Brexit Arguments

I was watching the news the other day and saw some people arguing reall “energetically” about Brexit. These guys were shouting at each other!

It made me think, “what do they hope to gain from this?” Do they really think that there is some golden nugget of information that they can bring to the table which will make the other person see sense? Or, maybe they just want to insult the other person? Do they really think the other person will care what this guy thinks of them?

I mean, I have a firm view on the issue, and that view hasn’t wavered, but it was formed long before any referendum campaign, just by weighing up the pros and cons. But I can appreciate that there is a different view which is perfectly valid, held by some other people. One of my best friends once articulated this “other” view to me and, really, I’ve known this guy for years and one of the reasons we became friends in the first place was because we trust each other’s judgement – I certainly wouldn’t want to fall out with them just because of this issue, not where there is 90% agreement anyway (all except the final conclusion).

And when you look at what causes different views, it is all a question of priorities. Both Labour and Tory want to work towards the same thing – prosperity – but Labour feel we’ll get there by prioritising X over Y, and the Tories Y over X. I don’t think you can really read anything more into it than that. Just as I formed my view on Brexit according to my priorities, so they come to their view according to theirs’. The people who don’t agree with us are not necessarily malevolents or idiots, just people who broadly want the same thing, but who believe it is more achievable by another means – I remember Dennis Skinner saying in his autobiography that he didn’t like even to speak to Tories, and that made me quite disappointed, especially as he is in a position where his job must entail trying to make progress alongside people who don’t see eye-to-eye. On many things I’d probably go along with the guy, but not on this.

Brexit is merely A.N. Other issue which follows that pattern. It does worry me how much harm this single issue is doing to our other politics – will there ever be a day that these two people, shouting at each other, can be united on an issue without letting Brexit get in the way?

Insulin

One of those funny mornings this morning. Was taking my insulin as usual, but when I stabbed myself, it was really painful. It can get like that sometimes, I think where there must be a tiny bruise from a previous injection. It used to happen more in the early days for various reasons, I assume that was because of my unfamiliarity with the gear and the process. So I withdrew the needle a tiny bit to make it more comfortable.

I pushed the plunger down as normal, but when I withdrew a few drops on insulin spilled out onto the floor. I normally shake the pen after use, precisely to see if any drops come out, and normally it is clear.

So I’m left wondering, “did I get all/any/none of my dose?” I assumed not, but to be cautious I injected myself again, properly, with another half dose. So, today I’m anywhere between ½ dose to 1½ doses. If the former, I was fortunate that my sugar was quite low this morning so it shouldn’t be too bad, if the latter I’ll have to be prepared for a hypo, and maybe this’ll be my last post? Literally. I’ll need to be very careful what I eat today, and to measure myself again tonight to get a fix for this evening’s dose. I kinda concluded that it is my sugar over time that is the important thing, rather than its spot value, although of course when the spot values are all high, that spells trouble.