It’s a ‘Safety’ pin.
All over the UK people are pinning little steel pins on to their clothes to demonstrate a simple point.
They are safe to be with.
In the wake of the UK voting to leave the EU nationalist and racist hate crimes have increased as much as 400%. Anyone who looks ‘a bit foreign’ or who doesn’t have the right accent risks being accosted in the street and on the bus or in some cases having their business firebombed. This is the ugly face of the British far right and the new fascist bravado is terrifying.
So as a method of showing the world and our fellow citizens that not everyone hates them many of us are wearing safety pins. It’s a not-so-secret sign that says simply…
“You’re safe with me”
Will you wear yours today?