We had a pretty exciting weekend with lots of street action. After the deluge of Friday night put paid to our efforts to do our customary Wood Street protest, we met on Saturday lunchtime in the town centre of Swindon, and to our amazement people were almost snatching the leaflets straight out of our hands!
People are really proud of our food, and our farmers – and that means on some level they’re really proud of our high European food standards. So, our sign talking about protecting our farmers and keeping food standards high got a number of nobs, grunts and even full words of approval.
Perhaps even better, this acted as a gateway to our leaflet, which was actually referring to how Boris, and the government, will try and blame COVID and Brexit for any problems with the economy, food and jobs. We handed loads out!
Perhaps the larger campaign is making a difference, if recent news is anything to go by!: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/01/uk-will-not-import-chlorinated-chicken-from-us-ministers-brexit
We also helped out at the Trade Union Council’s #DontStarveSwindonsKids protest outside on Wood Street. (https://www.facebook.com/swindontuc/posts/3500194663392231). I see ensuring our kids have food in their bellies as a progressive European value, so was happy to be here to mark our objection to the govt leaving too many without sufficient assistance over half-term. We have such great food in Europe: so it’s doubly important that everyone gets some!