Thursday, 23 June 2016

My Ballot Is Cast

I was in the polling station early this morning. Before 9am. I have cast my vote, of course, for Remain. Now we just have to wait and see how everyone else voted. There are no exit polls, as per a General Election. The best indication will be a YouGov poll, conducted today. But the reality is, we’ll have to wait through the night. I’d like to stay up and watch it, but I’m not sure I’d make it through to 5 am or shortly after, when a result is likely to be called.

There are two aspects to this vote which make a pleasant change from voting in a General Election. Firstly, my vote will actually count for once. My repeated votes for Labour in a Conservative stronghold are nothing more than a protest vote in reality. At best it bulks up the meaningless popular vote. Secondly, there are some redeeming features to the opposition. There are plenty of aspects of the EU which most people find unpleasant, not least the fact that it is not as democratic as it should be.

But the fact remains that I’d prefer us to Remain. That’s how I voted and that’s how I’d like it to turn out.