Brian Haw

has died. After a decade of campaigning in Parliament Square he has lost his battle against lung cancer.

I remember asking him back in 2007, in the days after the Nelson Mandela statue went up in Parliament Square, whether he would like a statue erected in his memory. He smiled as thought about this. It was the only time I ever saw him smile.

‘I wouldn’t mind something,’ he said, ‘perhaps not a statue though.’

He busied himself with the cigarette he was rolling, finished and looked up.

‘What I’d like is a bed of forget-me-nots. Just here.’

He pointed behind him at the spot where he had camped for the last six years.

‘A bed of forget-me-nots would be just right.’

I couldn’t agreed more. How can we make it happen?

 

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