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heleninwales
An unexpected trip away
Tomorrow we are off on a short city break in London. This trip has been planned for a while, but last weekend we went down to South Wales having decided at short notice to join one of the Pro-EU marches that were taking place all over the country.

Cryfach yn Ewrop / Stronger in Europe

The words on the back of the green t-shirt say: "Wales is stronger in Europe" in Welsh.

G and I have never previously been particularly political, though we always vote, even in local and EU elections. However, the whole fiasco of the July referendum has made us realise how important it is for Wales to remain in the EU, or, if not actually part of it, maintaining very close ties. So we went and we took part in our very first protest march! Considering how awful the weather was, the turnout wasn't too bad and it was on the TV news that night.

Pro-EU march, Cardiff

Unfortunately, the police wouldn't let us march. The organisers (a couple of very enterprising young students) said that they had been told it was because they hadn't filled in the right form, though previously just an email notification had been enough. However, there was a huge event on at the Principality Stadium, so I suspect the police were a bit stretched and thus said no. However, it was heartening to see people turning out, despite the torrential rain and it's good to know that not everyone is just rolling over and regarding Brexit as a done deal. For all its failings, the EU does seem to try to help the poorer regions and it's also better at supporting minority languages and cultures. The Westminster government seem to regard Wales as a county of England (the Tories) or an unquestioning source of working class votes (Labour). They'll happily spend billions on London and grudge the odd million spent on Wales.
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seaivy From: seaivy Date: September 11th, 2016 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go You!!!!!
: )
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 11th, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're getting more radical in our old age!
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: September 11th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is heartening to hear that there's such a strength of feeling there in favour of the EU. I hope Westminster is listening.

Unfortunately, the police wouldn't let us march... It seems to be getting harder and harder to get permission to march. At least the police didn't kettle you!



heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 11th, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even though the march didn't actually happen, we gathered in the centre of Cardiff and a few people spoke. We did feel reassured that others do still feel strongly about the issue and that Brexit is by no means a done deal. Other marches in other cities were also much larger.
From: cmcmck Date: September 11th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your first protest march?

What kept you? :o)

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 11th, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Various things, such as having kids, running our own business and unable to take time away, needing to keep my job, and distance to the places where protests take place. Now we're retired and the children are grown up, most of these things no longer apply and we have the freedom to be more politically active.
From: cmcmck Date: September 12th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is always that of course.

I've been a lifelong little troublemaker- even when working, I was the union rep! :o)
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: September 11th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done! Nothing to lose and everything to gain, especailly for our grandchildren.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 20th, 2016 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly! Actually, one grandchild will remain European, regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU. Her father is Irish and she has dual Irish/British nationality. But I honestly believe that Brussels has a better attitude to the regions than Westminster does. All they care about is London, and only the rich parts of London at that!
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