I am not very good at voting these days. All I can say is thank goodness John Finnie is an MSP or my track record would be very poor indeed. Exhausted last night and went to bed a little nervous that there was no clear indication that we were not burning all our bridges. Kept the radio on but as I was so tired I think I only woke up once and the feeling of dread increased as I was sure it was a Brexit cheer from the north of England. Around 6am I was just aware enough that we were voting to leave the EU. Although it was a 52/48% in favour of leaving it is small comfort that in Scotland we voted 60/40% to stay. Made it out late in the day as I had to just speak to anyone before going out to sea. At the front door there was the postie and crofter discussing the latest events with a fair degree of disgust over the vote. Up at the Inn there was a genuine case of shock. We are so connected to Europe with both residents and visitors it is hard to believe, and take in, what has actually happened. Unfortunately we could not find the Euro flag bunting to put out to make sure that all were still welcome and we were not part of this misguided opinion. So here is a wee photo that sums up, I hope, the majority view in Applecross today.
I thought it would be close but honestly believed as a country a common sense, fear of the unknown, would prevail. That, unfortunately, is roughly what happened in our own IndyRef. It was a beautiful day at sea even if it was wall to wall Europe. I think the really, really disturbing news item I heard all day was that Matteo Salvini, Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders hailed the Brexit win. What an accolade to have, that we as a country are encouraging extreme right wingers across Europe. Have a deep sense of foreboding that we are back on a road that we trodden before and we do not seem to have learned a single lesson. Too depressed to continue in this theme but just to add, the forestry extraction, the paths and walls that were built and renovated, Clachan Church restoration, the deer fence stretching down to Toscaig would not have happened in Applecross if funding had not been secured from LEADER, SRDP and the European Regional Development Fund. You can be sure that if it was not for this funding that these projects would not have happened.