bunn (bunn) wrote,

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.

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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