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Can you date someone with different political views?

Wednesday September 19, 2012

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For many of us, politics are a big deal. Some people are even defined by their politics and it becomes an important part of their personality. When it comes to speed dating, some people screen their matches based on their political ideals and affiliations - if they give a wrong answer, they don't have a chance. Is this fair? In a time of high levels of tolerance and individual dependence, does it really matter if the person you are dating holds a different set of political views, or maybe even doesn't care at all?

For some people, this will be a resounding, "YES!" For those who are really into politics, the idea of dating a person who disagrees with their beliefs seems impossible. After all, if a relationship is the aim, then this should be fundamentally based on common ground and shared qualities. If both parties disagree on key issues, how can they ever truly communicate with one another in the long term?

This can go as far as vital differences in how they see family roles and the upbringing of children, things that may prove difficult to reconcile further down the line. They would argue that it's better to catch these things early. In more immediate terms, dating should be fun. That's not easy if you're arguing all the way through your date, unless that's what gets you both going...

Even if you only have a more passing interest in politics, if you don't agree with someone's opinions on a number of issues it is always likely to turn you off. You start to see them differently. You begin to put up barriers and find excuses for not liking them and things are never likely to succeed from here.

Worse for some would be a date who doesn't care about politics at all. To disagree on issues is one thing, where the other person can justify and rationalise their beliefs, but to be apathetic is a different situation entirely. Some of us love to debate these issues with each other and if your date is uninformed and can't engage with the argument, it can make the whole experience fall flat. For someone very interested in politics, it may indicate that the other person doesn't care about the wider-world, making them seem self-centred and perhaps even unintelligent.

Having said all of that, politics does not have to be the end of the matter, it may instead prevent two people from having an otherwise wonderful relationship. Other than the political parties they support and certain beliefs they may have, they could make for a perfect couple, each compensating for the other's flaws.

We put red flags up all the time in our daily lives, giving ourselves excuses not to do things. Citing politics as a reason for not dating someone without getting to know them first seems to me to be a little short-sighted - you might really hit it off. It has been true for a long time that people claim support for parties based on their family history without knowing a thing about what they stand for. It's important to take things lightly.

Speed dating is best when you don't put parameters in place before you even meet someone. If you keep an open mind and take things easy you might just be rewarded. Come to our next event and see for yourself, you never know who you might meet.

Here's a few speed dating events in London that might be for you.

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Thu 21 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Thu 21 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

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Thu 21 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - Portsmouth

Thu 21 Jan 2021

Virtual Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us online for virtual speed dating and meet people living in and around Portsmouth.

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25-45

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Thu 21 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - Leeds

Thu 21 Jan 2021

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25-45

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Thu 21 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - Ipswich

Thu 21 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating - Suffolk, Virtual location

Join us for virtual speed dating in Ipswich and meet people from the comfort of home.

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£10

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25-45

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Fri 22 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Fri 22 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us online for virtual speed dating for Londoners. Meet people living in and around London.

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£10

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25-45

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Sat 23 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Sat 23 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us online for virtual speed dating for Londoners.

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25-45

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Sun 24 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Sun 24 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating , Virtual Location

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25-45

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Tue 26 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating Over 40s

Tue 26 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us online for virtual speed dating for Londoners. Book now, it's a busy one.

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40-55

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Tue 26 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - Belfast

Tue 26 Jan 2021

Virtual Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us online for virtual speed dating and meet people living in and around Belfast.

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25-45

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Wed 27 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Wed 27 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating , Virtual Location

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£10

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23-35

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Thu 28 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Thu 28 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us online for virtual speed dating and meet people living in and around London.

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£10

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25-45

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Fri 29 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Fri 29 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

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25-45

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Fri 29 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - Cambridge

Fri 29 Jan 2021

Virtual Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us for the online, virtual speed dating event for Cambridge and surrounding areas.

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25-45

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Sat 30 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Sat 30 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

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25-45

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Sun 31 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Sun 31 Jan 2021

Online Speed Dating , Virtual Location

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25-45

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Sun 31 JAN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Sun 31 Jan 2021

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Mon 1 FEB

Virtual Speed Dating - Hull

Mon 1 Feb 2021

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Tue 2 FEB

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Tue 2 Feb 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us for some virtual speed dating and meet people from home.

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35-50

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Tue 2 FEB

Virtual Speed Dating - Bristol

Tue 2 Feb 2021

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Wed 3 FEB

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Wed 3 Feb 2021

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Join us online for virtual speed dating and meet people living in and around London.

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23-35

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HOW IT WORKS

The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.