1) Yes, I voted Remain.
2) Yes, I am frustrated at the end result.
With that out of the way, I think it would be fair to say that one of the things I've found deeply troubling since the Referendum Result is - aside from the result itself - the response on social media from those who voted Leave.
Accusations of being "bad losers" and expressing "pointless negativity" have done the rounds more than anything in the past 48 hours, and I'm of the view that if anything, it doesn't make us - the Remain voters - bad losers, but rather it makes them bad winners.
And there was clear evidence of this even before the results came in.
And I was right...there were a lot of Leave voters stating that if Remain won, then it would only be because the whole thing had been a fix. They were calling it a rigged vote before the fucking vote, for Christ's sake! Many of them proudly broadcasting that they were taking their own pens to the polling stations because they were that convinced the whole thing was rigged.
That doesn't demonstrate to me that they went into this thing prepared to deal with the possibility of a Remain vote in good faith. That to me smacks of extreme paranoia. Had the country voted Remain, are we truly expected to believe that these people would have not called FIX on the referendum? That there wouldn't have been petitions doing the rounds..?
No...the signs were there and clear for all to see. Had Remain won this referendum, the Leave voters would have thrown their toys out of the pram. Many of whom had already stated quite clearly that they would never have voted again. Hell..! Selina Scott said it on the C4 Debate show live on TV..! But you just try and find any existing report of it now on the internet...you'll be hard fucking pushed. All I managed to find was the link to a Daily Mail article about it, which is no longer there when you click on it...
It was a petulant and childish thing to say. It was bloody pathetic, to be honest, but say it she did, as did many other people.
And now those who voted Remain are expected by those who voted Leave to lap up this criticism that we're Bad Losers..? No. I don't fucking think so. Look at Will Self, who appeared on C4 News yesterday, alongside Dreda Say Mitchell...he was visibly angry, and he had every right to be.
The Leave voters need to get a grip on the fact that so important a decision was this, that people are naturally going to feel angry. And that recovering from it is not so simple as saying "Come on, you bunch of bad losers!"
So, Leave voters, don't come at me or other Remain voters with your patronising accusations of Bad Losers. Don't come at us with your "We Need To Be Positive And Unite". One thing the referendum played up to was the division. It used division. It manipulated division. It thrived on division.
Coming back together again is not going to be so easy. Don't fool yourselves that it will.
Just take a look at this:
In seeking to criticise what she saw as negativity, this Facebook user showed herself to be the negative one; childish and utterly unreasonable. And it's all very well telling the rest of us to pull together and unite. But why on earth would I want to unite with a fucking idiot like that..?