In,out,in,out, shake it all about!!!
Oh no not another referendum post! Well it is and it isn’t, I think we all need to stop, take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
After witnessing a few things on my personal Facebook page, I felt compelled to write about it. I’ve seen people – friends – making personal attacks against each other, purely on the basis of which way they are planning on voting! After those ballot boxes are closed and the votes have been counted, in or out, in the cold light of day we still have to live together, work together and generally get along, Britain will still be Britain and we will need to unify for us to continue to thrive.
I’ve avoided posting anything with regard to the referendum on Facebook I’ve not posted which way I’m planning on voting but I read everything that I see posted, I get involved in debates to a point, and I have, on in or out posts put a single word answer, and one of these single word answers so enraged one person – who I didn’t know at all, that they felt the urge to send me a private message telling me how stupid I am I how I need to get myself an education, so I did the educated thing and deleted and blocked them. And more generally I’ve noticed that as soon as you reveal what way your going to vote there seems to be someone ready to jump on you and tell you your wrong and this is the correct way to vote – correct way ? Please correct me if I’m wrong but I didn’t think there was a right or wrong way to vote? A vote is something very personal to the individual you can’t tell someone that what they think is wrong, that the values that they hold dear aren’t as important as what yours are, but that is what your doing if you tell someone that the way that they want to vote is wrong.
When it comes to voting you and you alone have to make the decision on what way you want to vote, if you want to vote at all, and what you feel is right for you and yours, you have to look at the facts and decide on the the principles that are most important to you, same as you would in a general election.
I really hope all this passion translates to voter turn out on the day and doesn’t lose momentum before we reach the 24th, never in my 30+ years have I known the country so fired up over a vote.
I have learnt one thing though through this and that is, if you don’t want idiots sending you rude private messages keep your vote between you and the ballot box.
We are lucky that we live in a democracy and not a dictatorship and I think we’d do well to remember that sometimes.