Imagine coming home to discover that, without any warning, police and city officials have entered your house while you were out and removed your beloved dog, leaving a warrant taped to the front door saying that your dog has been deemed "illegal."
When I was 13, at the Lycée Mignet, in Aix-en-Provence, France, my new friends told me I had to decide. Was I for the dream of a United Europe or against? "Oui" or "Non"? What you chose decided who your friends would be for the rest of the year.
What will Northern Ireland do? Because if Scotland bolts, Ireland may actually unite once again as well. I have no idea what the chances of this actually happening really are, but the least you can say is that the chances would certainly be higher if Scotland does decide to go its own way.
If they reverse themselves, the first vote will have been enough of a shock so that the EU reforms itself -- with Britain on the inside shaping those changes. For everyone's sake, let us have a Brexit do-over.
By now, you have probably heard that UK voters chose 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the European Union (EU). Just about all the articles are talking about the political and economic issues. I prefer to talk about the one that is often overlooked in political situations -- marketing.
Some blame social and economic deprivation. More people appear to take their own lives in working class areas, where opportunities are rare and hope is scarce. Others point toward the mental legacy of the Troubles.