Here's something to cheer you up, DK, posted this to Comment Is Free tonight for Polly and Gordon.
Hello Polly, it's me again.
As you know, we in Harlow are so sick to the back teeth of being disenfranchised by anti-democracy elitists like you and Gordon over this Treaty that we've taken matters into our own hands.
Democracy haters all:
WE IN HARLOW IN ESSEX ARE HAVING OUR REFERENDUM NOW
And you can do nothing to stop us. Two or three days ago when we began this, we were angry and in despair. Now, with the petitions and votes for a national Referendum rolling into our boxes in their thousands, we've found our fighting spirit and it's so wonderfully empowering.
I arrived home just after 9pm - a 13 hour day thanks to staying late at work designing a Referendum poster and delivering more Referendum forms on my way home - to find a bundle of 456 votes on my kitchen table left by Bobby, a pensioner with a bad back. He'd collected those in just
"I need some more ballot papers, I've run out", said Bobby's note on top of the pile of votes. So I took him some round.
When I asked Bobby how he managed to collect so many (named, signed and addressed) REFERENDUM VOTES in just 2-3 days (unfortunately, this cannot be a secret ballot), Bobby said:
"I've bin out all day, every day, since you gave me the forms...though it's brought me arthritis on a bit..but it's like the war, n'it, we've gotta do our bit for our country."
Gawd, Bobby, I said, please have a rest now, I don't want you killing yourself for this.
"Nah, I'm alright", said Bobby, "I'm collecting in the town centre tomorrow."
" 'Ere, do you know I got chucked out of the Sainsbury's today,", Bobby told me with a look of defiance, "the security man said 'you can't ask people to vote in 'ere without the manager's permission.' I said, WELL GET THE MANAGER THEN!...First time I've ever been chucked out of anywhere in me life."
Bobby is 73, Polly - and you and Gordon should hang your anti-democratic heads in shame because you aren't fit to clean his boots.
I want to tell you about the deaf and almost blind volunteers we have, Polly, about Nev who thinks he's cracked his ribs yet is going to get out of bed to take the Referendum to his bowls club, and Gib who's collecting votes though he needs sticks - and so many others.
Of course, you won't believe any of this.
SO I CHALLENGE YOU, BOTH OF YOU, POLLY TOYNBEE AND GORDON BROWN.
Come to Harlow, meet all of us Harlow Referendites and see for yourselves how much we detest your anti-democratic political experiment - and you. Then explain to us why you're betraying us, selling our democracy to the EU and forcing us to fight you for it.
We urge everyone right across our country to do this too, start your own Referendums in your home towns and villages or wards. It' so easy, people are so angry that they practically fight to vote and you'll soon be inundated with volunteers, I promise you.
We're doing it at almost nil expense in Harlow, with a shoe string budget and a war time spirit...and so can you
Please spread the word.
Go, go, go, Auntie Flo! People like you make me slightly more enthusiastic about this country and, despite my occasional depression, you make me proud to be British (yes, I said "British"). Go for it, and your humble Devil's thoughts are with you.
If there is anything I can do to help (or if you are having a public count I can come to) then let me know.