The gathering at Katowice
A call for a new political reality in the regions has been made by Yorkshire Party Deputy Leader Chris Whitwood.
Chris spoke of the desire for the regions to have a clear voice and the powers to shape their own futures, when he addressed the annual March for Autonomy in Katowice, Upper Silesia, south-west Poland.
“In these turbulent times, it is easy to be pessimistic. It would be easy to say modern politics has failed – in many ways it has.
“The waves of discontent that have swept not just Europe but many parts of the world are evidence of this.
“The very challenges that threaten the political world also present outward-looking, democratic, progressive parties with an opportunity: an opportunity to build a new political reality, where regions in Europe and across the world have a clear voice and the powers to shape our own futures.
“It is our duty to ensure that Yorkshire and Silesia take a leading role on the international stage in, fearlessly, realising this vision.”
Chris was invited to address the gathering outside the Silesian Parliament of several thousand people at the event organised by the Silesian Autonomy Movement and Silesian Regional Party.
He told the audience: “Like Silesia, Yorkshire was once the industrial powerhouse of our nation but in recent decades has been neglected by central government in London. Yorkshire has now fallen behind much of the rest of the country.
“But your success inspires us. The European Free Alliance [to which the movements belong] calls on us to imagine a new Europe – a Europe based on the diversity of nations, regions, peoples, cultures and languages.”
Chris ended by inviting Silesian colleagues to visit Yorkshire.
See Chris deliver his address at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNmvJwzKhXI&feature=youtu.be