It could be your husband or wife, your children or parents or maybe right now it’s the EU referendum.
Have you decided? You are going to vote aren’t you?
Hopefully, unlike the politicians, you’ve been able to rise above the bitching and backstabbing and glean a few bits of helpful info; I wonder if that £9million government flyer was any use to you?
Or maybe you are so utterly baffled by the whole circus you’ve decided not to vote; you are not alone as the government offer this great voting opportunity in the guise of democracy.
But you really must; remember the elections of 2005 and 2010? They had the lowest turnout on record because people were not only fed up with politicians’ behaviour, but there was nothing to choose between any of the parties.
So now we are reaping as we sowed with our NHS going down the pan, our education system has become a battleground and our energy policy is a complete shambles.
But it was all of us who put them there; that is after all how democracy works.
BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID
But what and who are we voting for? There are so many people on both sides of the argument shouting aggressively, stating their ‘facts’ in order to get you on side.
The Stay campaign are using scare tactics with frightening promises of what life will be like if we leave Europe. Cameron states, “Your weekly shop will increase by 3% – an extra £120 a year on food for the average family”
And “The cost of a 4-person holiday to Europe could rise by £230”
And “Average real wages would be almost £800 lower”
Former supermarket chiefs, those utterly trustworthy beings describe the possibility of leaving the EU as “castastrophic”.
Unemployment will rocket, says George Osborne, “820,000 jobs lost in two years”
Our overseas relations will suffer with America and the rest of Europe turning their back on us.
In short we will become a global pariah.
Armageddon, Apocalypse, World War III, the end of the world as we know it!
Pretty scary stuff … if you believe any of it; the only real fact is they have no way of knowing these predictions will come true.
BOTHAM BATS ON BREXIT
Then there’s the flip side; the Brexit campaigners have some high profile supporters including Michael Gove who says, “The EU’s policies have become a source of instability and insecurity.”
And “We are subject to an unelected EU commission … and an unaccountable European Court in Luxembourg”
And “I’ve seen hundreds of new EU rules across my desk … none of which I or any British politician could alter”
Alongside Boris Johnson, supporters include Sir Ian Botham, Duncan Bannatyne and Julian Fellowes, all of them reminding us about the £millions sent to Europe never to be seen again and the foreign criminals who should be deported but under EU law are allowed to remain in the UK.
Then there is Falklands War veteran Maj Gen Julian Thompson and former SAS chief Sir Michael Rose who said, “… as a result of the intrusion of European law … our servicemen and women are in danger of becoming no more than civilians in uniform”.
Other retired officers who support leaving include Maj Gen Tim Cross, Commodore Mike Clapp and Lt Gen Jonathon Riley who said, “The ultimate ambition of the EU is undoubtedly EU armed forces. Who would control them, the EU Commission?”
Rear Admiral Richard Heaslip added, “The claim that the EU has saved us from war for 70 years is a myth.”
And more damaging for David Cameron is his former director of strategy, Steve Hilton who has said he supports leaving the EU but accuses both sides of treating the public like simpletons. On the BBC Radio 4 Today programme he said the main thrust of the Stay campaign was coming from the “technocratic elite” including bankers, bureaucrats and accountants, “Whoever’s been in office, the same people have been in charge” he said.
There is far less vitriol from the Brexit camp (if you exclude the mad Boris) but what the campaigners have done is cleverly highlight indisputable evidence of the power the EU wield over us including the £188 million we pay into Europe each week, and with the latest news about the UK net migration being the second highest on record at 333,000, it’s not surprising that Number 10 has hit the panic button.
But how can we, the baffled and battle weary public sort the chaff from the wheat?
I’m not sure we can; the politicians have succeeded in confusing and confounding the majority of the population leaving us wondering if it’s a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
So what’s the answer?
Firstly, we all MUST vote, none of us should abstain.
Then if you can, disregard the shouting and venom and try to discern what you need to know and unlike a politician, first engage brain before opening mouth, or rather before putting your ‘X’ in the box.
Finally, given we are between a rock and a hard place, perhaps the only thing you can do is go with your gut instinct, go with what you think is right, but whatever you do – GO!
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” Henry David Thoreau
“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen” Michelle Obama