St. James' Park underground station, London (Westminster Abbey/Broadway exit, opposite 40 Broadway)
Guided by David P.
|Day||Walk Type||Start Time||End Time|
|29 August 2020||Tour du Jour||10.45 am||12.45 pm||Summer|
Scene setter: Brexit is a world-historic turn. “The momentous events of 23 June 2016: changed all our lives; finished off another prime minister; split the country in two; left British politics in utter turmoil; The Dutch Prime Minister, not known for hyperbole, said ‘England has collapsed politically, monetarily, constitutionally and economically.’ Britain woke up on 24 June 2016 a divided nation. A country split between: young and old; rich and poor; north and south. The young, rich and parts of the south, particularly London, had voted ‘In’; the old, the angry and disadvantaged, and the north had voted ‘out’. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU; England and Wales opted for out.” Anything else? Only this: London is by far Europe’s richest city. London is by far Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. A third of its population was born overseas. A quarter are not even British. The 999 exchange needs translators in 150 languages. Immigration is London’s lifeblood. It has been since the days of Good Queen Bess.”
David P. – a well-connected former BBC journalist and, very recently, a London mayor – is the perfect guide for this walk. His January 31 (the day we “Brexited”) piece for Huffington Post about the historic turning point and how and why it came about – and how it “felt” for millions of us – is contemporary history (and journalism) at its best. You can read it here.
And here’s Huff Post’s profile of David.
And here’s David’s Crash Course on Brexit – in a podcast.
Brexit means walking takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, August 29. Meet David P. just outside the Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit (opposite 40 Broadway) of St. James’ Park Tube.