I’ve had enough of them. I used to like the idea of more people being involved in politics. I liked the idea of chosing citizens at random and asking them to serve in parliament for some years. Now it all seems so stupid. Referendums have caused nothing, but pain.
We have had two recently. The Scottish one that very nearly meant that Scotland left us and this one about the EU, which ironically will probably achieve what the first one didn’t. Both have been tight decisions and haven’t really meant a clear outcome. Can you really make such major changes to a country with such a small majority? I’m not sure that you should. But not to is against the will of the majority.
Then there’s the question of age. Most younger people, the economically active if you like, are for staying in the EU. They are the ones who will suffer most if the economy goes into recession and they will be the ones who have to get us out of it too. But, they won’t be the ones that caused the recession. Is that fair? It doesn’t feel like it. On the other hand I wouldn’t want to suggest that your vote shouldn’t count if you are older. I feel torn.
There are the lies that have been told too. I guess there has been a bit of this on both sides. Mostly there has been scaremongering from Remain, although who knows they might be right about most of it (I guess we will find out soon enough). From Leave there have been downright lies. Sadly it seems some really believed that they really would spend all that money on the NHS – like the right-wing have ever been keen to spend money on that scale on public services. And now someone has said immigration will remain the same – ditto, we need them to come to do the jobs we don’t want to.
I haven’t yet heard a reasonable argument for leaving: it’s all either bigoted stuff or nonsense that can be torn apart. I’m sick of hearing about Switzerland (a country that I know a little about as I used to live there) and I can say it’s not all sweetness and light. They might have high wages, but they need to because of their high prices. That stuff about the pencils was just ridiculous too. – can’t believe anyone really believed that.