So it is conference season which means the remain movement is indeed moving. After a showing of five thousand in Liverpool, the Conservative Conference in Birmingham is now the focus of those wishing to change hearts and minds. One of the most prominent groups of the movement, Steven Bray‘s SODEM were praised in Liverpool by Steven Hallam for their support which he said gave MPs the confidence to do the right thing. Both SODEM and The Vigil are in Birmingham this weekend.
The feeling from the floor in Liverpool was very much pro remain – the 2 minute standing ovationn Starmer received at the mention of a people‘s vote was heart warming to those of us fighting for a means to push the country away from the cliff edge, although that warm fuzzy sensation was quickly replaced by the all too familiar feeling that Labour is trying to be all things to all people. If Labour could decide to be one or the other it would at least help those who priortise opposing Brexit above party politics. The lack of clarity from Labour is a threat to democracy as it means that votes cast for them can be misconstrued - as they were in the last election where remainers organised vote swaps in order to achieve a hung parliament, only to have politicians spinning that as 80% of voters voting for Brexit.
The Conservative conference is looking as though it is going to be one long combatative howl to leave the EU. Not only have the group Conservatives for EU been excluded from the conference (they have made alternative arrangements), remainers who booked tickets to see Reece Mogg talk have had their tickets rescinded. After May‘s appearance in front of Number 10 where she stared into the barrel of the TV camera with faux defiance I suspect we need to gird ourselves against further Brexit buffoonary from the Eton Mass Debating society.
People‘s vote and Marches
The 29th sees further People‘s Votes stalls with the ubiquitous Brexitometers which have been appearing up and down the country showing an incredibly clear result in favour of returning the vote to the people to decide on a deal, no deal, remain outcome to the tragedy that passes for EU talks.
The 20th of October is the People‘s vote march and busses are being organised by various remainer Local Groups up and down the country – so if you want to travel with fellow remainers find your local group and join it! Or follow this link!
The Wooferendum is also coming up on the 7th of October, so man‘s best friends can defend their rights to pet Passports, and do their best to help save the UK from Brexit. (It is also an opportunity for lots of dog related puns.)
The film Postcards from the 48% is still touring the country and is due to arrive in Reading soon. This film has helped swell the ranks of #remainernow, especially as it filters out the white noise of leave lies and presents the facts of Brexit in glorious British sunshine.
WorldWide Wednesday will be celebrating the German day of Unity in Liverpool, so if you are around on the 3rd of October you can go along and join in
Crowdfunders and petitions
There are a couple of busses wanting to tour the country as a clean up operation after their fascist spewing of garbage. Kate Hoey who accompanied Farage had a pop at university lecturers once again, possiby forgetting that students nowadays are so busy being crippled by debt that they don‘t have time to notice the funding that the European Unioon puts into Unis to finance research that keeps the UK at the cutting edge of science and technology, or the grants for studying abroad, let alone attend the (non-existent) EU brainwashing classes that apparently take place there. The clean up operations are called Is It Worth It and Brexit Breaks Britain, and they both need your support.
The Is It Worth it? Bus tour did excellent work last year despite adverse conditions – getting some excellent press coverage, travelling around the country and sought to engage Leavers in open and honest debate while inspiring the grass roots to get active and involved
The Youth Effort is run by Jack Dart under the title of Brexit Breaks Britain. If you wish to support that follow this link.
The Final Say petition would be very happy to receive your suppport to reach one million signatures. (Go on, it‘ll annoy all the right people!)