I suppose I could have written about this a couple of days ago. For one thing, though, I was just stunned by the result and didn’t quite know what to say. I’d thought it was going to be like the Scottish referendum. People say one thing when they’re with their mates down at the pub, and do something entirely different when they’re stone cold sober. But, the Brits surprised me. They stepped into their voting booths stone cold sober (well, maybe not all of them) and voted to self -destruct. Secondly, as a non-British person, I figured my blogified opinion of it did not deserve as much attention as anything written by, say, an actual British person. Thirdly, I figured I could maybe give it a couple of days, to see what other people are saying and sort through what I think about it myself. Here are a few of my thoughts.
- It still might not actually happen. That was a hell of a morning after reaction, from all around. From those voting remain, who accused (accurately, I’m afraid) everybody else of being stupid or crazy, to the rather hysterical videos of people saying “Well, I didn’t actually know it counted,” all the way up to whatsisname Farage, who was saying “Oh, we never actually meant we were going to use the money to fund the NHS.” It’s as if he felt he could make any promise he wanted, because he didn’t actually expect to win.
Also, it was a non-binding referendum, so the government isn’t actually obliged to go through with it. Expect some face-saving measure and watch them try to make this go away. (if the face saving measure is a 2nd referendum, it could be a mistake)
- David Cameron resigned, I suppose that’s a good thing.
- I sure hope the Czech Republic doesn’t follow suit.