The Great British stiff upper lip. Our Victorian stoicism. Show no weakness, admit nothing is making you uncomfortable. It’s the thing many people instantly think of when they think of Britain, and to be honest, it’s true isn’t it?
We’ve all sat on the train, straining our necks to not look at the drunk person causing a scene. We’ve got the ability to get up and move to another carriage, but we don’t. We sit there and occasionally make eye contact with another British person doing the same thing and have a nano-second of “Oh goodness I wish this would stop and I’m glad I’m not the only one.” But, we persevere. For some reason.
Ever sat in the hairdresser’s chair with the world’s worst hair cut and you’ve painted a smile on your face saying “yeah, it’s great!” pay the full price for something you hate and then cry in your car before going home?
How about when you’re out for dinner and there’s someone who has been given the wrong meal, or something doesn’t taste right, and they’ll complain to you but when the server comes to the table they shove the food in their mouth and smile through the pain instead of causing a fuss.
One I’m definitely guilty of is when someone gets your name wrong and I just go internally “Well, I guess I’m Rachel to this person now.”
And maybe there’s a time and a place for us to hold on to our British uncomfortableness. But Brexit is definitely not that time.
Brexit isn’t the cup of tea someone made you and they’ve put sugar in it when you didn’t ask for any but you’ll just drink it anyway “just to be polite”.
It’s time for a People’s Vote. It’s time for us to let go of attitude of “I didn’t ask for this but I suppose we’ll just deal with it.” Nobody voted for a wage cut. Nobody voted for a medication shortage. Nobody voted for instability for their future. A No Deal Brexit will deliver all this and more.
A People’s Vote does not undermine democracy and it does not undermine your vote. Nothing stops you from voting the same way you did previously. Use your voice because we’re lucky enough to live in a country where that’s a possibility.
Sign this petition to tell Jeremy Corbyn to back a People’s Vote. What good is an opposition that doesn’t oppose the Government?