Much to my delight, the last steering committee meeting has taken place (apart from a "wash-up" get-together some time after the rally) and I can now describe the definitive arrangements for this Saturday's event.
We have Old Palace Yard from 12 to about 1.45 as at 2 o'clock there will be another demonstration there and the police has to juggle all the different people about. I may add that the police has been very helpful throughout the complicated discussions Bob Spink MP, the chairman of PRR (Pro-Referendum Rally) has been having with them.
So, please assemble at Old Palace Yard (see map), the lawn opposite Richard I and around George V, between 12 and 12.30 when we shall start going through the balloting procedure. I am delighted to say that the giant ballot box provided by one of the committee members will not be an inflatable one but a good solid one.
There will be two kinds of ballots - people voting for themselves (ballot papers are available from the PRR website but will also be available on the day) and people who will be representing constituencies and organizations. A number of MPs and MEPs have already voted on behalf of their constituencies, asking for a referendum. (Well, we have been told ad nauseam in the last few weeks that this is a representative democracy and the MPs represent their constituencies.)
At about 1 o'clock we shall have speeches from Roger Helmer MEP and Chairman of the Freedom Association, Nigel Farage MEP, Bob Spink MP, Neil Herron and Cllr Steve Radford, Chairman of the Liberal Party. There may be other, surprise, speakers.
We hope that as many people as possible will attend though there are local events going on in various parts of the country as well at the same time.
I am going to put a link up to the forum because I am aware of the fact that some people will want to ask various questions. However, I do hope that instead of whining, complaining and writing lengthy messages about this whole event being badly organized, absolute rubbish, not fit to be called eurosceptic or whatever else, we shall have descriptions of successful local events organized by said critics. I thank you.
48. NIGEL FARAGE MEP
Leader, United Kingdom Independence Party
Charismatic and unfailingly ebullient, Farage was seen as the man to take UKIP onto the next stage. Instead, he’s presided over a Party that has leaked members, is virtually bankrupt and failed in its stated aim to attract large numbers of Tories disaffected by Cameron’s soft approach to hard core issues.
If Farage was doing well, he’d be in the top thirty on this list.