raven: Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, wearing green and red and looking up (Default)
[personal profile] raven
Notes on voting in a referendum, my first:

-The British summer. You could wring out the air like a dishcloth. We were waiting in for the plumber. At the polling station I explained to the tellers that in an outsized efficiency Islington had registered me to vote twice, in two different names. They seemed mildly concerned, thanked me for letting them know, and asked me what my legal name was, and then apologised for asking. I voted, once, with a stub pencil. The lady next to in the queue said to the tellers, “I don’t read well. Can you go through it with me?”

“Of course,” they said. On the way out, someone in a car with all the doors open was playing “Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover”.

-On Seven Sisters Road, two girls holding REMAIN banners, picket signs and stickers waved cheerfully at passing traffic. A woman with a table further down was explaining very earnestly to an old white man that to remain leaves our options open; if you have the slightest doubt, you know what you need to do, and also, do you trust Boris Johnson? Her companion said to me, have you voted. Yes. Would you like a sticker? I’d love one, I said, but I’m a civil servant. Oh well, she said, best be safe, hope your day is lovely.

-Outside Holloway Road Tube station, the same two campaigners I’ve been seeing most days this week were both standing out in the rain. One was explaining EU parliamentary democracy to a passer-by; the other asked if I’d voted. Inside the ticket hall, in the midmorning lull, a woman had forgotten about the lift she was waiting for and was shouting across the barriers to the station staff. “It’s about our children’s future!” she was saying, as I rummaged for my Oyster card. “Not for us, but for them!”

“Absolutely,” said the ticket barrier guy, sounding fervent. I said earlier this week that of course TFL have no political views, but they’re running an experimental trial at Holborn that’s trying to get people to stand on both sides of the escalators. The signage has started to say things like “UNITED WE STAND”.

I am afraid that in the years to come I may look back upon today as the last breath of the leftist consensus of my childhood; that things were bad and growing worse all the time, but some days mark a steeper descent. But if the terrible thing happens, it isn’t because a lot of people weren’t doing the job that was in front of them.

on 2016-06-23 10:57 am (UTC)
marymac: Noser from Middleman (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] marymac
I voted in balmy semi-sunshine, to the tune of the now five-election-running debate about the Fane Street School mural (purple children, no one knows why), and am deeply, immensely reassured by the fact that not only are all my interns registered to vote, they have an elaborate car-sharing plan worked out to make sure all of them can get home to vote in plenty of time tonight.

on 2016-06-23 10:19 pm (UTC)
marymac: Noser from Middleman (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] marymac
In between being much more dippy than I am comfortable with for people who write software on which entire healthcare systems depend they are quite good!
Edited on 2016-06-23 10:20 pm (UTC)

on 2016-06-23 11:20 am (UTC)
schneefink: River walking among trees, from "Safe" (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] schneefink
they’re running an experimental trial at Holborn that’s trying to get people to stand on both sides of the escalators. The signage has started to say things like “UNITED WE STAND”.
That is great.

on 2016-06-23 01:24 pm (UTC)
musesfool: Superman & Batman, back to back (you always think we can take 'em)
Posted by [personal profile] musesfool
they’re running an experimental trial at Holborn that’s trying to get people to stand on both sides of the escalators. The signage has started to say things like “UNITED WE STAND”.

Ha that's great! Except for that fact that no! Stand on the right, walk on the left is how it should be!

on 2016-06-23 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] summerstorm
<333333 Thank you for sharing your experience.

on 2016-06-23 02:07 pm (UTC)
philomytha: girl in woods with a shaft of sunlight falling on her (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] philomytha
We had the sopping wet air yesterday, today I voted in a surprisingly beautiful summer day. The polling station was a lot busier than it was for the council elections not long ago, and I don't usually hear other mothers earnestly talking politics in the playground either. Cub got to play a role by posting the ballot into the ballot box, which he was very proud of. I've been finding myself very much in agreement with your lady at the lift: it is a decision for him more than me.

on 2016-06-24 06:32 am (UTC)
philomytha: girl in woods with a shaft of sunlight falling on her (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] philomytha
I guess we're well? I was better last night than I am this morning. Though the best thing about having children is that no matter how dolefully you are glued to Radio 4, there are always going to be insistent requests that you come and play trains and I did a poo mummy and what's for breakfast mummy and please mummy play trains play trains play trains. So it's not possible to sit and cry all morning however much I might wish to.

on 2016-06-23 05:40 pm (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] saunteringfiend
What a lovely post.

on 2016-06-23 11:11 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] littlered2.livejournal.com
At the polling station I explained to the tellers that in an outsized efficiency Islington had registered me to vote twice, in two different names.
A colleague told me yesterday that some acquaintances are having building work done at the moment and living elsewhere. One got her polling card sent to her current address; her partner got nothing. The council apologised and sent another. It didn't turn up. It turned out that they had sent it to the unoccupied house, even though their partner's had somehow made it to the occupied one. I would like to feel a bit more confident that the electoral process is all behaving as it should.

I change trains at Holborn every day and the recorded messages about standing on both sides of the escalator are slowly chipping away at my self-control. It's the cheery reworkings of song lyrics that are the worst.

I voted Remain by post a few weeks ago; there is a Remain poster in our bedroom window. I don't think I know a single person who's voting Leave, and yet the polls and the audience reactions to Tuesday's debate suggest that there are loads. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

on 2016-06-23 02:35 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mirabile-dictu.livejournal.com
I'm not even British but I'm so nervous about the results of this referendum! My husband tells me what the US news says about it and then I interpret that for him as best I can (as if I were an expert).

Oh, England, please don't follow the US down our dark and narrow path.

on 2016-06-23 07:19 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] amnisias.livejournal.com
My voting experience has not been good. Apperantly I am not allowed to vote in the referrendum because I am a foreigner. Never mind that I've been in the UK for over 20 years, work as a consultant in the NHS, pay taxes, have never been to yail and do not smoke, drink or do drugs. And most importantly, am directly affected by the outcome of the referendum. Luckily I'm living in a labour district, so it should not matter that much. I hope...

Fittingly, the Manchester summer is crappy as ever, not really making it over 17 degrees. At least there is a bit of sunshine - small mercies?

Gotta love that the majority of the arguments were about what's best for the UK or for individuals, not what's THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

on 2016-06-24 02:17 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] shadowfireflame.livejournal.com
Thanks for this report from the ground. It can be scary watching from afar and wondering what's going on! This gives me some hope! (I'm not British but really love the UK!)

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