten news stories – including restriction violations by politically affiliated individuals (such as Kinnock and Cummings), groups (such as those affiliated and protesting against the Black Lives Matter movement), and non-political examples including Manchester City defender Kyle Walker, and hordes of sunbathers enjoying the late spring sunshine in May 2020.

Over 260 participants completed the study and answered whether they thought people in our stories were right or wrong when they broke social distancing guidelines, and ultimately, whether they should resign or be fired from their jobs. . We found that higher levels of self-reported conservatism were associated with higher levels of condemnation of Black Lives Matter protesters, and higher levels of self-reported liberalism were associated with higher levels of condemnation when the violators were either affiliated to the Conservative Party, either as a protester. in opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Male participants and those who placed moral importance on freedom were less likely to condemn disregarding advice in general, while those who were more fearful of Covid-19 expressed more condemnation.

In doing this work, we uncovered a seemingly ideologically driven double standard in COVID-19 rule-breaking judgments in the context of social distancing. This double standard seems to have been motivated by a political affiliation with those who flout the advice. Obviously, as more and more stories emerge about the seemingly revolving door of the parties in Downing Street, it will become increasingly difficult for high-level political figures to defend those present, but for the moment , we see the same hypocrisy in the judgments as in our data.

For example, Labour’s Lisa Nandy appeared to back Stephen Kinnock’s breach but demanded an apology from Cummings and in recent days backed calls for Boris Johnson to step down. Likewise, Tories who have slammed Kinnock and other Labor figures for breaking the rules are rallying with the Prime Minister and calling for patience until Sue Gray’s now highly anticipated inquiry into whether whether or not anyone knew he was at a party.

In A press release the 12and In January 2022, we argued that our data would predict that those more invested in the Conservative Party (members of the cabinet, for example) might downplay the seriousness of breaking Downing Street rules. Within hours, Tory MP Michael Fabricator did just that, backing the claim that our judgments on lockdown breaches are driven by the extent to which our ‘side’ will be hurt by their discovery.

While we are not implying that people with certain ideological views are responsible for the spread of Covid-19, nor that they consciously encourage its transmission, if individuals accept large-scale protests or small-scale gatherings among their ideological peers in the context of a global pandemic, this means, by extension, that they accept an increased risk of infectious transmission.

At this crucial time in the pandemic, we are on the verge of returning to some semblance of normality. This makes it more important than ever to reduce the risk of a new wave, and so we believe researchers and public health officials need to look at ways to frame health messages to reduce the effects of our tribal psychological processes influencing compliance with the rules.

the full paper has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal Group process and intergroup relations.

Craig Harper is a lecturer in psychology at Nottingham Trent University. His research and teaching focus on decision-making processes with an emphasis on political contexts.

Darren Rhodes is a lecturer in psychology at Nottingham Trent University. He works on statistical models of human cognition and decision making.

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Kelowna Political Story of the Year: Controversy lingered Conservative MP Tracy Gray, but it wasn’t enough to deter voters – Kelowna News https://draftgore2008.org/kelowna-political-story-of-the-year-controversy-lingered-conservative-mp-tracy-gray-but-it-wasnt-enough-to-deter-voters-kelowna-news/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/kelowna-political-story-of-the-year-controversy-lingered-conservative-mp-tracy-gray-but-it-wasnt-enough-to-deter-voters-kelowna-news/ madison erhardt Castanet revisits the main stories of a turbulent year 2021. Today, for our political story of the year in Kelowna, we take a look at MP Tracy Gray’s multiple controversies. Tracy Gray was no stranger to controversy in 2021. The Conservative MP for Kelowna-Lake Country drew ire from the LGBTQ community when she […]]]>

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Castanet revisits the main stories of a turbulent year 2021. Today, for our political story of the year in Kelowna, we take a look at MP Tracy Gray’s multiple controversies.

Tracy Gray was no stranger to controversy in 2021.

The Conservative MP for Kelowna-Lake Country drew ire from the LGBTQ community when she joined several other Conservative MPs in voting against Bill C-6, which would have amended the Criminal Code to make the illegal conversion therapy in Canada.

Widely condemned as an abuse, conversion therapy is a process of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual through a variety of practices such as talk therapy, hypnosis, and electric shocks. .

Gray voted in favor of the bill on first reading but not final passage, arguing that the bill “needed improvements in its wording, including the definition and the right of parents and counselors to have chat”.

She said she has always supported the LGBTQ community.

A coalition of Kelowna-Lake Country 2S-LGBTQIA+ citizens and allies demanded an apology, saying that while “support for rainbow crosswalks is a welcome gesture, such performative acts ring hollow when a real issue causing explicit and significant harm to our community is unable to obtain similar support from you,” they said in a letter.

“We hope you will see fit to do the right thing.”

Some who participated in a virtual town hall called on Gray to step down as an MP.

Gray later learned that she was not welcome at any Kelowna Pride events, a decision she criticized as “partisan politics”.

A new version of the bill was passed unanimously in the House of Commons last month and has officially passed.

Surprisingly, the issue was not front and center when a federal election was called a few weeks later.

Instead, Gray found herself in the middle of a new controversy over whether or not she had been vaccinated.

His liberal opponent, Tim Krupa, made his refusal to declare his vaccination status an election issue.

Gray declined multiple questions regarding her status, repeatedly saying she followed the best medical health advice from day one of the pandemic and continues to “strictly adhere to all public health guidelines.”

The day after her questioning by Castanet News, she reluctantly revealed that she had been fully vaccinated, although she continued to believe that personal health information should be a private matter.

Despite the controversies, Gray easily won re-election, winning more than 45% of the votes cast, compared to nearly 27% for Krupa.

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