There are minds far greater than the general population can muster when it comes to major decisions such as the EU referendum – a decision that will impact the entire globe.
Giving the decision to the public (or even the government) is like asking a child if they want 5kg of jelly beans and 5 litres of Coca-Cola. Of course they want it, but it doesn’t mean it’s good for them.
Currently I foresee tears before bedtime, vomit, headaches, tantrums and regrets.
Reading and hearing a great number of comments and views on the referendum, I can’t help but think that the majority of people don’t have enough of a clue as to what’s going on, what will happen and what won’t happen, to be allowed to make such a decision.
Too many opinions, I believes, I thinks, what ifs…
I hear ‘I believe Britain will be better off if we vote leave, and in my opinion the EU is bad for us…’ (also the same for ‘remain’ and ‘good for us’).
You get someone saying that they believe in *insert deity here* and that *insert religion here* is the one true faith. It doesn’t make it real or true. Good for them though, believe what you will about religion or the EU, but don’t force you’re factless opinion and belief on the rest of us by making it into a cross on a ballot paper.
There are highly educated people who study, live and breathe these type of world influencing scenarios whose educated reasoning I’d rather trust on this topic before trusting my own findings.
You wouldn’t trust a newspaper story, or the views of a TV presenter, or an Internet meme, or a famous singer or actor when it comes to fixing your gas boiler, carrying out brain surgery, managing your finances, fixing your car, looking after your baby, neutering your pet… and yet you quite happily follow them on the choices they tell you to make about things they have no more knowledge than you about. Choices that, as I said before, will have global impact.
Democracy has its flaws. Allowing non-experts to make these decisions is one of them.