should I stay or should I go?

June 16, 2016 6:05pm CST
I - completely innocently - caused a kerfuffle today. I mentioned the referendum. There we were, enjoying a lazy afternoon at work. England had just beaten Wales in the football match. We were happy. And then I made the mistake of opening my big fat mouth and confessing my indecisiveness regarding how to vote in the referendum on the EU. Remain or leave? I don't know. I only have a week to decide. Dickie starts telling me why I should vote to remain. SpyGirl starts telling me why I should vote to leave. It's all very amicable and friendly. But then the chap from the office next door waded in and forced his opinions on to us. Whoa! There were a couple of occasions when I was quite sure that Dickie was going to wallop him with a blunt instrument. He didn't, but voices were raised and the atmosphere was somewhat verging on 'tense'. I felt as though I'd snuck into a topical Question Time show. Two grown men trying to belittle each other and seemingly of the belief that a raised angry voice gets their argument across perfectly. Thankfully it was the end of the day so I was able to escape with ease. Later, my Beautiful Italian sent me a message informing me that everybody had survived to live a other day. Phew! Thank goodness I'm not in tomorrow ...
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• Preston, England
17 Jun 16
I try to steer clear of talking about the Referendem and so many people are using it to rant racist dross it is scary. We are likely to end up in or out for all the wrong reasons either way
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19 Jun 16
Absolutely. I find it very confusing as it is. I know that I have to vote, and I will, but I feel like a child and am really worried about making the wrong choice.
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• Preston, England
20 Jun 16
@Poppylicious your choice won't be wrong - it may or may not be the winning vote but your point of view is as as valid as the opposition one - go with what you feel is the best result possible - that is all any of us can do in any election / vote
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20 Jun 16
@arthurchappell That's true. And at least if I moan about it afterwards, I'm justified because I DID vote.
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@LadyDuck (118143)
• Switzerland
17 Jun 16
This is a difficult decision, but no matter what the people vote, the Parliament can decide if to listen the people or not. As a matter of fact, as usual, the final voice is not to the people.
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19 Jun 16
Yep. It's all pretence. They always get what they want anyway.
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@LadyDuck (118143)
• Switzerland
20 Jun 16
@Poppylicious Do you know this quote: If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal. byEmma Goldman It says everything
@DWDavis (11147)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 Jun 16
It sounds like the fellow from the other office is a buttinski with a very high opinion of his own views. I've always believe that if you have to raise your voice and belittle the person you are trying to persuade then the point you are trying to make has no point to it after all.
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17 Jun 16
Absolutely. The chap from the other office is nice enough but very 'I'm right, you're wrong, I'm not going to listen to anything you say!'
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@DWDavis (11147)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
17 Jun 16
@Poppylicious Such is the nature of modern politics. There's no room for compromise or difference of opinion.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
17 Jun 16
It's completely up to you - so long as you vote remain of course!
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19 Jun 16
*laughs* ... I think that's where I'm heading. :)
@ilocosboy (31635)
• Philippines
16 Jun 16
If you can't escape, maybe you should weigh now which is more advantage on you and for the people.
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@JESSY3236 (4885)
• United States
20 Jun 16
Your title of this post reminds me of song. Here's the youtube of the song:
This is the song "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" from The Clash with the lyrics :)