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There are times when democracy is hard.

 I voted.  The dogs came too.  Carlos tried to steal the poll station bacon butties.

I seem to remember last time there was a poll, I mentioned that I thought the polling station was an old Nissan hut people asked for photos, so here it is:


Most people in my county (and more than half of the country) voted Leave.  Now Cornwall is a bit of a laughing stock, because it appears some people didn't realise that leaving the EU would mean no more EU money to float the many EU projects in Cornwall.  The profits from regaining fishing rights from the much-resented Spanish fishing fleet seem unlikely to compensate.

Still, we don't know what will happen next.  At the moment everything seems to be up in the air.  This has to mean good possibilities as well as bad ones...?

I don't believe that 17,410,742 Britons are all racists and bad people, and I do think that dismissing anyone who was considering making a Leave vote as a racist idiot was... not a good way to get over an argument, let alone win hearts and minds of voters who feel marginalised.  I really hope we can  pull something good out of the bag after all, or at the very least muddle through and reassure the people who are currently (and quite understandably) frightened and feeling unwanted.  I'd feel much happier if I thought anyone had a clear idea of how that might work. :-/

On the way back from voting, I was delighted to see that the Garden Pigs had returned.  I thought these pigs had gone off to become sausages when they vanished at the end of the autumn, but no, here they are again, snuffling among the bracken that has sprung up in their absense.



I wish I understood better how people had decided to vote. I was interested to see how the distribution of 'remain' and 'leave' signs formed itself into little groupings.  I don't think I saw one village that had equal numbers of both.

Calstock, which is a touristy, arty sort of village on the river, was 100% Remain, and although the Remain signs were scattered across the village, they were all from the one source: they were all Labour Party remain signs.




Whereas Chilsworthy had only one sign: a very small Remain sign from the official Strongerin campaign, not a political party, adorning one of the larger and grander houses of the village.
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Up the road in Coxpark, not a mile away, there were several Vote Leave signs which in colour and design were very similar to the Labour Remain ones.   I'm guessing that both the Labour Remain signs in Calstock, and the Vote Leave signs in Coxpark, were requested by a single person and handed out by them, but they must surely have been put up by different people in different households.   I find the grouping odd.



Two villages away in Luckett, there were quite a lot more Vote Leave signs, but they were UKIP ones in yellow and purple.

I wonder if these signs convince people.  And I wonder if  being in a grouping of people all putting up signs influences voters, and why the groupings are geographically so tiny, yet spread across multiple apparently unrelated households.


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parrot_knight
24th Jun, 2016 23:23 (UTC)
I do know someone who voted with the widely-despised majority and has said so, and she is a good person whose reasons I can guess at or explain. Furthermore, I know of several people from the group of dispossessed deindustrial northern English who actually voted with the minority against the stereotype.
bunn
25th Jun, 2016 04:41 (UTC)
I know several people who voted 'Leave'. The small business owner with an Egyptian husband, a life-long labour-supporting solicitor I knew at university, someone who moved here a few years ago from Canada, a number of relatives-in-law.

Some of them have been pretty eloquent about their reasons. They are not racists. I don't agree with all of them, and I think some of them voted for reasons that I find frivolous or unfortunate, but that's democracy.

I wasn't an automatic 'remain': I considered voting 'leave', I researched, and concluded that since there was no coherent or realistic plan for it and that the side-effects (not least for the rest of the EU and people in the countries aspiring to join it) could be pretty bad...

The amount of abuse that Leave voters I know report bothers me quite a bit, although not as much as the 'go home' comments I've seen /heard reported from Leavers that I don't know: both are so sad and divisive. I really hope the 'go home' people are a minority and something can be done to encourage them to change their minds.

I thought, actually, that I'd be OK with a democratic vote to leave if it happened: But when it actually did, I realised it worried me more than I'd expected. :-/

puddleshark
25th Jun, 2016 09:36 (UTC)
Carlos looks like he's enjoying life and its many bacon butty opportunities. And I do like your Nissan hut. You don't see so many around here these days.

I think it takes some bravery to display the only Remain/Leave sign in a village. Perhaps once someone has been brave enough to take that step and people realise they are not alone, then a cluster rapidly develops.
bunn
27th Jun, 2016 07:59 (UTC)
He's a very happy chap! I had difficulty getting him away from the vet who castrated him after his post-op check, he just wanted to stay there forever and cuddle :-D

Yes, I didn't put up any posters after all. I suppose it is nailing your colours to the mast a bit, but many people do seem to be prepared to do that online. Mind you, that is easier. No need for blu-tack, string etc.
dhampyresa
25th Jun, 2016 23:01 (UTC)
*hugs*

Your pictures are very pretty and interesting to see.
bunn
27th Jun, 2016 08:00 (UTC)
Thank you for the hugs: I'm glad you liked the photos!
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