Left to right: Jeff Kenner, Cllr. Juliet Short, Karla Adam, Griff Witte, Meg Gain and Jonathan Baker.
STRATFORD4EUROPE’S CAMPAIGN GOES GLOBAL!
When one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the USA, The Washington Post, the same paper that famously exposed the Watergate scandal, wants to do a news story on Brexit where do they go and who do they want to speak to? The answers: Stratford-upon-Avon, and Stratford4Europe.
On Thursday 16th March two journalists from the London Bureau of The Washington Post, Karla Adam and Griff Witte, travelled up to Stratford to conduct a Facebook Live interview with three members of Stratford4Europe. Why Stratford? Because it’s famous for Shakespeare; its in the heart of the country; and the way it voted in the referendum was exactly the same as the overall result for the country. Why Stratford4Europe? Because news of its campaign has now reached out to London and beyond.
The live interview took place appropriately enough in the garden of Shakespeare’s birthplace. Following an initial interview with Stratford-upon-Avon’s mayor, Cllr. Juliet Short, the three representing Stratford4Europe, Jeff Kenner, Meg Gain and Jonathan Baker, each argued a strong case for why Britain was better off leading, not leaving, the EU.
On being asked to choose one quotation from Shakespeare that summed up each individual’s feeling about Brexit, ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’ from Richard III was one that came most to mind, but ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears’ was considered appropriate for a campaign group aiming to spread its message across the whole of the Stratford District, and now it seems the whole world!
Jonathan Baker, Chair of Stratford4Europe said:
‘We were totally amazed but delighted that news of Stratford4Europe’s campaign had reached as far as The Washington Post! Interestingly, after the live recording was broadcast in the USA, many Americans put up comments that they couldn’t imagine why Britain would want to separate itself from the European Union. Perhaps there is a lesson here. After all, Americans have a proud history of their individual states working together in the best interests of everyone.’
The interview can be seen at www.facebook.com/washingtonpostworld/videos/10154662236724565/