Posted on 07/03/2021Comments Off on KEVIN DOWN

When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come? 

 Summer 2018

Roughly how old are you?


How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?

I used all my leave going to SODEM through the end of 2018 to pre-GE 2019.

How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?

50 miles.

What’s your favourite memory?

Impossible to answer.  There were so many favourite moments.  But I guess when we won some of the votes in the HoC.

Tell me your story

In 2016 I was stunned by the result. I was depressed for weeks.  That turned to anger as it became more obvious that the leavers were lied to, and we were cheated.  By mid 2017 I was already wanting to do more.  Then I saw Steve’s lone vigil outside the HoC.  I admired his dedication.  As time went by, it became obvious that Steve’s vigil had grown, and by early Summer 2018 I decided I wanted to be part of his protest.  I joined him at SODEM in 2018, though I don’t  think I was noticed. I didn’t  have flags then.   

I joined the Remain/Peoples vote groups and marches.  I joined open Britain and started campaigning for a Peoples Vote on local Open Britain stalls.  I got flags and joined Steve at Palace Yard at least once a week, and sometimes twice from 10:00 until after 18:00, sometimes even later.  This went on until I used all my leave.  Unfortunately, I seemed to attract media with my mega flag stack so I couldn’t afford to pull a sicky, as I would have been spotted on TV news.  I did, however, make all the key votes and many of the special days.  

I remember getting wet and white.  But most of all I remember the friendship from people I only knew through the campaign.  You all meant a lot to me and I’ll cherish those memories.  We were what made Britain great.  We were the thorn in leavers behind.  We won the argument, our politicians let us down.

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