The joy of demonstrating

At one point, I was not marching so much as shuffling, the crowd was so densely packed.

At another, I could enjoy the dancing and the costumes.

I marched with an Irishman, and there were Irish tricolours about. One good thing to come from a hard Brexit might be the reunification of Ireland.

I took this, a statue called “Flight”, as a deliberately arty shot. I had to sit on the ground, and the woman with the placard good-naturedly held it up, but I did not quite get the placard to appear in the sculpture’s hand.

I was uncomfortable, marching from about 12 at Oxford Circus tube until about 5 at Waterloo. I coughed till my back muscles ached. Domi brought along lots of sandwiches. She has also had to get six months’ supply of insulin, as she does not want to die of Brexit. She has dual nationality so will be able to remain in the UK, and retain freedom of movement.

On Sunday morning I felt low, as did H, who had put me up Friday and Saturday nights and gone ahead on the march. But, there were a million of us, and the videos from the helicopter are inspiring- they cannot just ignore us. Those of us who wish to Remain in the EU will be encouraged, and that includes MPs. I feel my morale improving. We have done something worthwhile.

4 thoughts on “The joy of demonstrating

  1. As much as I think there will be a few politicians taking note, hoping to hang their rising stars to the right wagons I do not think that Theresa May will be among them, she is far too thrawn for that. Although it saddens me that I feel this way I am also hoping for an independent Scotland and Ireland (and Wales if they want it) as I think the United Kingdom is most definitely not United any more. Perhaps then more equal and stable partnerships could be formed into a true union. Worrying times! I am glad you were able to attend the march, the drone footage looked incredible.

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    • Mrs May’s career is over. She might not even get a contract for her memoirs. I would love for Scotland to unite with a united Ireland, possibly Wales too, but think it unlikely: the problem is what the economists call “Gravity”, again. That is, an economy trades most with its nearest neighbours. The UK needs to trade with France, Germany and the rest of the EU, but Scotland needs to trade with England.

      People were already going back to their buses in Park Lane before we managed to reach Parliament Square, the crush was so great.

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