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In which we turn political and go on a march
I never planned to turn into a political activist in my old age, but Brexit happened and suddenly politics seemed desperately important. Anyway, we went on our first actual protest march last Saturday. The March for Europe attracted between 50-60 thousand people and it was very heartening to be with so many people who also feel that the country has chosen to do a very stupid thing and the Tory government are making things even worse by being incompetent about it.

People have travelled from all over the UK and I was surprised that it was mostly older people on the march. I'd expected to stand out amongst a sea of youngsters, but despite everyone accusing the old people of voting Leave and thus robbing the young of a better future, there are certainly lots of us old people who are passionate about remaining European.

Here we are waiting for the march to start.Waiting to march

Far from being simple as the Leave campaign promise, Brexit has turned out to be as difficult as balancing an elephant on its trunk. Better to abandon it now!

Easier to balance an elephant!

I have no idea what the rather odd statue is supposed to represent!

There was quite a large Welsh contingent, though we didn't actually get to speak to them.

Welsh flag

Wales for Europe

Everyone made lots of noise as we passed Downing Street. It was particularly satisfying to shout, "May out! May out!" as we marched by.

Downing Street

This chap has an ambitious plan if Brexit goes wrong! :)

Escape to Mars

There were lots of splendid EU hats on display. I'm going to make one for the next protest in Manchester on 1 October which we're planning to attend. Not like this, just a blue beanie with some yellow stars. I bought the yarn yesterday.

EU hat
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seaivy From: seaivy Date: September 14th, 2017 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
is there any chance of reversing Brexit?
we are stuck with our "mistake" for four years
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 15th, 2017 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know. In the worst case scenario, Brexit will happen, the economy will crash, the Conservatives will be destroyed as everyone blames them, Labour will turn out to be no better at getting the country out of the mess they helped created and it will take a generation to turn things round and ask to rejoin the EU again.

There are possible ways out, but the current Tory government seems incapable of taking any of them and the Labour opposition seem unable to do any actual opposing. :(
veronica_milvus From: veronica_milvus Date: September 15th, 2017 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. Check facebook or twitter for Wolchover Action.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 19th, 2017 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for that. It looks complicated and we're away for a couple of days now and will be without internet, but I'll have another look when I get back.
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: September 14th, 2017 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it wonderful to be surrounded by passionate people of a like mind? That's how I felt at the Women's March in January. Very energizing and uplifting. I like the hat, too. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 15th, 2017 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
It was indeed lovely to see so many people who cared enough to travel and to march. There were many excellent hats, but I'm just making a blue beanie type hat and I'll put some yellow felt stars on it.
veronica_milvus From: veronica_milvus Date: September 14th, 2017 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was also there on Saturday! Glad you managed to get there! I'll be going to Manchester on 1st October.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 15th, 2017 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I didn't know you would be there! It was great, wasn't it?

We are planning to go to Manchester for the 1st of October protest too.
veronica_milvus From: veronica_milvus Date: September 15th, 2017 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
There doesn't seem to be a train that will get me there early enough so I'm driving over and getting a park and ride from somewhere or other.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 16th, 2017 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have the same problem, so the plan is to stay in the Travelodge in Shrewsbury on Saturday night and then there are trains that will get us to Manchester in good time. Getting back is fine though.
tx_cronopio From: tx_cronopio Date: September 14th, 2017 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good for you!

Honestly, I think in both the UK and the US, many of us who thought our protesting days were long behind us are now protesting again -- because what else can we do???
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 15th, 2017 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I never actually did any protesting in my youth due to having kids early and living a long way from the places that protest happen.

Now, at last, we have the time and enough money to travel so I feel we need to do it because our grown up children are too busy and stressed with work and their own kids to be able to go on marches.
karinfromnosund From: karinfromnosund Date: September 14th, 2017 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's an impressive crowd.

I'm actually following Brexit (from afar), with some curiosity. I want to know how it ends. I don't envy the British their part in it, though.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 15th, 2017 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
It's madness. Until people like Nigel Farage whipped up all the nationalist feelings, most British people didn't feel very strongly either way about Europe. But there have been decades of tabloid headlines blaming the EU for stuff that was actually down to the government and now, what started as a split in the Tory part, has seriously divided the country.
veronica_milvus From: veronica_milvus Date: September 15th, 2017 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Helen I would be very happy for any of your anti-Brexit friends to friend me here on LJ.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: September 16th, 2017 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid that most of my anti-Brexit friends have decamped to Facebook where I'm spending more time than I would like, but it's where the discussions are happening. :(

This is partly why I've not been posting here as much as I used to, but I want to remedy that.
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