A million of us marched yesterday. We were joyful, positive: demanding another vote on leaving the European Union.
Five million people have signed a petition calling for the government to call off leaving the European Union.
Actually, 4,986,549 signatures are on the petition as I write this.
There is clear contempt for the leaders of both major parties: Theresa May for the Tories and Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn.
But there is also a deep and terrible divide. There is real, and undeniable anger.
If we look at the petition as a guide, then while 5 million have signed, there is a vast gap between areas of the country.
In Bristol West, the constituency in which there is the highest backing for remaining in the EU, there is support from a staggering 34% of the entire electorate.
But at the other end of the scale, in Walsall North, the petition is backed by just 2% of voters.
Bristol West is rich, cosmopolitan and represented by Thangam Debbonaire, daughter of a Tamil father and white. She is Labour Party. Unemployment in the constituency is 2.3%.
Walsall North is in the heart of an area traditionally focussed on manufacturing which retains many mechanical and engineering jobs in its economy. Unemployment is well above the national average, at 5.3%.
Eddie Hughes, its Conservative MP, is the son of a bus driver, who did well after going to a local grammar school.
There is a sharp divide between these constituencies, their politics and the people who represent them. Uniting them will be hard indeed.
What nonsense! YES, clear contempt for the Tories & Mrs May but lumping Jeremy Corbyn in with those corrupt evil creatures is absolutely misguided. I never see any comments – either no one reads your emails or you censor the comments.