… or a final word on (shh!) BREXIT.
Note – this is an unbiased post not wavering one way or t’other just commenting on what I have seen today]
The United Kingdom has come out!
Who’d have thought that would be the outcome (or indeed the headline of the day)?
It was a vote into the unknown, with no cold hard facts or figures, like I said in my previous post. And to be honest, anything could happen – there are 2 possible outcomes now that a decision has been reached.
- It’ll all go belly up and we’ll still be in a dire mess – albeit with no one to blame but ourselves;
- Everything in the garden will come up roses
It was really too close to call, but we live in a democracy where majority rules, so we must abide by the decision.
It appears that anyone who voted “Leave” was clearly too stupid, totally ignorant and should never have been in charge of a voting card in the first place and that those who voted “Remain” are trying to get a 2nd referendum because they didn’t like the outcome of the 1st one!
So here was the map, courtesy of the BBC, of the results:
It really was, as you can see almost 50/50, but Leave snatched it with 51.9% of the vote to 48.1% – but anything over 50% is a majority (at least it was when I went to school).
And if all those blue regions that voted leave are far too stupid, doesn’t that say something more about the standard of education in country? (just asking)
There have been jokes aplenty about how I used to have a pound in my pocket now I’ve only got 89p, or now I can’t go into Poundland.
But actually is that really true.
Fact 1: We never joined the Euro, therefore you had a pound in your pocket to start with
Fact 2: Your pound is still worth a pound
Fact 3: It’s only if you change currency that the exchange rate is a tad unhappy at the moment. And right now 1Euro is 81p, or £1 will get you 1.23 Euros (it’s been worse).
As for 2nd referendum that’s being demanded by the Remain camp, could I just ask (being devil’s advocate) what would the reaction be if the tables were reversed and Remain won by the same margin and Leave decided to protest and demand a 2nd referendum – would there be an outcry of “you lost, get over it?” (again, just asking).
Now this petition calling for a 2nd referendum says “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum”
One thing, shouldn’t this petition have been started before the result, not after, as it now seems to smack of sore losership?
If we’re going on turnout according to the BBC website, the turnout was actually lowest in areas with more young people!
But, if we take that request based on less than 75% turnout count for a moment, that kind of negates every single general election result back to 1979 where 76% of the voting electorate turned out and Margaret Thatcher won a landslide victory (figures not plucked out of thin air but from ukpolitical.info website).
So, if we go on that argument then Mrs Thatcher is still effectively Prime Minister and we’ll all wake up tomorrow morning back in 1979. Is everyone OK with that?
Didn’t think so.
Furthermore, based on this 75% turnout, then London should have its Mayor removed forthwith since the turnout for London Mayor elections since 2000 has been constantly less than 45% (OK 2008 was 45.33%)
So with that basis the Remain camp have achieved time travel back 27 years, just in time to reach record unemployment of 3 million, a miners strike and flares. On the plus side at least houses were cheaper in 1979 😉
Leaving flippancy, sarcasm and everything aside, the vote is done, the die is cast we cannot change what is done. So we just have to make the best of it.
Like anything in life it is a risk, se we just have to think of it as a new beginning, the first step into the unknown has been taken, we just have to hope the staircase is there.