Unite for Europe march, London

Images from the Unite for Europe March in London, 25 March 2017 © Rudolf Abraham

100,000 people from all over Britain marching through the capital, and the BBC pretty much failed to cover it.

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Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march London photography brexit Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march London photography brexit Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march London photography brexit Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march London photography brexit Rudolf Abraham

Unite for Europe march, London (25 March 2017) © Rudolf Abraham

Stick that to your ‘the people are behind me’, Ms May.

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The Referendum – Vote Remain

logo_markProfile_Picture_Twit_BLUE So today Britain goes to vote on whether or not to remain part of the EU, in a referendum based on a mass of misleading propaganda, lies and political opportunism, along with xenophobic scaremongering, from the likes of Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

Not that I think my opinion here will really change anyone’s mind – but the fact that so many actually believe the lies from the Brexit camp is profoundly depressing. I don’t want my country to sleepwalk out of the EU, to become a more inward-looking little island with a weaker economy, a more xenophobic divided outlook, a lack of influence at the EU negotiating table, less security, a more polluted environment – and all based on false premises. In a post-Brexit world, Britain still would after all have the same, unelected House of Lords; immigration wouldn’t be reduced by Brexit as Boris and others have made clear by refusing to say otherwise – if it was the NHS and other services would be completely understaffed; that much-quoted (and false) 350million figure wouldn’t get pumped into the NHS and other services; we would still want to trade with Europe but there would be more red tape/tariffs; we would no longer automatically have the right to live, work and study in other EU countries; the Govt wouldn’t miraculously do everything/anything people wanted them to (anyone out there remember how many people came out and marched against going to war in Iraq…?).

And for what? We’re already outside the euro and the Schengen Zone, and like all other EU member states have the power to veto things like Turkey maybe-one-day-in-the-far-distant-future qualifying to join the EU (if that bothers people). The state of the NHS was not caused by immigration, it is dependent on immigration. It was an international NHS staff which delivered my daughter at Whipps Cross, and I will never forget their kindness and support. The fact that the NHS is struggling and there is a lack of school places and affordable housing has less or nothing to do with the EU and immigration, and more to do with underfunding in a post-recession UK caused by the financial crash. And we don’t have an ‘open border’ with mainland Europe, we have the English Channel between us FFS.

And as for that absurd Brexit mantra of ‘Take Back Control’…? As Boris/Farage are well aware, the UK is a sovereign nation, we are not ‘ruled’ by Brussels, we make our own laws. Yes some UK laws are driven by the EU, but the figure is somewhere between 14% and 50% depending on which laws are included in the estimate, and many of these are laws that anyone in their right mind would want anyway – employment rights for equal pay, parental leave, a cleaner environment (our seas and beaches are much cleaner than they were 30 years ago thanks to the EU). There is a big fat zero evidence that a post-Brexit UK government would somehow make ‘better’ laws. For example: the UK already has levels of air pollution above legal EU limits in many cities, resulting in ~40,000 early deaths a year. What does the UK government do about this of its own accord (it doesn’t need permission from Brussels to clean up its own environmental laws)? Bugger all. Instead, UK ministers actually lobby in Brussels against proposed EU laws aimed at introducing lower air pollution limits and halving the number of deaths from air pollution within 15 years. Nice.

So, in any case, I’ve voted for the UK to remain part of the EU. If you haven’t already voted, or are undecided – please don’t not vote, or be misled into voting to leave the EU by the myths peddled by the Brexit campaign, only for us all to wake up in a Britain that is all the poorer, in every sense.

https://www.ipsos-mori.com/researchpublications/researcharchive/3742/The-Perils-of-Perception-and-the-EU.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/10/brexit-would-increase-uks-air-pollution-crisis-say-experts?CMP=share_btn_fb
http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/21/sam-jacob-opinion-brexit-eu-referendum-false-nostalgia-architectural-heritage/
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/25/workers-rights-are-on-the-line-in-eu-referendum-warns-tuc
https://fullfact.org/europe/uk-law-what-proportion-influenced-eu/
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/0260242c-370b-11e6-9a05-82a9b15a8ee7.html#axzz4COuXXTwe
http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/a-journalist-has-shared-a-story-about-boris-johnson-that-completely-undermines-his-authority-on-the-eu–bkoHJPBuVZ

And in case you just need a good laugh:
http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/do-europeans-care-if-britain-leaves-eu-brexit-876
http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/a-blisteringly-good-argument-for-staying-in-the-eu-involving-union-jack-underpants–ZJat8YS44W

Boban & Marko Markovic

Serbian brass band the Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra, performing live at the Scala, London, UK (19 January 2014)
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The Lord Mayor’s Show

The Lord Mayor’s Show, London, UK (9 November 2013).
In a tradition stretching back almost 800 years and enshrined in a charter by King John, the Lord Mayor’s Show sees the new Lord Mayor of London travel across the City of London from Guildhall to Mansion House, Bank, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Courts of Justice – where he or she is required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Sovereign – before returning to Mansion House. The Mayor travels (in a supremely elaborate 18th century stately coach) with a procession stretching some three miles and including over 6,000 people, with hundreds of vehicles and floats. Fiona Woolf CBE, elected 686th Lord Mayor of London in 2013, is only the second woman to hold the post in its 800 year history, following in the footsteps of Mary Donaldson (Lord Mayor of London in 1983). The three images below were all taken in Guildhall Yard just before the procession. For more images click here.
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Ironbridge (2): Quaker cemetery

The Quaker cemetery in Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, UK. Ironbridge Gorge is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Stokesay

Stokesay Castle, one of the best preserved fortified medieval manor houses anywhere in Britain. Shropshire, UK. Pictured here, one of the striking and highly unusual wood carvings on the Gate House.
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Ironbridge (1): Tar tunnel

Tar tunnel in Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, UK. Ironbridge Gorge is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The so-called ‘tar tunnel’ dates from 1787, when miners attempting to dig a canal tunnel into the hillside (as part of the Coalport Canal) struck bitumen, which continues to ooze out of the tunnel’s brick walls over 200 years later.
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May Day Fair

May Day Fair in Lloyds Park, Walthamstow, London E17, UK (6 May 2013)
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Donna Maria’s Maypole Extravaganza
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Lilian Dalton, who was May Queen of the former borough of West Ham (now part of the London borough of Newham) over 80 years ago in 1931, watches the May Day Fair in Lloyds Park with her great granddaughter.
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Vaisakhi

The legendary Heera Group perform at the Vaisakhi Festival, Trafalgar Square, London, UK (5 May 2013). Vaisakhi is one of the most important days in the Sikh religion, and also marks the beginning of the New Year. Heera Group formed in 1980 and are one of the pioneers of British Bhangra music.
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Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies live at the Barbican, London, earlier tonight (Friday 25 January), performing songs from the four CDs that make up their ‘Nomad Series’.
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