There are times when other people can say what you want to say better than you can. Yesterday I travelled down from Norfolk for Saturday’s Peoples Vote Demonstration. I am glad I marched – together with one of my oldest friends, one of my sons, his wife, and two of my grand-children. I was there. However, it was Will Hutton, in an excellent Observer opinion piece today , who captured where we are and where we must go: it was headlined: “We marched for a People’s vote with hope but few expectations. Yet history will side with us”. Too true.
In his piece Will Hutton said, first looking at how we got to where we are:
British democracy has mutated from an arena where those with a different hierarchy of values try to deploy the best argument into faith-based politics – matched on the left by the ultras around Corbyn, the complement to the Tory Spartans. For them, the greater issue is not to win a general election with an attractive, broad-based Labour party. Instead, it is to retain control of the party as a Corbynite tribune in the wake of what promises to be a devastating defeat.
And how we might recover:
The searing lived experience of economic closure, the splitting off of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the diminution of a once great country will change minds – and give a younger generation of politicians the powerful inner conviction to combine reason and passion. Some spoke yesterday. Britain will one day again make common cause with friends and allies in Europe – we millions who marched are not going away.
I saw a lot of those younger generation – together with many of an older generation who are still positive in their outlook on life – on that march yesterday. They are concerned, determined and clever – as their banners testify. I will therefore conclude this short blog with a selection of the best compiled by my friend Jono Read of The New European; the full set is available on the site at
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