We had a successful mornings campaign on Saturday in Sevenoaks. We had about 12 members out with 2 large posters shown below, which were either side of our Brexitometer Board.
The NHS poster caused a reaction from certain leavers who flatly deny that the NHS will be sold off after Brexit, while NHS workers acknowledge that it is being sold off already.
Many passersby were interested in the factual information about voter registration and associated deadline and also the deadlines for Proxy and Postal Voting. As a result we handed out 3 or 4 hundred leaflets.
In the last month SSTIE has invited local political parties who are in favour of a People’s Vote to join with us in a Remain alliance and campaign together. As a result, we had visits to the stall in Sevenoaks from Kyle Marsh PPC for the LDs in Dartford and Helen Fiorini of the Labour Party. This cooperation will hopefully develop and will be invaluable going forward in the event of another Referendum.
These are politically turbulent times – nobody knows where we are going and people are both very concerned and aghast at the chaos that Mr Johnson and his cohort seem to be unleashing on the country.
Brexit is Breaking Britain and we need to for a way to fix it. So, on Saturday we asked shoppers in Sevenoaks Town whether they thought we needed to go ahead with No Deal, with May’s Deal, with Johnson’s Deal or whether we should Remain in Europe (which is of course the Deal that we have now).
Despite heavy rain at the start of our three hour slot, when the weather brightened up people were generally receptive to taking one of SSTIE’s leaflets about the European elections. A small number of people expressed a view that they wouldn’t be voting and one or two said they would vote for the Brexit Party. There was a greater number at the other end of the spectrum who were very keen to vote for a Remain-supporting party, and some who wanted to sign up to our group to help us campaign to Remain in the EU. The atmosphere was civilised and friendly, even with some of the committed Leavers who were happy to shake hands after an impassioned exchange of views. In general there was a positive attitude about voting in the European Parliament elections and a number of people indicated that they would be voting Change/Lib Dem/Green. There was a positive comment about the Lib Dems’ new slogan; and of course there was the usual mixture of bizarre comments.
It was half term and Sevenoaks was extremely quiet for a Saturday; our pitch was not great as with Tesco now closed the footfall at that point is very low and really very little more than those walking up or down the High Street. But our team of 11 was well spread out in other locations too.
On balance I would say a relatively pro-remain day – but then it was in Sevenoaks.