It’s been a while now since those of us who count ourselves as UK citizens first heard we were going to get a vote on staying in or leaving the European Union.
Since then and more recently, there has been a lot of shouting.
But not a lot of speaking unto truth. Even now, with less than two weeks to go, no one is telling us how things will be. They’re all willing to say – or, rather, shout – “If we stay it will be so and so”, or “If we leave it will be so and so”, but no one is prepared to tell us how it will really be after June 23.
I tend to agree with one young person who, it was reported a few days ago, said that it sounded like a lot of old men shouting at each other.
For that’s what it has been: a lot of middle-aged, if not older, people shouting at each other, here and elsewhere, in the press and on the television as well as on the radio.
People shout at each other, instead of having a rational, even quiet debate about the issues. Someone said the other day that Hillary Clinton won’t get elected because she doesn’t shout enough, and because she’s not good-looking enough.
Was Mrs Thatcher good-looking? She was glamorous, for sure, but I’m not sure if she shouted. She did, at least, sound strident.
Was Golda Meir good-looking? That depends on your point of view, but I don’t recall her shouting.
Angel Merkel is neither a hot-looking woman, nor given to shouting.
Hillary Clinton is good-looking enough for me.
But doo we have to have a good-looking person in charge of the leading nation in the Western World?
And do we have to have a voice in what’s being said, despite being “the fifth most prosperous nation in the world”, as one shouty middle-aged man put it?
Of course, we want to be taking part in the world. Who doesn’t, or wouldn’t?
But, do we have to shout about it? Can’t we just vote?