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Robert Young marathonman uk

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 12:50

I didn't care at first, but now I am transfixed by that Letsrun thread.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 15:34

When I was a 6th former, I won a competition run by my local MEP to get schoolkids of various ages to learn about Europe by doing projects (part of his efforts to raise awareness with all members of his constituency about what the EU is all about). Part of the prize for the older kids' competition was a trip to the European Parliament where I got to shadow my MEP to various debates and meetings and see the range of things they did - it was pretty full-on and really interesting for me as a teenager to see democratic processes at work. For ages after that I wanted to be a simultaneous interpreter (though mainly because they got to sit in those really cool little booths with massive headphones on).

Anyway, if any of us are still not sure, can I just say again that if the referendum goes in favour of 'leave', it'll be extremely hard to get back in again if we change our minds. Whereas if we vote 'remain', we can always decide to leave later. So although JT141 was right to point out the attraction of voting for change rather than the status quo, it really does make more sense not to make potentially irreversible decisions unless we're 100% convinced.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 22:56
Philomena Cunk wrote (see)

No it's waffle. You like it cos it's waffle which suits what you think. 


Well, I didn't agree with all of it, but it is true that I liked the end bit.

Also my mum's an immigrant.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 22:25

I read it so you don't have to, PC. I'm a fast reader though. It was good.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 18:53
Skinny Fetish Fan wrote (see)

 - oh shit now I'm confused - is HAVEN'T more or less significant than haven't.

More sophisticated?

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 17:19

Don't patronise me you smug middle-class multinational industrialist. I was thinking more of the people who haven't spent the last three months making themselves as well-informed as they could possibly be, but who do turn up to vote and go one way or the other because there's not an 'I'm not sure' box.

Training hard but lack of progression

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 16:52

I think your training sounds perfectly reasonable, but I'd be inclined to agree with the first person who replied, and suspect iron deficiency, especially as you are a young women who trains regularly. Your description of working hard but going backwards sounds a bit too familiar! Get them to test your ferritin as well; they don't normally include that one in a full blood count unless you ask.

Overdone it?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 16:48

Throw away the presentation box and then you can just stick them in the downstairs loo with the rest. I have the shittest trophy in the world (that I insisted on taking home because it was so rubbish, and the rest of the team let me, because, well...), so I like to keep that in pride of place on my mantelpiece.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 14:27
PhilPub wrote (see)
Skinny Fetish Fan wrote (see)


This is way way too complicated for the population to be voting on and is a complete abdication of duty by politicians.


Very much this. I'm voting Remain, because it's my best guess regarding what's best for not just the country but also the rest of Europe (and the world. Big hugs!)

Yeah, I think this too. Not in a patronising 'normal people are too thick to know what's good for them' way, but because so many people are undecided or feel they don't have enough reliable information to make a decision, and it's close enough that this HUGE decision could end up being swung one way or another by people who don't actually HAVE a strong opinion. And then we'll all have to live with it.

Are you and "in" or an "out"?

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 13:41

I'm 100% 'remain'. I'm emotionally and ideologically in favour of a united Europe, but I also genuinely believe that people in Britain are better off in the EU, and that workers' rights (among other things I think are important) are more likely to be protected if we stay. And I also believe that the EU (of which we are still, for now, a part) will also be better off with Britain in it.

However, if you are still not sure and cannot be firmly persuaded either way before Thursday, I think you should abstain.* This shows that you are participating in the democratic process, but that you don't want to or don't feel able to answer 'yes' or 'no' to this particular question. That's also a political statement.

*(except that if I personally wasn't sure I'd vote 'remain', actually, because we're much more likely to have another chance to vote out than we are to be able to get back in again if it all goes horribly wrong.)

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