I'm used to 'reinstate Monica' user names, but now I've seen someone called 'xxx supports James K' - what's the story? Should I be 'Michael Harvey didn't vote for Brexit'? Isn't it a bit grandstanding?

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    last seen 39 secs ago – he's still alive :) – Glorfindel Mod Jan 14 at 7:33
  • Also, where did you see that username? I can't find it on our site. – Glorfindel Mod Jan 14 at 7:35
  • Why does he need support? – Michael Harvey Jan 14 at 7:35
  • I saw it yesterday on ELL about 5 minutes before posting the question. It was a question OP. – Michael Harvey Jan 14 at 7:36
  • Ah, thanks. That's an unregistered user and I forgot they don't show up in the search. – Glorfindel Mod Jan 14 at 7:38
  • It's a new user; perhaps they saw all those 'X supports Y' usernames and though 'Who can I support? Well, perhaps the top user; we all like to support winners.' – Glorfindel Mod Jan 14 at 7:43
  • I thought maybe he had offended somebody or broken some SE rule or other. – Michael Harvey Jan 14 at 7:47
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    uses mod powers Not that I know of. – Glorfindel Mod Jan 14 at 7:51
  • Any views on my wider point about using usernames to state a position in a controversy being 'grandstanding'? I actually find it annoying. – Michael Harvey Jan 14 at 7:54
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    Since we have been out of the EU for 14 days as I write this, it's a bit soon to say which is the "right side" of "history" (whatever that means). Were the Social Democrats in the Weimar Republic on the "right" or "wrong" side of history? Depends who you asked in 1933 and 1945. – Michael Harvey Jan 14 at 10:13
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    I didn't vote for Brexit because, like 48.11% of those who voted in the referendum, I believed (and still do) that the United Kingdom would be better off in the EU than outside it. Better off materially and culturally. I have been a supporter of the European project for most of my conscious life. On a personal level, my bullshit antennae were sent into full-on mode by the utterly detestable Nigel Farage (lately Trunp's poodle) as well as the Tory Brexit cheerleaders (Gove, etc). Brexit was and is a mainly Tory project. I am a lifelong card-carrying member of the Labour Party. – Michael Harvey Jan 14 at 14:05
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    I was teasing you, but thank you for writing a serious reply. I appreciate your answer on many levels. – Eddie Kal Mod Jan 14 at 18:56
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    @MichaelHarvey But we got are sovrenty back. – Prime Mover Jan 14 at 22:09
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    @PrimeMover is that satirical spelling? – JavaLatte Jan 15 at 9:39
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    @JavaLatte - The kind of UK people who write below-the-line comments under newspaper articles (Daily Mail and Daily Express mainly) tend to spell like that also greengrocers' apostrophes, random mid-sentence capitalisation, 'are' for 'our', 'off' for 'of', 'loose' for 'lose', 'defiantly' for 'definitely', mix up their/there/they're, your/you're, and more... knuckle draggers, and mostly Fascist little Englanders. – Michael Harvey Jan 15 at 12:36

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