Well the results are in and the result is we are out. I'm not surprised by the result in the slightest. The vast majority of those I've spoken to about the vote chose the leave the EU. There is a very real sense of dissatisfaction within the UK and unfortunately those in powder did not pick up on this.
The biggest disgrace of the whole campaign is that it is now seen as acceptable to label leave voters as racist and uneducated. I've seen these comments made by people I otherwise respected. A lot of people have shown their true colours.
The facts are these. We live in a democracy where we compromise according to the will of the majority. In this referendum the majority voted to leave. If you were able to vote and you chose not to do so, then frankly I don't think you can complain. Democracy is not perfect but in thousands of years of civilisation it is the best we have; one person and one vote.
Whatever you you think of the two campaigns leading up to the election is largely irrelevant. Everyone had the chance to research and make up their own mind. Neither campaign covered themselves in glory. Each campaign was based on fear and less on fact.
The majority voted one way and from the comments I've read and discussions I've had, a lot of those who voted leave did so for similar reasons. It may surprise remain voters but immigration is largely a non-issue in my experience. Issues of sovereignty and controlling one's own destiny seem to be the main reasons for voting leave.
There is so much information out there right now and most of it is baseless scaremongering. Suddenly, anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account now has precognitive abilities and expertise in international law, coupled with in depth knowledge of the global economy.
It's fucking embarrassing.
As for this petition doing the rounds for a second referendum. Why? Whether you agree with the result or not, it was the result. What happens when 49% disagree with the second attempt?
We can carry on bitching and moaning, or we can come together as a nation and harness this new found interest in politics to create a Great Britain. We are a strong nation but we are too busy listening to people with an agenda telling us we can't do it alone.
We can and we will, if we all focus our energy on making the country better tomorrow than it is today. People have different opinions. That's part of living in a free democracy.
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