Month: June 2016

Baffled by Brexshit

There we have it, less than 4% separating the vote regarding the only topic of confusing conversation that has happened at most dinner tables within the last fortnight – Brexit. poll results final Confusing conversation meaning that not very many of us had any clue what was going on due to the only education being given by politicians, (we more than likely shouldn’t listen to them anyway) was scare tactics, from both sides.

Excluding the large number of people who didn’t bother registering to vote I’m especially disappointed in the number of the 37.3% of Northern Ireland who just didn’t get off their backside to make it to their local polling station, with no probably few genuine excuses. I appreciate and of course respect everyone’s opinions, but not when it’s given in such an aggressive manner or needing to laugh at everyone else’s because you aren’t aware of enough information to hold an informed debate or… I actually don’t have an or! What I seriously can’t bear, are people having the neck to take this situation upon themselves today for a Facebook rant to get a few likes. If you have no genuine reason for not voting, then realistically you lost your voice on the matter so if you didn’t use it when it mattered, apologies but no one really wants to hear it now. Why do your research the morning of the announcements of the referendum results?

Coloured Diagram (final)I have to admit, despite standing strongly on the ‘remain’ side, I hold anyone who realised the importance of ensuring their voice was used, whether or not they agreed with mine, in high regard. I find it strange that in this day and age, people waste such a valued opportunity. Let’s be realistic, decisions like this should never really be put in our hands considering the majority of us are just stumbling about thinking what we’re going to eat from one meal to another, so surely we should appreciate the opportunity (I do treasure democracy).

As I’ve made my opinion of appreciating every single vote made, I do have to in some way contradict myself as reading through hundreds of tweets and several Facebook posts this morning, I start to think to myself should there maybe be at least some sort of basic common sense test every individual should pass before given the right to vote in such serious matters. Seriously, claiming Britain as ‘ballsy’, voting leave because ‘you just want a wee change’ (but being uneducated on the real changes) and trying to make a point that because we have left the EU it doesn’t mean we are not a part of Europe, genuinely gives me false hope for how things are going to pan out for Britain if this is what we’re dealing with. I think it’s important that we just acknowledge the fact that Britain haven’t just left the EU group chat. We can’t just ask Holland to add us back in when we’ve stopped huffing?

Regarding the Switzerland comparison picture that seems to be making its way around social media, Switzerland (final) why are so many people comparing Britain to Switzerland? We are not Switzerland and unfortunately we are not run by the Swiss government. As if the European Union are now going to make it easy for Britain for the likes of trade or many other things, we are now the kid that’s been sent to the naughty step, we’re the example of what will happen if you break the rules. Germany will be more than likely, next to opt out which will mean the EU will crash. We are the example for anyone else daring to even think about leaving the EU.

Can we look at the divide between the rich and the poor in America who are also not in the EU, why are we choosing to ignore that fact? Britain is not run by good people, most of our rights have come from the European Union. The list of rights are amongst the long list of things that have now been brought to our attention, of things that we took for granted on a daily basis. So I’m now taking the time to thank the EU for my annual leave, my sick pay when and if needed, my future maternity pay, my partners future paternity pay, my equal pay as a female, my freedom of movement between all 28 countries, my healthcare has always been made available to me on all vacations and of course not forgetting the cheap Ryanair flights!

What we do need to sit and think about is the fact that more than half of ‘Great Britain’ voted in favour of a referendum, where the idea originated from a political party that is filled with racist, sectarian and sexist politics that tried to lift the ban on handguns as well as encouraging employers ‘to not employ young, free & single women because if they fall pregnant, they get six months paid leave’ (guess this actually could be leading to the end of maternity pay for all our ladies at some stage). Oh, and not forgetting that the ‘party’s sixth-largest individual donor’ announcing that there is no such thing as marital rape? Yes of course I’m talking about UKIP.

I found this statement attached to a photograph of the ever great (blaaaaaaaaa) Nigel Farage today and it couldn’t be any more apt: “I’m not saying UKIP are Nazis, I’m not saying Farage is Hitler, I’m simply pointing out that electing the charismatic, egomaniacal super right wing leader of a policy-free personality cult, and blaming all our troubles on foreigners has a bad track record.”

As we’ve already heard, the pound has now dropped to as low as what it was in 1985, there’s talk of another referendum for Scotland to leave the UK as well as an announcement for Northern Ireland to become a united Ireland with ROI. We mightn’t be so much of a United Kingdom after all which may actually lead to ‘Great Britain’ not being so great.

The majority of British people have a serious hatred towards David Cameron, obviously leading to the celebration of him stepping down but are we really sure that’s an advantage? The actual Prime Minister has stepped down because he will be unable to deal with the consequences of us leaving. Surely that can’t be good – come on people!

Overall I must admit, in a roundabout way, I admire the positivity oozing from the leavers despite the information regarding the disadvantages for us (especially here in Northern Ireland) that have been brought to light and coming in from every direction.

 

Well that’s my vent done for today, I’ve respected many views and opinions on the matter and I’d appreciate the same in return – ‘freedom of speech’ and all that. We don’t need to be vulgar in the way we speak to one another about the topic, but I suppose watching debates taking place between our political parties, we don’t have much to look up to for an example. I’ll finish on the fact it’s important now more than ever, that we ensure we do not turn our backs on our political system, despite how disheartened you may be. Now is where we push for the false information that was provided (that’s already been admitted by good ol’ Nige) to somehow come into practice i.e. more money being pumped into the NHS (despite the fact it is heading in the direction of the NHS making a disappearance). It’s now we try to work together to protect our rights and protect the already vulnerable people and new targets in our society. The Brexit campaign came about ‘to take back control of Great Britain’, we can’t let our anger, hurt or disappointment allow us to let the control ‘we have rightfully won back’ fall into the wrong person’s lap.

Me, Myself & Gucci

Are you aware that anxiety is now affecting 8.2 million people in the UK alone? Never mind another 40 million in the US.

My name is Ashleigh Coyle, I’m a 20 year old Irish model, from a very selfie 13sane and stable family background, so we claim anyway. I’m an animal lover, to the extent where I have more time for a stray dog than most humans I know.

My miniature Yorkshire terrier – Gucci, is my world and has been for the past four and a half years since she was a pup. I’m also the definition of a shoe fanatic, the ‘buying shoes’ jokes from family and friends are heard on a daily basis at this stage.

A lot of you that picked up this link on my social media probably know me from walking out of the most famous house in Britain as the runner up – Big Brother 15 or from winning the Best Female Reality TV Personality at the NRTA’s or simply as the girl who looks like she’s just rolled out of bed no matter what time of the day, when being sent to the local shop for milk by her mammy (we’ve all been there).

A random fact to start my introduction most will say, but despite the brief I’ve given of myself in the previous paragraph you probably think I’m living life to the full or I’m super happy all the time or you could be the stereotypical a$$hole that assumes I ‘love myself’ (if only I had a pound for every person that made that assumption) but I too, am included in the above statistic suffering from anxiety.

Since suffering with this particular mental health disorder, I understand how hard it can be to introduce or even speak about yourself to people and trust me, blogging it is no easier. I’ve been a columnist and blogger for several magazines and the introduction never feels any less unforced. It’s very easy to sit back let your anxiety define you but it’s important that you don’t (future blogs to follow) so here’s a simpler format for you to get to know who I am – the good old 20 Questions.

  1. What is your nickname & what do you prefer to be called?
    Ash & depends how close we are. I’m mental enough to probably take offence if you start calling me Ash after meeting me two minutes ago.
    me and mammy
  2. How often do you doodle & what do your doodles look like?
    To my mammy’s disappointment, unfortunately I didn’t  pick up on her artistic skills, not even to the extent of being able to doodle, so my doodles look like my name. 
  3. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
    If I had have been asked this last week, my answer would have been the same as every other compulsive internet user, ‘sit on my phone’ but since then I’ve developed the benefits of meditation apps! 
  4. When making an entrance to a party, do you make your presence know, slip in and look for someone you know or sneak in and find a safe spot?
    Well it depends on who’s party it is. Like every other sane person, I wouldn’t enter my boyfriends, granny’s 90th with ‘HEYYYY WHERE’S THE CAKE???’ however I’d probably enter my best friend’s party in such ‘manner’.

  5. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
    I haven’t quite decided whether it’s buying shoes or being every dog owners worst nightmare in the street by stopping and asking 101 questions and needing to pet.

  6. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head on?
    Engage it without a doubt.

  7. What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will?
    How stubborn I am.

  8. Are you more inclined to “build your own empire” or unleash the potential of others?
    Well I’m nearly finished level 20 on ‘Sim City – Build It’ practicing for future world domination so definitely build my own empire.

  9. Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or tamper their words?
    The more honesty the better the friend I say.
  10. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself & why?
    Pull the hair out of the plug hole in the bath after washing my hair because I’d rather vomit.

  11. What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs?
    I’m very outspoken and stand very strongly for each of my beliefs so people who are similar are my favourite types of people, although I hate people who force it.

  12. What’s your favourite position to sleep in?
    Anyway possible really considering within the last three weeks I’ve fallen asleep on a mate in a cafe and in a bar but usually if I’m in a bed – on my side.
    1.. 
  13. What are the top 3 qualities that draw you to someone new?
    Honesty, good listener & open-minded.
  14. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
    My anxiety.
  15. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be?
    Zilch, they’ve broken for a reason so why would you want that sh!t back?

  16. When was the last time you cried?
    Three nights ago, I’m very much a pro-cryer. Despite my cold exterior, I do enjoy a good cry.

  17. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
    Pink obviously.

  18. What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
    Honest, independent & argumentative.

  19. If you had one super power what would it be?
    Invisibility 100% to hear everyone’s sh!t talk! OK and maybe save a life or two as well.

  20. What is the best present you’ve ever received?
    My 16th birthday present from my parents gucci 1– little Gucci.