Democracy is voting FOR something

A lot can happen in a few days. The Brexit vote in the United Kingdom has shown us just how the real world and virtual world are connected and controlled. In a democratic referendum last Thursday 51.9 % of those who voted (17.41M people) voted to leave the European Union, against 48.1 % (16.14M) who wanted to remain.

The fallout was almost immediate.

As the Pound Sterling fell to it’s lowest rate in 30 years, there were mass protests from both sides, and cries of “foul play” not only from those on the losing side, but strangely, also from many who voted to leave but on waking to the result, think they were cheated somehow. Many have said that they would have voted differently and they only wanted to register “a protest vote.” Others have claimed they were misled, didn’t understand the full implications, or thought their vote “wouldn’t count.” Well, here’s some sobering news – your votes do count!

Still, at least those complaining did actually vote. At 72%, voter turnout was very high by modern standards, but it still means that more than 1 in 4 voters couldn’t be bothered. That’s 13.04 million wasted opportunities for a voice in the shaping their own future! 

The glory days of Britain may have waned but this small island has given one last lesson to all who live in a hard-won democracy – USE YOUR VOTE and vote wisely. Most importantly, vote on something you believe in, not against something as a rhetoric-fueled protest.

Consider this wisely as we live in dangerous times.


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  1. Richard, was BREXIT an advisory referendum or does it have the effect of law? Can it be overturned if citizens begin to feel the consequences?


  2. There’s been a lot written about this, Brian. In the end Parliament rules the land, not the people. As I understand it, this is advisory, but (and it is a big but) it would be a very brave government to go against the results. I cannot imagine the consequences given the pent up anger that is in the population. At least there was a defined process and it was followed, With so many voters not voting (28%) one can argue the figures, but in the end there will always be a huge number of unhappy people,

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  3. yes, consider wisely your vote, and vote! I always vote. but many young people in my country too do not vote which is a shame.I was saddened by the UK ‘s decision but it was the decision of the majority

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    1. It was “the majority” of those who voted. But of total voters it was 37%, as more than 1 in 4 didn’t bother and therefore have no right to either complain or gloat. It’s shameful how many bleat on about other countries not being democratic yet cannot even make the effort to exercise the right that many, many people died for over the centuries to win for us.


      1. I know, I’ve heard about the percentage. As I said it’s not different from other countries, not a lot of people bother to use their right to vote but later just complain

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