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An opportunity to engage people

Issue No. 1958a

Running into Leeds train station at 6.30am it became clear that this was going to be big. Reams of white cotton and a few hundred faces I didn’t recognise told me that.

Tidal, the church coalition that had coordinated our two vintage trains had issued a half-hearted warning that “non-Tidal literature cannot be distributed on the train”.

This posed a bit of a problem, considering that we had brought several laundry bags of Respect newsletters and leaflets promoting Leeds Stop the War Coalition events.

But by the time we crossed the Scottish border half the train was digesting Respect news. It was a real learning experience to be around church leaders and congregations who in many cases had only ever viewed Respect as a fringe group.

For the first time they were learning about Britain’s newest political party. Good intentions and sincere hopes met with progressive thought and practical methods for change.

MPH in Edinburgh presents an opportunity to provide alternatives and engage in debate with people that are becoming increasingly aware of the failures of the system. It’s up to each one of us now to meet them on their terms.

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Sun 3 Jul 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1958a
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