A Very British March

I’m back in Maynooth now after yesterday’s wonderful demonstration in London. Sources are claiming that about 1.4M people attended. I met filk from all round the country, many of whom had never been on a march before. It’s also worth saying according to the Metropolitan Police that there was not a single incident that they had to deal with.

I’m not very good in big crowds (to say the least) so I stood for a while a little distance from the main body of the demonstration as it assembled in Park Lane. I was astonished to see how many people were joining. It was certainly larger than the previous one, last year.

I eventually joined in when it started moving (very slowly). The people were very friendly and despite the numbers I didn’t get at all panicky. It struck me as being a quintessentially British demonstration, in that it was basically just some very nice polite people waiting politely in a very long queue..

The march was due to start at 12 noon but i didn’t get going until well after 2pm. I had to leave at 4pm, by which I had only got halfway along Piccadilly. Instead of going all the way to Parliament Square I headed back to my hotel, picked up the bag I had left there and took a packed tube to Heathrow. I made it just in time. The plane began boarding just as I ckeated the security checks.

I didn’t take many pictures of the march, but here are a few:

Hyde Park, the Statue of Achilles

Philosopher A. C. Grayling and I..

Beards against Brexit!

It was a wonderful experience to be in the company of so many extremely nice people and I was sad I couldn’t make it all the way to the end!

P. S. The petition on revoking Article 50 has reached almost reached 5 million signatures.

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2 Responses to “A Very British March”

  1. Anotn Garrett Says:

    Cosmologists reckon that a factor of 10 is acceptable error in their estimates, so it’s pretty good that the people present were probably about one-third of that number:

    https://www.wired.co.uk/article/brexit-march-peoples-vote-crowd-size

    • telescoper Says:

      It’s difficult even to define the number: lots of people were present who didn’t get to march and lots of people (myself included) left before the end. Including these could easily double the figure.

      The estimate in the Wired article doesn’t take into account the dense packing of people in Park Lane, which definitely made it impossible to march nor does it say what time the image was taken.

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