Tuesday, May 1, 2018
English local elections are scheduled for Thursday, and in the run-up to the vote these signs and photos have been appearing around West Hampstead.
They show dogs urging support for a "wooferendum" to stop Brexit.
There's nothing like pet-friendly humor to advance a political goal. As much as I'd like to put the brakes on Brexit, at first this seemed like too little too late. Isn't that decision already water under the bridge, or kibble down the gullet? If so many dogs are indeed Remainers, I wish they'd had their "wooferendum" back in the disastrous spring of 2016, along with the rest of Britain.
But specifically, the dogs want us to write our members of parliament and elect pro-E.U. candidates, as well as support "The People's Vote," a group pushing for a final public vote on the negotiated Brexit deal. (In effect, a second referendum.) I guess that's why they're stepping forward now. Better late than never, Fido.
(There are bound to be Leaver dogs, aren't there? English sheepdogs? Welsh terriers? I'd say Staffordshire terriers, but I'm pretty sure Olga is neutral on the Brexit question.)
There was an article about "wooferendum" in the newspaper, but puzzlingly, it didn't quote any human beings -- just a terrier named Lily. It's been a while since I've worked in journalism, but I'm pretty sure my editors would have pulled the plug on a story whose only named source was a dog.
But hey -- I like the pictures.