Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Britain's EU Referendum - 5 Less Obvious Social Media Conversations and a Prognosis

As a bachelor in Political Science and an avid admirer of the United Kingdom, I cannot shy away from discussing tomorrow's EU Referendum. That is why I am bringing you 5 conversations  related to it that I came across on social media. I will stay away from the main points and keep a closer eye to the "not so obvious" topics that came up:

1. The EU Referendum and booze  -
this association is for real and has been done several times and on several platforms. Basically, one of the arguments used by the "Remain" campaigners was that the Italian Prosecco wine would get more expensive because of the custom duties that would be imposed on it in the absence of the free market. As UK is the most important consumer of Prosecco (apart from Italy), campaigners invited UK citizens to vote remain for the sake of a good cheap Italian glass of wine if not for a higher cause ...

2. Second generation immigrants complaining about immigration -
Yes! It is a fact. After building solid lives on UK soil as immigrants themselves, they now want to vote to get out of the EU because opened borders will bring in more immigrants. Is it ironic, amusing or hypocritical of them? Well, none of the above. It is actually very pragmatic. Immigrants usually compete for lower wage jobs and for social benefits. Bringing in more immigrants would mean harsher competition and diminishing social benefits.

3.Drawing parallels with the US elections -
"Obama says to stay IN" while "Trump says to LEAVE the EU". Interestingly, campaigners have not used Hilary Clinton as an "IN" advocate but have tricked Obama in as he is highly popular in Britain.
Furthermore, some threads on Instagram take advantage of the physical resemblance between Boris Johnson, ex mayor of London and lead "LEAVE" campaigner and Donald Trump, trying to discredit the former by association and by portraying them both as radical and hasty decision makers.

4. Food conversation -
On the same note as the wine conversation, posters claiming "Remain" votes use word play to emphasize the supplementary costs on import goods such as the Romaine Lettuce ("romaine" = "remain") or the French Fromage ("Fromage not Farage "(Neil)).

5. Cat conversation - Could cats stay out of it? No, they could not. How would cats vote on tomorrow's referendum? Well one article says that they would vote to LEAVE and then refuse to go :-) There is a myriad of threads involving cats on the topic of EUReferendum and the #catsagainstBrexit hashtag has huge coverage on all platforms.
Media outlets such as the BBC and Forbes have also joined the conversation.

I am sure there are plenty out there I am not aware. this is what I could spot today on social media, I will make further updates if other noteworthy conversations do pop up.

Finally, I would dare a prognosis for tomorrow's vote based on the vibe I got from social media. The "Remain" campaign seems to be more articulate and data driven, while the "Leave" campaign seems to be that of the restless and nonconformists.

Results tomorrow: 65% Remain - 35% Leave.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments bellow or on our Facebook Page and Twitter account.
Happy Wednesday!

UPDATE: I am in dismay! Social media mislead me :)) Farewell Britain!

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