Monday was Yorkshire Day! It is a day to celebrate everything about Yorkshire – whether you were born there, live there or work there.
As part of the ‘celebrations’ I joined members of the Yorkshire Party were out and about across the county making the point that Yorkshire currently has no real voice. Unlike Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London, Yorkshire is beholden to Westminster for everything. If we want flood defences, if we want to improve our transport infrastructure, if we want to improve the life chances of our young people, we have to go cap in hand to our masters in Westminster and Whitehall.
To make this point, a number of us ‘gagged’ a number of prominent statues across the county and hung the message “Where is Yorkshire’s Voice?”. The Yorkshire Party are calling for a Yorkshire Parliament which has powers similar to the Scottish Parliament. Slowly but surely, people are waking up to the need for this and its importance for the future of Yorkshire.
I myself was busy in Barnsley ‘gagging’ Dickie Bird. With the aid of my step-ladders I managed to circumvent his 5 foot plinth. I’d like to point out that in no way did I damage Dickie and was incredibly careful and respectful towards him at all times. I did remove the gag and notice after taking some pics and making the point.
I also hand delivered a white rose to Sir Steve Houghton, leader of Barnsley council and supporter in chief of the micky-mouse devolution proposal through the Sheffield City Region – and almost certainly Labours candidate for mayor of the region when this post comes into effect next year. Apparently he did receive it!