The new Mebyon Kernow candidate for Falmouth, Ayesha Wilson, gives us an insight into the Anti Austerity March, that took place last Saturday, 20th June, in London.
“As we set off at 04h20-ish Saturday morning and having not slept a wink at all the previous evening, I had no idea of what to expect from my venture to London.
Here I was, one of many, off to represent our beloved Cornwall in a mass anti-austerity demonstration, armed with my St. Piran’s flag attached to a clothes prop! I felt like I was going into battle, a battle to get our voice heard.
As our little patriotic bunch, erupted into chants of “Oggy Oggy Oggy!!” whilst joining up with the other blocs, I felt an enormous sense of pride and elation amongst the sea of black and white engulfing me.
The Cornish were here, we will not be forgotten, nor will we be held prisoner by the chains of Westminster. We were making ourselves heard. Along with 1/4 million other voices who were outraged and angered about the devastating effects the Tory rule was having on ordinary people.
I saw disabled people, elderly people, children, black, white, Asian people, each with their own story written on their faces.
We were representative of the 64% who did not agree to Tory devastation sweeping across the UK via an outdated, unfair voting system.
After the lengthy March As we gathered opposite Westminster abbey, listening to the various speeches, I felt an enormous sense of achievement that I can’t express into words.
The Cornish had come to London, just like Michael Joseph An Gof and Thomas Flamank from St Keverne in 1497. It was a true privilege for me to represent you Kernow, I am honoured to have been given the opportunity.”
Ayesha finished “I’m South African born, British father, South African mother, emigrated to Britain when I was 17. I have a keen interest in nature and the environment and the future of our planet. I became interested in politics after moving to Cornwall and learning about Cornish history and the effects an Anglo-led government was having on her future. I am currently a Mebyon Kernow candidate in the Falmouth by election for the Penwerris ward.”