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Marching in London again 22 October 2019

I went along to the march on Saturday, again not because I think it will help, but because I'd have felt bad if I hadn't.

As before, we started at Piccadilly and waited at the top of St James's Street to enjoy the posters until we found a suitable place to join.

Then along St James's Street, Pall Mall, and Cockspur Street to Trafalgar Square.

We went on a little way into Whitehall, but it was very crowded and slow-moving, and we ducked out at Horse Guards Avenue rather than push on to Parliament Square.

I don't think it was quite as busy as the one in March; for example I never had any trouble getting a data connection on the phone, whereas then it was completely dead from the time we joined. (On the other hand a friend lost data completely for several hours.) When the rain started, I think a lot of people took shelter, which gave the media a chance to photograph relatively empty streets rather than the solid mass of people that would have been more representative. Still, there was talk of a million or so.

As last time, the police presence was very light; a few vans in Trafalgar Square, and probably some more in Parliament Square, but the few police I saw were mostly chatting with marchers. They know which side in this debate breaks heads and sets fire to things.

Then on to a pub breakfast.

On the way home, I heard an actual Inspector Sands announcement at King's Cross. I thought they'd stopped using that phrase because it was so widely known.

A new failure mode for in-train annunciators. (All of them in the carriage were showing the same thing, but the refresh rate made even this one difficult to photograph.)

  1. Posted by Ashley R Pollard at 12:04pm on 22 October 2019

    Like you we went to feel we did something though I suspect the end result will not be swayed.

  2. Posted by Michael Cule at 03:17pm on 22 October 2019

    Ioday's xkcd is relevant:

  3. Posted by RogerBW at 03:39pm on 22 October 2019

    Most likely outcome in the bright libertarian future: Narniaburgers.

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