Strange that today, of all days, the rain stopped. Clear blue skies, sunshine, and a glimmer of hope. Such a shame, then, that I woke up, like the rest of the country, to the news: we have left the EU. Frankly, I'm terrified.
It is going to be difficult, but not as difficult as attempting to achieve a return to national greatness by drawing Britain away from its closest trading partner and a major source of its power. Had the referendum gone the other way, the Brexiteers wouldn't have given up. The 48 percenters shouldn't either.
My son and step children will no longer have that right to live, study and work anywhere across Europe. Their choices have been curtailed by older voters who won't live long enough to be so impacted by this momentous Brexit decision. If this referendum had been biased in favour of those it would most affect, the young, we'd have seen a very different result. Most young people wanted to stay in the EU.
Though I often follow flights of fancy in my own mind, I rarely share them with the public. Furthermore, posting about politcs rather than tech is definitely outside my comfort zone. However, today's Brexit vote has changed that for me.
One nation Tories and the rump of the Lib Dems should all feel more comfortable with the next Labour leader than they do a Johnson-Farage axis at No.10. The centre should therefore proffer a single candidate prepared to make specific offers to such types outside the party. And they should act now.
I am hoping that the unbelievably idiotic standard Brussels response that the only answer to Europe's problems is more Europe will, after this week, be consigned to the dustbin of history. However, I fear that the blindness and deafness of the European ideologues that still populate the European corridors of power may well be total. That, by their actions and behaviour, they will convert what could be a temporary setback to a catastrophic unravelling of the whole European project. We shall see.
Right now in the midst of defeat, let's hold on to our values, keep pushing for what we believe in, and be hopeful for the future. Oh and although it's somewhat unrelated, let's try to keep that nutter Donald Trump as far away from f*****g power as we can. We can do this!
Britain is at a crossroads: not the crossroads we wanted, but the one we have nonetheless. The choice before Remainers now is to allow this to usher in a new era of neoliberal, xenophobic politics that works for the few not the many, or to fight for a better, more inclusive, more equal Britain.
They don't want a world that fair, healthy and at peace because there's no money in that. Because with virtually everything in life it comes down money, power and control and last night's result loosened their grip on all three just a little.
I haven't blogged in a while and this seemed an appropriate topic with which to get back into it. The result was a close call which says to me that t...
Personally I hope we can think our way past a dogmatic response and get a Remain result come tomorrow morning, and I hope that during the course of the past few months some who thought that, given the chance to have their say, would vote to Leave the EU, might decide to Remain after all.
So now it's clear. Britain's decision whether to stay in or leave the European Union hinges on whether on balance people buy into the economic arguments for staying in the single market or are more afraid of the current levels of immigration continuing. I believe this binary view is wrong and here's why.
The alternative to participating in such intergovernmental cooperation is standing alone in a world shaped by the survival of the fittest. As the UK has long ceased to belong to those, it is clearly much better off inside the European Union - imperfect as its system of governance might be.
As a mother of two and a long-time public servant I have real concerns about the pressures being placed on public services in this country; with growing class sizes, the lack of places at good schools, and excruciatingly long waiting times at my local doctor's surgery and A&E, I'm frustrated by the increased strain being placed on our services in this country as a whole. But I've remained mostly on the fence.
Of course, the United Kingdom is not Elsa, the queen in Disney's Frozen. However several similarities can be drawn between the United Kingdom's choice over leaving the European Union and Elsa's flight from the kingdom of Arendelle.
I approach voting the way I approach most things. A long period of avoiding thinking about it at all. Followed by a last-minute panic. That's what ...