Why the EU Remain campaign needs to start being positive

If you’re in the UK and haven’t been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will be well aware that on 23 June 2016 everyone of voting age in this country will be able to have their say on whether we stay in or leave the European Union.

It’s a big decision and, unless you’re predesposed to one side or the other, very difficult to decide which way to jump. I’m very much undecided at the moment; so firmly sat on the fence that I’m at serious risk of getting splinters.

The campaigning has hardly started, of course, and we haven’t even had an official decree of which two campaigns will be deemed the authorised voices of the “outers” and “inners”. What’s happened so far, however, is a bit disappointing. The “inners” seem to be basing their campaigning on why it would be the end of the world to leave. One day, they were saying that it would take two years for the UK to negotiate “brexit” with the EU. A few days later this was five years and then shortly after that 10.

Of course, no-one knows how long it will really take but that doesn’t seem to matter to “Campaign Leave” — if it sounds awful, they’ll just say it and then when that’s worn off they’ll make the same point again just with bigger numbers to grab a few more headlines.

They might be correct in what they say, however this scaremongering is simply baffling any of us who are trying to make sense of it all.

The “outers” aren’t doing much better. Their campaigning seems to consist mainly of calling the opposition “Project Fear” and saying that the latest figures quoted and comments thrown about by the “inners” are a load of rubbish.

They could be correct too — but who knows?!

My plea to both sides of the argument is to stop what seems to be the default position in any vote — the need to slam their opponents without bothering to give positive reasons on their own position.

I hope that some time between now and voting day, we can start to see some clear factual reporting of what’s correct and what is not and perhaps we’ll all be able to vote with a clear idea of why we’ve gone for one particular option over the other.

It’s either that, or come 23 June polling booths up and down the country won’t be as silent as they normally are, but instead will echo to the sound of tossed coins falling on the floor.

I’m now posting my articles both on my blog and also to Medium. You can read this article on Medium here. Please follow me on Medium here.

Introduction to the Apple Watch

January 30, 2016

The Apple Watch launched in April 2015, so this blog post and video recorded in January 2016 is, in product terms, quite late! However, like many people, I purchased an Apple Watch (in my case the Sport edition) for Christmas 2015 and these are my thoughts. The video features a complete look at the Apple Watch […]

Read More…

Quick tip for Synology users with a Mac

January 22, 2016

Here’s a quick tip for anyone with a Synology NAS drive who uses it with a Mac running OS X El Capitan (although this should work under Yosemite and perhaps even Mavericks). When listing directories over the network there can, for particularly large folders, be a noticeable delay before the directory contents is displayed on screen. Thankfully, a delay like […]

Read More…

A demo of my sit/stand desk

November 17, 2015

Regular readers (who are they?) will be aware that I have a desk that enables me to raise or lower it so I can use it in a traditional sitting or a standing position. This kind of thing is ideal for an accompanying video, so here it is! I’ll be making a more detailed video […]

Read More…

An introduction to the Apple TV 4

November 9, 2015

The Apple TV 4 has recently launched and I’ve got my hands on one to review. In this video I compare the specs of the new hardware with the Apple TV 3 and take a look at the new unit’s operating system: tvOS. I show installing an app, searching with the on-screen keyboard and built […]

Read More…

My first VLOG

November 3, 2015

Something I’ve wanted to do for a while is to VLOG as well as BLOG and this is my first attempt at the former. I originally wanted to start my VLOG some time ago, however my iPhone 5s had a fault that meant that audio wouldn’t record when using the front facing “FaceTime” camera – […]

Read More…

3D Touch on the iPhone 6s

October 24, 2015

One of the new features of the iPhone 6s is 3D Touch, a new technology that enables the device to not only detect traditional swipes and taps, but also presses into the screen. The iPhone 6s can not only detect a forceful push on the display – it can also determine how hard you’re pushing […]

Read More…

Comparing the iPhone 4, iPhone 5s and iPhone 6s Plus

October 17, 2015

Here’s a new video on my new YouTube channel I’ve started up to support my blog. There’s not much to write about as it’s all in the visuals! The video compares and contrasts three iPhones: the iPhone 4 (released in June 2010), the iPhone 5s (released in September 2013) and finally the newest of the […]

Read More…

Adding a monitor arm to my desk setup

October 10, 2015

This week I added a new monitor arm to my desk setup. In this blog (and accompanying video) I describe why I chose the particular arm I went for and how I found using it since installing. I’ve had a computer for years. So I’ve had different monitors for years too. I’ve never had an […]

Read More…

First YouTube post

September 30, 2015

To help support my text blog (and perhaps make me update it a bit more often) I’m going to occasionally upload a video to support what I’m banging on about. Let’s be honest, I’m not the most photogenic of individuals so I imagine most videos will involve me standing behind the camera so that you get […]

Read More…