The referendum is over with and a good job too. I was sick and tired of the poor quality factual coverage, the lies told by both sides and the mess that left the country deciding on pure emotion rather than intellect.
Just over half of the those who voted want to leave but just under half want to stay. That means that there are a lot of people happy and a lot of people unhappy today.
I wasn’t going to post about it as my politics are my own, business and politics don’t mix well in my opinion.
But then I read a post by a client of mine; The National Council Of Volunteering Organisations, www.ncvo.org.
We built and continue to support their website. The NCVO is at the forefront of the Voluntary sector in the UK and is widely respected for its views and excellent work supporting charities of every type all over the country.
Their Chief Executive is Sir Stuart Etherington. He posted on the EU referendum result and his words resonated with me and I wanted to share an extract with you.
He said “There is an urgent need to work to restore trust in society. Between the public and institutions, even between members of the public. Every little counts. Every negative encounter, every disappointing news story, does its bit to chip away at the finite reserves of trust that people hold. Every positive encounter, everything that serves to reinforce faith, can rebuild those reserves”
I wanted to echo those words and ask that everyone work hard to build the bridges that have been broken during this bitter campaign.
It doesn’t matter what side of the argument you found yourself on; we now need to come together in friendship and co-operation to make the country successful and ready to meet the extraordinary challenges we will undoubtedly face in the coming months and years.
Here I am being hopeful!
Update: 25th June 2016. 18.30. Over 2 million sign this!: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215
Update: 25th June 2016. 20.00. Lord Ashcrofts’ Poll on the referendum makes very interesting reading with some startling statistics. See it HERE.