In the Referendum, please don’t be tempted to kick Cameron in the balls.

The referendum is tomorrow and the country seems to be evenly divided. I’ve read a lot of stuff for In and a lot of stuff for Out and to be honest, I’m still not sure. My postal vote has already gone in (hope it gets there in time) and I voted Remain.

Why? I wasn’t very impressed with the Out crew, despite my love for Boris. The great and good seem to be solidly for Remain – which immediately made me want to vote Out. The minute I thought I’d vote Out, Farrage would come up with something so outrageously racist that I’d go back to Remain.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

So now we need the Wisdom of Crowds. That’s the strange fact that a group of people will often come up with a better answer to a problem than any lone genius. The typical example of this is at those Summer Fayre competitions to guess the weight of the piglet in ounces/guess the number of marbles in the jar. It’s a fact that if you go late, add up all the numbers suggested so far, divide it by the number of people who tried, you will probably come up with the right answer. It’s strange, it’s counter-intuitive, but it works.

It’s why democracy works.

It’s why every vote is important, no matter which way you vote. The more votes there are, the closer to the right answer the result will be. I don’t mean “right answer” as in “the one I agree with.” I mean “right answer” in the sense of what is best for the country – it could be In, it could be Out, I’m honestly not sure.

So first, make sure you vote.

Secondly, try to resist the temptation to give David Cameron a good kick in the balls – which would be an Out vote. I know, I know, you see his round fatuous face, hear his oily “sincere” voice and toffy tones and you instantly want to machine gun him. Seriously, don’t give in to this.

The Wisdom of Crowds only works if everyone is honestly trying to get the right answer – not being distracted by the alluring prospect of watching Cameron spitting balls and shitting teeth.

So go to it, British Crowd. Let’s see what you got!

4 thoughts on “In the Referendum, please don’t be tempted to kick Cameron in the balls.

  1. I like Charlie Stross’ remark on this: “The Brexit camp are asking for a no-fault divorce and it hasn’t occurred to them that their ex is going to try to hang onto the house, the CD collection, and the cat — and leave them sleeping in the car if they’re lucky”—http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2016/06/the-unspeakable-truth.html

  2. I am 80 years old and horrified by the nastiness of the Brexit crowd.I wept when I heard the result and wept again as I listened to Nicola Sturgeon s measured and statesmanlike speech,so full of openness and warmth. I wish I lived in Scotland! I’d sooner be on the side of people like her and the late Jo Cox than any number of Farages I think we are about to live through “interesting times” Should make my final years exciting

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