We have a referendum coming up next month.
There has been quite a bit about it in the various meeja, but so far I have ignored it.
There are two issues at stake.
The first is the gay marriage thing. Now I have no opinion on this whatsoever. I am married and not gay so it doesn't concern me. I have nothing against gay people apart from their hijacking of the word "gay" and it raises my hackles every time I hear it. But short of calling them by one of the other long list of colourful sobriquets, I am stuck with "gay" even if it does grate on the nerves.
Naturally, this being Ireland, there has been a vociferous anti-campaign mainly by the ultra conservative Catholic mob who are claiming that if gay marriage is allowed then virtually every child that is adopted is going to instantly be infected with gayness. They are the same people who carried fetuses around in buckets at the time of the abortion referendums and maintained that no marriage was safe if we adopted divorce. They must be incredibly insecure people if this reflects their attitudes, but as far as I am concerned they are just fucking idiots who are best ignored.
There are those who say I should stick up for oppressed minorities. My reply is that I am a repressed minority and no one is sticking up for me. Just because I enjoy a puff of the pipe [and that is a smoking reference, not a gay one] the general public have been given legal carte blanche to oppress me. Does anyone stand up for my minority rights? Do they fuck. So the gays can fuck off and fight their own battles and leave me out of it.
The second referendum is the question of lowering of the eligibility age to become president. Yes. That's right. This is not a joke. We are holding a referendum to lower the eligibility age from 35 to 21. Naturally I have spent a lifetime of sleepless nights worrying about this restriction that has blighted so many lives in the past. Ireland can rest easy if this is passed.
I don't know what I'll be doing on May 22nd next.
I do know what I won't be doing.
I won't be wasting my time farting around sticking Xs on ballot papers.