The clown tricked me once more and as I leaned in closer to sniff his lapel flower – he laughed
“One thing I know for sure there is absolutely no benefit to staying in the EU.”
I mopped my wetted face and dried my glasses on the edge of my t-shirt. I thanked him for sharing his words and bade him a good day.
(I really need to take more care on where and how I spend my lunch times.)
There is a warning in the centre of Faringdon -” Mistrust a man who never hass, The occasional flash, of silliness”. But there can also be a warning to never trust a silly man who is absolutely certain on his own ideas.
Doubt and confusion have a place as sure as clarity and assertion are the preference of the managerially minded.
One doubting Radical said:
“One of the most important things in life is … described as ‘that ever-gnawing inner doubt as to whether you’re right.’ If you don’t have that, if you think you’ve got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide.”
If you are blessed with some degree of gnawing uncertainty on your EU vote then that is a blessing.
There is no perfectly correct answer to an imperfectly asked question.
But whilst we deliberate what the strategic challenges truly are – doubting that Bureaucrats in Brussels, Housing in Hemel or immigrants in inner Hants are the real challenge… I will vote Remain and keep my wits about me.