Politics by Other Means

Enjoying a post-lunch ice cream with the other half in Bigtown yesterday we were startled to encounter what sounded like a Brexit Party rally on the High Street, complete with cheering at Nigel Farage’s name and pantomime-style booing at Nicola Sturgeon’s. Closer inspection (but not too close) revealed that this was in fact a recording, and the actual Brexit Party stall was three balding men handing out flyers while the entire town resolutely ignored them and got on with their lunchtime shopping.* I know not everyone who reads this is a remainer, but the whole setup was strange and actually pretty obnoxious – it’s the first time ever that I’d wished the guy who busks with his bagpipes further up the high street was a) louder and b) closer.

A short time later, I found myself heading into Bigtown again for a very different kind of political gathering which started, for reasons which made perfect sense at the time, with the police being invited to take their kit off if they wanted to remain (they made their excuses and left). I decided by the end that, while I wish them well, I’m probably not cut out to be an eco-warrior – the warrior part I could manage, but the meetings part may need some work, at least as far as the Bigtown chapter goes. On the other hand, it was a lovely day and an even lovelier evening and so two trips to Bigtown in one day was no hardship.

ash tree

Fortunately tomorrow we also all have an opportunity to do politics by traditional means – I hope everyone who can, whatever their opinions, will be getting themselves down to the polling station to vote.

vote by bike

Bonus points for getting there by bike

* I gather that later on there were some full and frank exchanges of views.

6 Responses to Politics by Other Means

  1. Charles says:

    Politeness is the key here. I voted Brexit and I have been convulsed with joy at the politicians who have been caught out by saying one thing and then doing another. I do not regard the people who disagree with me as idiots, I would quite like it if the people who disagree with me would return the compliment.

    Obviously as a BREXITEER I have two degrees and spent my entire working life working with clients based overseas. By the way Apple has but the B word in caps not me. I will now type remainer and it does not come up in caps. Obviously this means that Apple is a Brexit organisation. Oy vey.

  2. cyclopaul says:

    Sadly (?) my polling station is too close to bother with cycling too, although I may do so just to make a point.

    BTW, I love the fact your blog has a category called “off topic”

  3. disgruntled says:

    @Charles – I hope I’m also polite, although these days I spend very little time arguing with people who disagree with me.
    @cyclopaul – heh. A hangover from when the blog had an actual topic.

  4. welshcyclist says:

    I’d just like to know what model/make that bike is and where you got those butterfly handlebar? Politics just doesn’t interest me anymore. MPs are just self serving individuals, while their lordships are just the same, and both sets are completely out of touch with the rest of us. They live in a bubble which they constantly update and protect from us, the hoi polio, or as I recall Prince Charles said of a reporter,” that odious little man”. How did he get away with that? Probably something to do with being of the privileged class, which apparently doesn’t exist anymore. I told you I wasn’t interested didn’t I? Cheers.

  5. disgruntled says:

    My bike was built up from an old steel frame by Common Wheel, who also added the handlebars. Highly recommended!

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