Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you should well know that tomorrow is a very important day for the people of the UK. Tomorrow sees the referendum on whether or not Britain should remain a part of the EU, or go it alone.
For the most part, I try to keep my views on politics off my blog and social media platforms, as quite frankly, for the most part I don’t want to get into arguments and lose friends over views which may differ from my own. That being said, I will share my two cents on a few issues surrounding what is going on here.
Firstly, I have come to the conclusion that this whole thing is just one enormous farce. There is very little in the way of concrete facts or evidence to back either side of the argument, and rather a lot of scare mongering and unwanted opinions which are as welcome as an unsolicited dick pic. I honestly can’t see how the average person has the information they need to make a well informed choice. It’s all rumour, speculation and pretty offensive memes. It would actually be pretty refreshing if someone would actually step forward and say; ‘Actually, I have no idea what will happen if we leave.’
Secondly, the build up to this referendum seems to have brought out the very worst in people. I have seen some very savage arguments from both sides, although one side seems to be shouting much louder than the other. You know what? I’m actually really disappointed with the mud slinging behaviour people have been demonstrating during this process. There has been very little in the way of healthy if heated debate. There have been times where I have come online recently and been really bloody disappointed with how people I am friends with, or even related to show such a dark side of humanity. I suppose to say I am shocked wouldn’t be a surprise, we all know how awful human kind can be, but I am pretty scared.
Scared for the future, whatever the outcome. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the large scale sniping and underhand tactics applied so widely since this event came about. It’s really nothing to be proud of. I’m sick of the whole ‘We want our country back’ bullshit. The world is a very small place these days, people travel and relocate more and more, we are so lucky to live in an age where we are free to up and leave pretty much whenever we want (because we are!) The world doesn’t belong to us anymore, it’s even better than that, the world belongs to us all and we are free to see as much or as little of it as we want. Surely that is an amazing thing?
History has a bad habit of repeating itself, so it is very important to remember, that whatever side of the fence you are on, that we are lucky to be able to live in the democracy that we do. The two world wars have been brought up countless times on both sides of the debate, so lets remember that the greatest thing to come out of that was our freedom to use our voice. So whatever decision you make, please go out and vote tomorrow. If you’re still sitting on the fence, there is still time to do your research, or even just go with your gut, but please just vote.
I know how I will be voting. I have done my research and combined that with what my gut is telling me and feel that the choice I have made is the right one. However, I am not an economic expert, a politician or a diplomat, so all I can do is hope for the best. This has led me to even question whether or not this decision should have been put in the hands of he British public at all? We aren’t informed with the correct, impartial information, facts and statistics that we need to be able to make such a huge decision. Not just one that may affect our lives, but those of future generations.
I guess that only time can answer that question. We all know what a powerful thing hindsight can be, so lets use these last few hours to think ahead and do what we can to contribute to a positive outcome. There’s too much to lose if we don’t.
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