It's been just over a week since 52% of the UK population voted to leave the EU. I've finally gotten over the shock, and for the most part, the waves of anger and frustration have subsided, especially after I almost fell out with my family over it. But the anger is still there -- and does come out from time to time -- but I'm nowhere near as volatile as I was five days ago.
Brexit won based on a campaign of lies and I will never, ever, shake that anger or forgive those who led the campaign.
Now I could go in to how most of the promises made during the campaign where broken either on the day the "victory" was announced or immediately after. But I won't; because that will just dredge up the anger I'm trying to control. But let it be known that Brexit won based on a campaign of lies and I will never, ever, shake that anger or forgive those who led the campaign.
I will also refuse to "get over it" or "let it go" because the "referendum is over". This is something which re-triggers the anger -- especially on Twitter -- because politics doesn't end here. It didn't -- and shouldn't -- end Friday morning when the Leave "victory" was declared because we need that interest in politics to continue. Keep that anger -- or hope, if you voted differently -- alive. Never for one second let it fade.
Your vote matters. People who voted Leave have already expressed regret... they believed their vote didn't matter...
Remember their promises, their lies, their "facts" and never forget them because the moment they do the contrary, you can use your vote to strip them of that power.
72% of the population turned up to vote and that is the highest turnout for even a General Election since Labour won in 1997 with 71% turnout, never mind turnout for previous referendums. Your vote matters. People who voted Leave have already expressed regret because they believed their vote didn't matter, or it wouldn't make a difference and look at how wrong they were.
So when there's a by-election, council election, general election or any type of election please do vote. It matters.
It's now our job to hold those who led us down this terrible, terrible rabbit hole to account and make sure they serve us.