For The Fallen

If we didn’t have the opportunity to disagree – out loud – would you be happy with the alternative?  I know I wouldn’t.

I voted ‘Remain’ in the EU Referendum.  The country as a whole voted ‘Leave’.  I had a choice as did the people that voted ‘Leave’.  And yet, I have now been branded as ‘unpatriotic’ and a ‘bemoaner’ and all because I disagreed.  I cannot tell a lie – the personal insults bug me, but as the dinner ladies at school used to say “sticks and stones” and all that.  By virtue of the privilege of a free vote, this is democracy at work.

Whilst I had no influence one way or the other on the recent US Presidential Election, I would not have voted for Mr Trump.  If I’m honest I would have only reluctantly voted for Mrs Clinton – because I am a firm believer in exercising my democratic right to vote and I would have been compelled to vote for somebody.  My personal opinion is that in a country as large as United States of America, if these are the best two candidates they had to offer for the most powerful position on earth, perhaps they have got what they deserved.  Again, I say, this is democracy in action.

100-years have passed since the most costly battle of the First World War and in all the wars and conflicts since; good men and women have given their lives to ensure that I have the right to disagree.

I will never dishonour their memory by refusing to accept a democratically achieved decision.

Will you?