I try to keep this blog mostly book-related, but it seems weird not to acknowledge that we just had a once-in-a-lifetime event here in the UK. I work for an organisation that will 100% be affected by the Brexit vote, and it was a very strange morning yesterday.
You may have seen that London was very pro-Remain. I went to bed pretty convinced that Remain would win the vote, that Friday would be a bit of a damp squib following the buildup, and we would all have a good laugh over the over-the-top contingency planning.
And then I woke up to the news that it was an Out vote; as I walked into work, David Cameron was resigning.
Not much work got done during the morning at all. There was a
lot bit of black humour, I think most people were stunned by the result and trying to figure out the implications. By mid-afternoon, the reality had settled in somewhat, and I do expect it to be pretty much business-as-usual on Monday.
Like everyone else in the UK, I’ve no idea what it means for me. There are so many ramifications, and all of them will take time to play through. I’d be surprised if anything crystallises in the next few weeks (then again, I’ve obviously proved a failure at reading the tea leaves).
I won’t lie. The massive uncertainty is worrying. But there’s nothing I can do about it right now, and I don’t want to stress myself out imagining worst-case scenarios. So let’s wait and see what happens – it will be an interesting few months, I suspect. (And I may have to severely limit my time on social media!)
One thing I need to get off my chest before I wrap up: I find myself biting my tongue when someone says they voted without understanding the consequences. Seriously?
It doesn’t matter which way you voted, but voting on something as momentous as this without taking the time to think, or even worse, voting arbitrarily because “oh, one vote doesn’t count”? Arrrrgghhhhh.
But what’s done is done. We have to unite to move forward, and on a personal level, me ranting IRL at people is not going to help at all. So consider this my rant in a private space, and hopefully I won’t fall out with the next person who says they didn’t really think before voting.
That’s it – usual service will be resumed shortly!