40 thoughts on “Signs Of Discontent

      1. bisted

        …think he nailed it in advance with his speculation on the availability of pumpkin lattes in the vicinity of Westminster on march day…

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            10 000 Britts rented rowboats in order to catch a glimpse of Napoleon so popular he was, the rental of which was the equivalent of a years rent

          2. The Old Boy

            I did run into the tail end of it on Piccadilly. It was a very large march. There were plenty of the sort who you might imagine had the Guardian folded under their arm, if you were looking for them. In a crowd of that size, an observer of any stripe can happily confirm their own biases about the sort of people in attendance.

  1. spudnick

    Used to think these were pretty funny, now not so sure. All the ‘high-larious’ signs seem to come out on the left-of-centre side, and they give the impression, maybe wrongly, that the people at the march care more about being seen to be terribly witty than about the cause. Unfortunately you need some anger, some non-ironic militancy for people to sit up and take notice of you.

    1. Ollie Cromwell

      This is correct.
      Rather than the large-scale disruption of the Poll Tax riots or the genuine working class protest of the water charges here this was a twee day out by a largely white,middle-class group delighting in their own brilliance at the condescending signs they came up with.
      It had the opposite effect of their intention and attracted widespread ridicule.
      And even those marching seemed to have a casual grasp on the facts.

      1. Ollie Cromwell

        More significant was the fact that not single Labour front-bencher or senior party politician either attended the march or tweeted in support of it.
        Fact is both main parties are committed to respecting the result of the referendum.Corbyn and McDonnell have been anti-EU as long as they’ve been MPs.
        Corbyn and McDonnell have been anti-EU as long as they’ve been MPs.
        There is no hope of a Loser’s Vote and these people had a jolly but completely wasted Saturday afternoon before rushing off to do a spot of shopping at Harvey Nicks.

        1. Brother Barnabas

          “not single Labour front-bencher or senior party politician either attended the march or tweeted in support of it.”

          i believe His Majesty Defender of the Faith Sadiq Khan was in attendance

          1. Ollie Cromwell

            As I said,SENIOR party politician.
            More people in London voted to Leave than voted for Khan who is,after all,merely a regional elected official.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            seniority and relevance are determined by the number of votes someone gets?

            2016 london mayoral election: sadiq khan, 1.3 million
            2012 london mayoral election: bumbling boris, 1 million

          3. Ollie Cromwell

            ” seniority and relevance are determined by the number of votes someone gets? ”

            Leave 17.4 million
            Remain 16.1 million

            The only vote that really counts in this situation.

    2. Ollie Cromwell

      Having said all that it would be remiss of me not to point out that yer man’s Banksy effort was really rather brilliant.

  2. Ollie Cromwell

    Meanwhile,in today’s #despitebrexit economic news ….

    A huge new contract means that Berliners will be driven around in British double decker buses from 2020 – despite Brexit taking place on 29th March 2019. BVG, the TFL of Berlin, has awarded British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis the contract to become the sole supplier of a new fleet of up to 430 new buses to power the new generation of above ground transport in the German capital.

    Blighty – always on hand to make sure the German’s run their buses on time.

    Marvellous,what ?

      1. Ollie Cromwell

        Chancellor Phillip Hammond has tax receipts in for the past year that are much higher than forecast indicating a robust British economy.
        Before the referendum in March 2016 the OBR forecast a £21bn deficit for 2018/19.
        After the referendum in Nov 2016 the forecast rose to £46bn.
        By 2018 Spring statement the forecast was still £37bn.
        Next Monday the Budget will reveal the OBT’s pre-referendum forecast was the most accurate.
        Given tax revenues are so much stronger than expected the economy could actually be doing better than the official numbers suggest right now.
        So no Brexit-induced collapse in public finances and the OBR once again left with red-faces for poor economic forecasting.

  3. Vanessa off the Telly

    Ah they’re brilliant

    they’re no Tin Foil Tap Hat mind

    but still good and loads of effort put in

      1. Vanessa off the Telly

        wha’ da’ Ol?
        is that that fancy stuff ye balding lads take to try n’ look good in cycling gear?

        decaff is about as woke as it gets in my gaff Ol

  4. Ollie Cromwell


    Politico has examined the racial makeup of the European Parliament, and found that there are just 17 non-white MEPs, out of 751, or just a little over 2%.
    And half of these non-white MEPs are British.
    The European Parliament is the only representative body within the EU, meaning the Union is set to halve its racial diversity representation in March this year when British MEPs lose their jobs. The EU likes to sneer at the UK, calling Brexit xenophobic, in reality the British 9% of seats made up some 50% of their racial diversity.


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