My oh my, what exciting times we live in. What with Trump making waves across the pond, and Putin riding around Russia on a horse (bare-chested, might I add), politics is most certainly alive, well and above all, hugely entertaining.
So, let’s look a little closer to home – I’m talking of course about that decision we, the people, have been granted the darned responsibility of making this coming Thursday, when the UK finally decides whether to stay in the EU, or to cut our losses and GTFO.
I know it’s controversial to speak openly about politics, and taboo to talk about who’s voting which way (you know me – if it’s taboo, I’m probably going to make people talk about it). But let’s be honest – it’s been a horrific run up to voting time; there has been literally zero unbiased advice on which way to vote, and to some degree it feels like a dumb, schoolyard popularity contest – “Mel B from the Spice Girls votes Stay”, “Philip Schofield weighs in on Brexit” etc etc… From outright fear-mongering (“BEWARE THE HOLE OF 17-BILLION-SKAZILLION POUNDS IN DEBT WHICH WILL OPEN UP AND SWALLOW US ALL IF WE LEAVE, GET TO YOUR HOMES IMMEDIATELY AND BUNKER DOWN”) to stupid, juvenile bickering from inside the Houses of P, the campaign so far – from both sides – has been pretty damn tiresome.
We’re bored, guys, and no one knows which way to vote… Job well done.
I have had no idea which way to go, because every article I read changes my mind. I’m Leave one minute, Remain the next. Then I went down the whole, “F*ck it, I’m not going to bother voting” route (which is completely, utterly wrong, for those of you who are currently on that path).
SO I decided to take matters into my own hands, and have come up with a quick, easy (naive? Perhaps. And under-informed? Sure!) way to decide which way to vote, away from all the press, the media circus, the celebrityism and the bullsh*t.
To those of you who are undecided completely, here is what I did. Just this 2 minute exercise made my little mind all the way up. Give it a try, and see if it helps:
- Open up Google.
- Type “UK economy” (or click here).
- Read the Wikipedia page about the UK’s current economy and where we stand on the world stage.
In honesty, I had no idea of where we stand with regards to the rest of the world and, more importantly, within the EU. You only need to read the first couple of paragraphs on Wikipedia to get a better understanding and this helped me decide which way to vote pretty immediately.
For those of you who I know won’t bother doing that, here are a couple of key facts which I think are important to bear in mind:
- The UK has the fifth-largest economy in the world
- The UK has the second-largest economy in the EU
- The UK has been the fastest growing economy in the G7 for four consecutive years
- We are the world’s ninth-largest exporter
- The pound sterling is the world’s fourth-most-valued currency, and the outright most valuable outside of the Middle East
If you’re reading the information and thinking, “Sh*t, perhaps we are stronger than I thought/knew”, then vote Leave.
If you read about our economy and still have concerns, then vote Stay. Simples.
I’ve now come to my decision and after months of back and forth, of constant switching and worrying, I feel so, so fine with it.For me, it has nothing to do with immigration or our borders or blabla – that stuff is another matter altogether. At the end of the day, we have no idea what’s going to happen in the future, both if we stay or go.But what we do know, for a fact, is this:
A lot, nay, most of what we hear/see/read in or on the radio/television/newspaper is absolute political rubbish. Poppycock.
At the end of the day, you have to vote – better to base it on facts and numbers via Wikipedia, rather than what Boris Johnson’s floppy hair or David Camerson’s shiny face is trying to sell you on.
I don’t care to try and convince anyone that the way I’m voting is the way to vote; just reading a little bit of factual information made a difficult decision that bit easier for me, and I hope it might help others too.