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. 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?
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, 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.