In Out, In Out, Shake It All About


So the long awaited official campaign for the EU Referendum has begun.

We have the Vote Leave and the Britain Stronger in Europe parties representing each side.

Up until now, it has been difficult to gather the ‘hard and fast’ facts from which to make our decisions.

We have been presented with biased views and ‘political bufoonary’ from individuals that are intent on point scoring for their respective parties.

It would be an understatement to say that the referendum comes at a time of much disillusion around the political system.

A time of uncertainty and concern that there is ‘no safe pair of hands’.sleep-1027884_640

The bigger uncertainty however lies in our decision making and the way the polls go on 23 June.

This is big, scary grown-up stuff – right?  A big decision we are making.  For us and for the future generation.

This knocks GE2015 into touch.

I’m not sure we can change our mind after 5 years if it doesn’t do what it said on the tin.

It can also be hard to approach writing about things such as this when others appear to be so much more learned.

So, I’m holding up my hand and saying that there is a hell of a lot I don’t know.

There is also a hell of a lot I want to know and learn over the next few months.

Of course there are a few pertinent points around which to hang a decision and many will take this route.

It would be very easy to follow suit here but my concern here is the rest of the implications.  Those that individually and collectively, we may know less about.  There are so many facets to each choice.

We can listen to very persuasive interviews and feel slightly more fired up towards a particularly stance, only to be swayed again when an opposing viewpoint is given.

I am too young to remember life before the EU or whether that is relevant in any way to form a decision now given the changing landscape of our world.

I’m also taking a leap of faith in thinking that there are others that can identify with all of the above.


I have become more interested in politics in recent years and have listened, learned and read as much as I possibly can.

I guess it comes from being more comfortable around your own decision making and views.

Nothwithstanding this, I do still feel a lack and I wish to learn more.  This is for no other reason than the desire to own my vote.

When you are a child growing up, you tend to be influenced by the political views of your parents.

I can remember spending many lessons in a cold corridor in secondary school for sharing my fathers views and thoughts on the world with my very politically charged English teacher.

They clearly held very different political views and I, of course, had absolutely no idea what I was talking about.

As we move on some 30 odd years, the world is indeed a very different place.  Many of my fathers views would no longer be relevant now.  I often wonder how his political stance would have changed over the years.

It is at times like this when I look to those more learned and ask their advice.

meeting-1015313_640Unfortunately, all of those people are pretty much in the same boat as I am right now.  They are also unsure.

Perhaps naively, I was hoping for clarity to drop through the post in the form of the government missive.  I was disappointed.

Views vary also cross political parties and whilst the main parties are encouraging a ‘remain’ vote, none of the parties are necessarily united in their stance.

We are now seeing those in the political arena come together to collaborate irrespective of their parties.

It is going to be an interesting few months where I imagine we are going to see the most unlikely alliances standing together on one stage.

And it’s not just here either.  Everyone is getting involved.  ‘Our global influence is at risk if we leave’.  Nothing finer than that statement to cause a knee jerk reaction.


And the celebs are having a say too.  Bring it on if it’s going to bring clarity for us.

It’s difficult not to feel manipulated in one way or another.

Several agendas at play here.

Not much we can do about that though.

My main point here is that I don’t want to be a ‘fear’ voter.

A voter that gets scared off from embracing something that will mean change – particularly if such a change is for the greater good – whether that be ‘in’ or ‘out’ simply through lack of understanding.

It’s very difficult to make a decision that interferes with what we know as the norm.

What we need to avoid is a nation becoming so afraid of walking into the unknown that they react with a knee jerk vote.

Of course everyone outside Britain knows what we should do and they are telling us too.

Understandable that everyone should be looking after their own interests.

But the agenda of others is not ours.

There is nothing democratic about that.  It makes a mockery of our system.

I really want to own my vote and be confident that I have made the right choice.browse-1019916_640

For me that’s going to mean a lot of reading and a lot of learning and a lot of questions.  I also love a good discussion and debate on things such as this.  So if anyone wants to share their confusion or has read any useful pieces to share that have helped them, please do comment.

What are you doing to help inform your decision?

Perhaps you have already made one.

Have you found it easy or are you, like me, still ploughing through the facts?

Either way I’m sure you’ll agree that there are interesting times ahead.


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37 thoughts on “In Out, In Out, Shake It All About

  1. All I can say is that I am glad it is you and not me. (I am in Australia.)
    I DO remember the joining of the Common Market – change to decimal currency, yards to metres etc. I also remember how our prices went up – especially for meat.
    But the world is a different place now. And you are correct – all the agendas – and what of the hidden ones? What’s in it for the people pushing one way or another?
    It is to be hoped that many others are going to give this as much thought and consideration as you are.


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    1. Susan, thank you for sharing that gem!!!! More research required but you’ve pointed me to the right area. Is it worth asking if there is a general view there? Really appreciate your comment. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Hmmm…it’s always interesting to see the outcome when the country goes to voting. The older generation (and I am generalising) would likely go for the safe bet, and that could sometimes mean being comfortable voting for the party they are used to, as you said it, it’s the “norm”. I’ve pretty much given up on voting in my country because after so many years, the majority would always vote for the same party even though they complain lots. I don’t understand that! And then there’s me who’d disagree with the majority.
    I thought voting should be easy, but like you, I would sift through the facts. Still, it does little to the confused minds and that when we start talking politics and debate about it, friends can become foes and I have seen families at a constant loggerheads. Crazy!

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    1. Hi Ann, thank you for commenting. Very interesting points you make. You are very right when you talk about ‘loggerheads’. Something that I am generally keen to avoid. I’m all for listening and debating but not keen on shouters (it all gets a bit scary when that happens)!

      I think voting a particularly way becomes a way of life – as I say in my post, I would be interested to see how my father would vote today.

      It is indeed also an area that allows much room for a ‘moan up’. Generally the same when people don’t like their jobs but won’t leave.

      I am seeing and hearing of a different stance with ‘the older’ generation. It may, or may not surprise you.

      Your comment is valued. Thank you.

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  3. Well said. I can relate to what you are saying, as you grow older, you want to make your own decisions and to own your vote. And when there are so many voices and opinions, you can get confused and the easiest way out is always to oppose change, isn’t it? I don’t face what you’ll be going through, so I do hope you find your answer and own your vote. As I am older, I take voting very seriously now and yes, cliche as it sounds, every vote does count. Thank you for sharing with #PasstheSauce

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    1. Thank you and yes, you are absolutely right about being led to oppose change in the face of uncertainty or just not voting. I’ve been steered towards some very interesting pieces as a result of this blog which have been really helpful. Still plenty of time to decide! Thank you for hosting.


  4. I’ve already made my decision – like you, there’s lots I don’t know too but I feel informed enough to make it. It might be something to do with the fact I’m a journalist though! #KCACOLS

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  5. Wow – what a different type of article to see form a mummy blogger – but thank you! Great to read something which stops and makes you think and use your mummy fuddled brain a little more – I’ll admit that in doing that it hurts a little! An excellent post though and I love the point that you make about forming your own opinions and not being shaped by your parents and your strong minded English teacher – it is a very important political debate and the vote should be taken very seriously – as you say – if it doesn’t do what it says on the tin – well we will look pretty foolish – right off to read up and get a more informed opinion so I make the right vote. Thank you for sharing this #KCACOL

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    1. I’m dusting off the cobwebs! Joking apart, I really loved every minute of the election last year and I have to say I’m enjoy this one a bit more as I go. Lifelong learning! I know which way the English teacher would be voting!


  6. We watched an interesting documentary about the creation of the EU and how they were going ahead without us in the first place and we joined just to spite the French in some ways. They will carry on without us and impose sanctions on us like any other non-EU country. #KCACOLS

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    1. Someone mentioned the documentary, must be the same one. I’ve got that on my list of things to watch. Apparently it goes right back to the beginning – must be the same one. Sounds like it’s worth a look.


  7. I love that more people are getting interested in politics – I’ve definitely seen an upsurge in new members (I’m a labour party councillor) with all the referenda and elections that have happened recently. It really bothers me when I’m out canvassing and people say they haven’t bothered to register, or their husband decides who they vote for and stuff like that. Spoil your ballot if you don’t like any of the options, don’t just ignore it.

    The EU referendum was a really easy choice for me because Wales generally, and my patch specifically, are very reliant on EU funding and jobs. I have no faith that an independent UK would care any more about what happens outside the London commuter zone than the current EU member UK! 🙂 #KCACOLS


    1. Hi Jess, so glad you commented, I was interested to hear from you on this. Do people still say that? That their husband decides? I suppose I should be shocked. Great that more people are getting involved though. I always appreciate the parties that do the door knocking and will always speak to them. I did actually experience a bit of a shocker myself during GE2015 when I asked a candidate a question and he didn’t look at me and gave my husband the answer. He then plonked a sticker on me at the end. He wasn’t able to articulate an answer and I felt embarrassed for him. I totally understand your view. I live in London. I have to say our new local labour MP cleaned up here. Deservedly so. Irrespective of how one voted, there was much local admiration for the leg work he put in. Anyway, I digress! Thank you for your comment.


  8. I def want to read more before I make a firm decision. I have older generations telling me that when we entered the EU years ago, the premise was to do with trade. but I find a lot of older generation seem to get very hung up over immigration. and I read recently that immigration wouldn’t really change if we were out of the EU. Urgh, I just feel everything anyone says is just a big fat lie really! everyone has their own agenda #KCACOLS

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    1. You got it Emma. For every argument one way, there is always another to the contrary. Of course, everyone else seems to know what we should be doing. I have to say I’m getting ever closer. There is much more information as the campaign moves forward, I guess it’s a case of separating bias from fact. Good luck with making your decision.

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  9. I think I know how I am going to vote but like you I need to know more to 100% sure. I have had a lot of people ‘lecturing’ me whilst I’m sat behind the counter at work and even with my lack of knowledge on politics even I can see that in my immediate area a lot of people are misinformed and have been making things up to suit themselves and I am genuinely worried as to what will happen if people are voting based on the wrong information!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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    1. It sounds like you work in the firing line of the general public Tracey! I guess everyone is different in how they arrive at their votes. Now you’ve got me thinking!! Or should I say, overthinking! It is a tad worrying but one thing is for sure – it’s going to be very interesting isn’t it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  10. I can honestly say this is something I have been avoiding reading up on but I need to soon so I can make an informed decision when I vote. My hubby has his mind set firmly but i don’t know enough so thanks for sharing. Angela from Daysinbed via #KCACOLS

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  11. Its always really interesting to get a blog post on a diverse topic than usual it made my brain think which is good. I admit I am political switzerland and a bit overwhelmed so do want to research what the choice means for me and my little one. We definatley will vote, as informed a desicion as I can..#KCACOLS


  12. As an American I can understand the stress of trying to make a decision that is informed but not swayed by those with a “special interest or stake” It is not easy at all. I find it comforting that other countries are dealing with the same thing. Though I have more faith in the logic of pretty much all of Europe over what may happen here! #KCACOLS


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