Once again, I marched on Saturday to demand a People’s Vote and this time it was bigger than ever – over 700,000 people from all over the country met up and walked and chanted side by side and the centre of London ground to a halt because of the mass of people. Led by young people whose voices were ignored two years ago, but lots of oldies too and the very firm, but peaceful message was “it’s democratic to change one’s mind” so please listen to us – we are demanding the right to vote again. After almost 30 months of negotiations we remain clueless as to what we are going to get out of it and I for one have lost all interest in the detail. It’s just a huge mess and surely, in an advanced democracy like ours, we have the right to change our mind after all this time of uncertainty and reflection. None of us voted for this epic disaster that we are shuffling towards so I seriously think it’s time to demand a reconsideration of the facts in a second referendum. Letting the people decide looks to me like the only way forward now and would be a fair and reasonable response to a constitutional impasse and growing public demand for a new vote.
Here are a few of the photos I took from yesterday:-
Not everyone believes that we need to make a stand against such a radical decision about the future against the explicit wishes of the young, but there are enough of us that do and if we were buying a house we’d have reconsidered our offer by now, so it’s time to start taking some action – it’s not too late to change the outcome, despite what many people say. Since the referendum over two years ago, there have been huge changes in the world and when the world changes, people’s views very often change too. We have a new landscape and we also now have many new 18 year old’s who didn’t get the chance to vote last time. The polls are beginning to show a sharp increase in people having “misgivings” about it, despite thinking that nothing can be done as we are too far gone.
The only thing to predict is unpredictability for 2018 despite what anyone says, because nobody knows the answers. The biggest risk for Britain this year is Brexit – the economy is in a “calm before the storm” scenario and if we don’t get a transitional period agreed after we formerly leave the EU, we will have no deal. Negotiations are moving incredibly slowly, not helped by the massive woefully misjudged delay that Teresa May caused by deciding to call another election. The government are making a spectacular mess of the negotiations and humiliating themselves in the process by all the internal arguments and back stabbing.
More than 70% of the 18-24 year olds voted to remain in the EU and thus far Teresa May has made no attempt whatsoever to reach out to them.
62% of 25-34 year olds voted to remain in the EU and thus far Teresa May has made no attempt whatsoever to reach out to them.
52% of 35-44 year olds voted to remain in the EU and thus far Teresa May has made no attempt whatsoever to reach out to them.
Ultimately we didn’t know what we were voting for and surely it is a denial of democracy if we were sold on a pack of lies and irresponsible if the government is not going to allow the people to have another say, now they know more of the facts.
Were you there?