Saturday’s People’s Vote March was a remarkable event in many respects. The organisers claimed that a million people attended. No-one could possibly have counted but it was densely crowded throughout; for a long time it was impossible to move and we made very slow progress.
Together with my friends and family I arrived in Park Lane just before noon. There were so many people and we did not move at all for two hours before getting to St. James’s Street at 1600. At this point the remaining 70 year olds in our group peeled off exhausted. For the benefit of my friends in North Norfolk Momentum may I emphasise that we finished just outside James Lock & Co., where I buy my hats, and Berry Brothers which sells very good champagne. Perhaps this could be noted at the next meeting.
If sheer numbers was one remarkable feature of the march a second was its good nature and cheerful spirits, despite the enormity of the challenge ahead. There were no stewards and need for them; the only hostility I witnessed was from a taxi driver who shouted abuse at my wife. There was just one seller of an indigestible Trotskyist newspaper in evidence and he looked like an exhibit in a museum.
The third feature was the nature of the participants. All age and ethnic groups were in evidence and it evidently cut way across the traditional party political divides. Without any planning, an informal competition for the wittiest placard seems to have taken place. On today’s Labour List blog site Sienna (!) refers to ‘embarrassingly twee protest signs reeking of privilege’. I thought they were jolly funny. I 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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