With the EU Referendum being held on Thursday June 23rd there are now just two more full weeks of campaigning before the residents of Penarth have to decide how to vote or – as some might say – whether to liberate their country.
Victoria Road in Penarth is one of the streets in the town where it seems that even the Queen’s forthcoming 90th birthday celebrations have somehow been amalgamated into the Vote Leave campaign’s patriotic message .
If that’s the case, the 21-gun-salute due to be fired outside the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay (generally in the direction of Penarth) on June 7th at 11:00 may be seen by some to have some special significance. (It will last for three and a half minutes and marks the re-opening by the Queen of the National Assembly) . For those who miss it there’ll be another one on Saturday June 11th.
In Cardiff yesterday Jeremy Corbyn delivered a speech loosely in support of “Remain” at Cardiff City Hall which made no substantial reference to the “elephant-in-the-room” hot-button issue of the E.U Referendum – immigration.
Meanwhile six former leaders of the Labour Party – Lord Kinnock ( a former Vice President of the European Commission) , Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband and ex-acting leaders Harriet Harman and Margaret Beckett, have issued a joint statement pleading with reluctant Labour voters to turn out and vote on June 23rd .
Meanwhile those Penarth residents who have been waiting to hear how Stephen Doughty (Labour MP Cardiff South and Penarth) is planning to vote before making up their own minds – the waiting is over . In a Twitter message Doughty has declared he will be voting “remain”.