Saturday, February 10, 2007
The Parliament Square peace protestor, Brian Haw, who, recently won his latest battle to maintain his 6-year long protest in Parliament Square, has won an award for the Most Inspiring Political Figure, hosted by UK Tv Channel4, and in association with the Hansard Society. The award ceremony was held on 7 February, and will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 7pm on Saturday 10 February, and repeated on 13 February. By all accounts, Brian gave a rousing acceptance speech before the invited audience of Members of Parliament, Peers and journalists.
Brian, who received 54 per cent of all votes cast by the public, said, "I would like to say a warm thank you to everyone who voted for me. This is a vote against this government's killing, maiming, torture, stealing. Its a vote for the children of Iraq and Afghanistan, for all our children - our future. For truth, justice, peace and democracy for all."
The head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, came second with 18 per cent. General Dannatt said recently that troops should be withdrawn from Iraq. The only two political nominees for the award, Tony Blair and David Cameron, gained only eight and six per cent of the vote. Aishah Azmi and the Archbishop of York were also among those nominated.
NOTES from Parliament Square Peace Campaign
Brian Haw has been protesting opposite Parliament since 2nd June 2001. Initially he was campaigning against the economic sanctions on Iraq and the bombing of the country by the US and UK. After 11 September 2001, he widened his focus, directing his messages of peace against the 'war on terror' and the terror that the US and UK have inflicted on Afghanistan and Iraq. Brian has been the subject of many attempts by various authorities to remove him and his display, including the introduction of a new law in 2005 banning unauthorised demonstrations near Parliament. Despite this, and the removal of most of his display by the police in May 2006, he continues his vigil for peace and justice. In January 2007 his dismantled display was meticulously reconstructed for an exhibition by the artist Mark Wallinger at Tate Britain.
PARLIAMENT SQUARE PEACE CAMPAIGN IN THE MEDIA
Brian Haw on You Tube: Video results for 'Brian Haw'
Brian Haw has been immortalised in the C4 drama, 'The Trial of Tony Blair'