Educating people how evil the EU is and promoting by Internet Radio Station - RadioFreeUK
Suddenly my mate and fellow Brexiteer, Wayne, exclaimed "Look it's Caroline Lucas".
And indeed there she was, with a male associate having just passed our stall. Wayne addressed her, and the couple headed back towards our stall...
Wayne opened conversation and it appeared that there would be a discussion - Wayne is quite a debater and had been entertaining crowds all morning.
Now, I have some laminated sheets of posters/quotes - used as talking points when people stop to discuss the upcoming referendum and the issues around it, and one was a poster from GO Green (Greens for Grassroots Out) with a quote from Caroline and her picture - which I showed to Caroline...
To my amazement she grabbed the item and made off with it! I was a bit shocked, but someone said I shouldn't let her just take it, which, of course is quite correct.
So I gave chase, and explained "Excuse me I know you get everything on expenses, but I paid for that."
Caroline wasn't happy and initially refused to return it. I said she couldn't just steal my stuff.
I was told the quote was out of context, as the next sentence said the UK should stay in the EU to fix TTIP - now, not only is this untrue (see the end of this post for the original facebook quote), but that doesn't change the context of TTIP being a bad thing! I actually have another talking point from Jeremy Corbyn denouncing TTIP...
Eventually, after some discussion her male associate persuaded her to give it to him but not before she first tried to tear it up - however the lamination was too tough for simple tearing... He then offered to buy it from me so they could keep it, but I said I just wanted it back and took it.
Wayne suggested that in his experience it was likely that an attempt would be made to take the poster again - so it should not be left too vulnerable.
Later a group of remain supporting Greens approached and engaged Wayne at length on EU related issues - however he became a suspicious, picked up the talking point and held it close.
He told me the lead guy among the Green Remainiacs admitted he had planned to take the item, and subsequently made a mobile phone call to someone regarding it...
Now, I am just a normal, law abiding, middle class guy - and not used to this kind of behaviour among adults - but it has been suggested that future attempts may be made to remove the item... so I have made up a load more just in case!
It is a great talking point as it shows how much the EU has done on TTIP, at great expense to we taxpayers(!), without any reference to our elected representatives and how bad TTIP is.
As a talking point I also contrast this with Caroline Lucas's work as an MP in our UK parliament at Westminster, not only raising amendments, but presenting a bill to the house to retract some existing government legislation -- not something any MEP can do in the EU Parliament where only the unelected EU Commission can initiate legislation!
Why so upset? I can't help wondering about EU Parliamentary pensions... which are only paid to those who don't criticise the Commission...
I did an item on for my radio station - RadioFreeUK
And Storify'd this -