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At work today, all of the Muslims in our office – including my own boss – brought in an incredible array of the most breath-taking food for everyone to enjoy. This was, in part, a small element of their celebration of Eid Mubarak (the festival marking the end of Ramadan), to thank everyone at work who has been so accommodating, understanding and helpful to them during their month of fasting (somewhat needlessly in a cosmopolitan, inclusive and accepting society... but lovely all the same!). It was also, however, a gesture to show that, on a day in which we are again confronted with yet another horrific atrocity conducted by someone claiming to be operating under the ideology of ISIL, Islam is a peaceful, inclusive, tolerant, non-violent religion. Please bear in mind this mantra that is true: Islamic State do not represent Islam. As we remember those who have lost their lives in France today, please also remember those who – fearful of reprise attacks, social suspicion and ostracisation – have just had their lives made even more difficult: the overwhelming majority of Muslims living in Britain, in Europe and around the world. If you need any proof of this, look first and foremost at the number of Muslims who are killed by ISIL; they are always in the frontline of ISIL attacks. As Iyad El-Baghdadi, a human rights activist born in the United Arab Emirates, pointed out after the attacks in Turkey last week, “ISIS attacked a Muslim majority country during the holy month of Ramadan and most of the victims are Muslim. But it calls itself 'Islamic'. Worst, idiots the world over give ISIS a huge boost by aiding its narrative that it’s representative of Islam and/or Islamic traditions. You give extremists an automatic and big win when you accept their claim that they represent tradition and that the tradition equals Islam.” Once again: Islamic State do not represent Islam. When you are discussing this latest attack with your friends, work colleagues and family, remember to purposefully include this fact: Islamic State do not represent Islam.

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I wonder how many of those who seem to have been convinced that Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Vladimir Putin and Donald trump have our best interests at heart will still be around in 20 years to deal with the consequences of this? Such a shame. In a world where nations are finding more ways to become united, more ways to be safe, we're peddling backwards. Scotland will probably want to split from us now, too - and who could blame them? They've been dragged into a terrible decision that, according to the vote, they didn't want. More splits. More break-up. More disunity. Ah well... I always wondered what the 1500's looked like...
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Actually, I literally could not face going into work today so I am chilling in a café - this will take days to recover from.
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Get out and vote! (unless you're voting for the wrong side... in which case, feel free to stay at home...)
 
Time to vote in today’s referendum

Today is the referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. Polling stations in the UK will be open from 7am - 10pm.

For more information on how to vote from the Electoral Commission, visit http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/uk-voters

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A genuine concern - hopefully all the "Little Englander's" realise that their isolationist convictions aren't worth getting their shell-suits wet for, and stay at home...
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We can all do with a little extra kindness, a bit more unity…

“There are three things you must always ask yourself before you say anything.

·         Does this need to be said?

·         Does this need to be said by me?

·         Does this need to be said by me now?”

 

http://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/these-3-questions-will-immediately-increase-your-emotional-intelligence.html


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Exactly...
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Don't apologise - apparently, my own brother did, too...
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Aaaaaand another one...
 
A good friend of mine came up with a great idea. If you don't have the time/inclination to find out all the facts about the EU referendum (I don't blame you) and are possibly unsure which way to vote, perhaps knowing how other notable people are thinking could help out.

Here are a few that strongly believe the UK should remain a member of the EU:

• Governor of the Bank of England
• International Monetary Fund
• Institute for Fiscal Studies
• Confederation of British Industry
• Leaders/heads of state of every single other member of the EU
• President of the United States of America
• Eight former US Treasury Secretaries
• President of China
• Prime Minister of India
• Prime Minister of Canada
• Prime Minister of Australia
• Prime Minister of Japan
• Prime Minister of New Zealand
• The chief executives of most of the top 100 companies in the UK including Marks and Spencer, BT, Asda, Vodafone, Virgin, IBM, BMW etc.
• Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations
• All living former Prime Ministers of the UK (from both parties)
• Virtually all reputable and recognised economists
• The Prime Minister of the UK
• The leader of the Labour Party
• The Leader of the Liberal Democrats
• The Leader of the Green Party
• The Leader of the Scottish National Party
• The leader of Plaid Cymru
• Leader of Sinn Fein
• Martin Lewis, that money saving dude off the telly
• The Secretary General of the TUC
• Unison
• National Union of Students
• National Union of Farmers
• Stephen Hawking
• Chief Executive of the NHS
• 300 of the most prominent international historians
• Director of Europol
• David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
• Former Directors of GCHQ
• Secretary General of Nato
• Church of England
• Church in Scotland
• Church in Wales
• Friends of the Earth
• Greenpeace
• Director General of the World Trade Organisation
• WWF
• World Bank
• OECD
• Sir David Attenborough

Here are pretty much the only notable people who think we should leave the EU:

• Boris Johnson, who probably doesn’t really care either way, but knows he’ll become Prime Minister if the country votes to leave
• A former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who carried out a brutal regime of cuts to benefits and essential support for the poorest in society as well as the disabled and sick
• That idiot that was Education Secretary and every single teacher in the country hated with a furious passion for the damage he was doing to the education system
• Leader of UKIP
• BNP
• Britain First
• Donald Trump
• Keith Chegwin
• David Icke

So, as I said, if you can’t be bothered to look into the real facts and implications of all this in/out stuff, just pick the list that you most trust and vote that way. It really couldn’t be more simple.

And if you are unsure about leaving, don't.
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It is maddening to me that there are people out there willing to "Vote Leave".
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