When the biggest ever parliamentary petition to revoke Article 50 already has just shy of five million signatures, more than 10 times the number who signed a petition to crash out without a deal, the government should wake up to the will of the people. Democracy is a rolling process of collective will. It’s always moving.
We need to press the pause button now, before Theresa May gets replaced by someone even more inept at detecting the temperature of the population.
We have been humiliated enough by our political representatives who can barely run themselves, let alone a divided country.
Divided as we may be, we are not as divided as we were.
There is now a clear majority who want to stay in the EU. If there’s a vote – in parliament or referendum – it should be between Remain and a Norway-style soft Brexit. There never were any other options that the people or parliament would support.
That petition proves nothing
I see that the online petition for a second Brexit referendum has now apparently garnered more than 4 million signatories.
Will someone please tell me when it reaches 17.4 million: then I might sit up and take notice.
Yesterday was my first time marching
I just completed my first ever march, and it was an amazing and uplifting experience.
I was once asked, was there anything I would march for? My reply was democracy. Thanks to The Independent and other organisers for giving so many of us (people from all over the UK and beyond, all ages, backgrounds and beliefs) the opportunity.
It was very good-natured; there was so much laughter and a real feeling of unity and shared purpose.
The UK definitely needs a bit more of that right now. The only unpleasantness I was aware of came from a bystander, who said something to the effect of “the protesters from the front are running down the side streets to join the back, that’s why it looks like there are so many”. A remark worthy of Andrea Leadsom herself!
So, as I’m still thinking in slogans, here are a few messages from the march, Theresa May:
“As a citizen of nowhere I want Blighty not Blighted.”
“Brexit – the impossible dream – is turning into a bit of nightmare.”
“Be woke: Revoke.”
Some Brexit advice
Decades ago, when learning woodwork, we received some sound advice from a retired cabinet maker: “Measure twice. Cut once.”
Surely this should especially apply to a situation like Brexit, where the first measurement was marginal and the consequences so far-reaching.
Delia Smith is right about Brexit and football
Thanks to Delia Smith for her marvellous football analogy yesterday. The individual and the group. It is of course just the same in music (my profession).
Whether it be string quartet, brass band or full symphony orchestra, the individual player is all-important. Just imagine that “tacet” bar marred by some overenthusiastic squeak from the back desk.
For the European Union to be great, we need Britain to be great, which can be achieved in the 21st century only by remaining in this essential club. Teamwork produces excellence. Give us a Final Say, politicians. Don’t deny us excellence.
That northwest riviera touch
I must say that on the day of the people’s vote march, Jeremy Corbyn, going to Morecambe was not wise.
Here’s to Rory Stewart
I always look for a positive in every situation and as someone who is decidedly not a Tory, I have to say that the prisons minister Rory Stewart is a breath of fresh air. Maybe it’s his experience as a diplomat that shines through.
When on a panel or being interviewed, he doesn’t directly challenge or disagree with others but quietly asks questions looking for common ground. Is this a man who could give lessons in how to negotiate and unify? I hope so.
I cannot imagine in years to come anyone wondering why “Mayday!” is the international distress call.