When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come?
2018, to support Steve Bray.
Roughly how old are you?
How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?
Every week and I took holiday to attend big events, until lockdown.
How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?
About 60 miles away
What’s your favourite memory?
Loved meeting the diverse group of like-minded, tolerant, liberal, generous, outward looking activists. Also, the cake and Jon Snow asking me to be quiet whilst he was broadcasting, when I shouted “stop Brexit” in his direction, countless times on College Green.
Tell us your story
I spent a long time in the Army and witnessed the aftermath of some atrocities in Bosnia, such as exhuming the bodies of people had been murdered by nationalists. Those images and the hatred that existed in the country that that allowed such behaviour to become acceptable, will haunt me forever. As a society, we must never let such extremism, hatred and intolerance become acceptable.
Whilst I actively campaigned to Remain, I felt that I had not done enough. The conduct of the pro-Leave campaign both before and after the referendum disgusted me and I felt a duty to do more and try to reverse the result of the flawed vote. Politicians sought to divide the nation, falsely blame groups of people for problems that politicians had created and shift responsibility away from themselves. I could not leave this unchallenged.
Whilst I could not spend too much time at Westminster, I could monitor known trouble makers on the Internet. A small group of far-right activists were responsible for much of the disruption that was caused outside Parliament. I was able to help disrupt their plans and tried to keep people ‘on the front line’ safe.
We may not have won the battle, but we must win the war. Peace is too important to sacrifice for an inadequate and insignificant politician’s career aspirations.
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