We are going to keep Pul Biber to mostly being about living in Turkey and local material, our travels, our life here. On which we have just got back from a trip to Greece details of which to follow soon.
Right now we are taking this opportunity to let people know that political content, especially about the UK, and maybe some other bits and pieces, social commentary and observations, human rights matters and so on will appear over on Postcards from the Edge. Do please drop by if you are interested, do comment if you want.
This is something we have been thinking of doing for a while. Recent terrible events in the UK got us off our backsides and writing.
For those UK citizens who are living in Turkey or maybe elsewhere outside of the UK and want to vote in the referendum. If you have a postal vote this may not be of much use since the earliest they will be sent out from the UK is 3rd June, so odds are we will get them sometime in July.
We spoke to the Electoral Commission about this. They provided the telephone number of Electoral Services where we are registered for a postal vote, in our case London Borough of Ealing. We now have the forms by email for a Proxy vote, these can be printed, completed, scanned and returned by email. In our case the Proxy may then have to apply for a postal vote but that too can all be done by email and return of email.
If you are a UK citizen living in Turkey or elsewhere and want to vote, then depending on your postal service this may be what you need to do.
For the record we’ll be voting In. Apart from all the other good reasons, this one. On the front of our passports it says European Union. This is really important, because many of the rights we have to live here (and the same is true of those living in the EU and some other countries) are predicated on agreements with the EU. Leave the EU, those agreements are at risk.
That said, the important thing here is democratic process, having the opportunity to vote.